Once, it was a popular, almost cliche thing for schools to be a thriving environment for music and pop culture, where lovers of any genre could bond together over their source of inspiration. With the gradual disappearance of this atmosphere entering the mid 2000’s, the pillars of school music communities, the bands, lost much of their audience and support.
What about Southern?
Just as any other school, Southern has a slowly dwindling amount of music ‘groupies’ or enthusiasts in the popular alternative styles of music, but they do exist. In Southern, there are relatively few active bands. The first band to bring to attention is the Alt-Rock band Unabridged, the second oldest and most active of the three. They were founded in April of 2015 by two freshman who honed their skills as musicians playing in a musty garage together. For two years they practiced and carefully developed their sound, then over the summer of 2016 took on a drummer. By the fall of this year, they brought down the house as the final act at the Variety Show on October 4th with their original composition, “ Picture On My Phone”.
Unabridged has it’s debut EP recorded and is in the process of being mastered at the local “Sound Pound Studio” under the careful and passionate production of Josh Van Dyke, they have a lot of hope for the future, and rightfully so. The band will be playing at The Lizzie Rose in Tuckerton on Sunday, February 19th with another band that has recently formed, Until November…
The duo Until November, formed in September of this year, is an emo-acoustic band that writes a good amount of originals and plays mainly covers. During the Variety Show, its drummer played with the act, “Maybe Next Year’ band. Until November is mainly focusing on covers but in the near future they are planning on expanding their set-list with their very abstract blend of sound.
The last band to bring to attention is the oldest remaining band, Kings Without Crowns. With all of the members being seniors now, the fate of the band is unsure, but they have truly had quite a good time. Starting sometime during 2013, the Drummer of newly founded Until November started a band with his friends, they played around the Basement scene in Asbury Park, Little Silver, Trenton, Philadelphia, and many more exciting places. Their early style could be described as being reminiscent of Blink-182, and they stuck with that groove all the way up until now.
With such a small and diminishing music scene, how do we preserve it from its eventual demise? The youngest member of the bands combined is the drummer from Unabridged, and he is a Sophomore. By next year, only Unabridged will remain in their senior year. Well, there is something that can be done, support your school music scene.
Once in awhile, check the walls in the hallways for posters and flyers announcing concerts and show dates, check social media and listen for the school announcements to mention if any of the bands have anything coming up. Once you get involved, the experience will be unforgettable, you will be able to say one day that you were involved in your school music, and because of your support, you would be helping your bands make it in the music business. If no one does anything, if everyone sits inside and listens to the readily available pop music then the music scene will gradually fade.