All this week, Behind the Setlist is previewing Volume, a music festival in Spokane, Washington, which features 100 DIY and indie artists from the Pacific Northwest and beyond (put together by our friends at the Inlander). Our Spokane team will be on the ground during Volume on June 2 and June 3, but we wanted to dive into these artists ahead of time.

Who are they, where do they come from, and what can we expect? We turned up the Volume on each artist for a little preview palaver.

The South Hill @ Red Room Lounge, 6/2, 8:15 pm

Where are you from and how did the group come together?

We actually come from all over the country, including Arkansas, North Carolina, Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri. Most of us met as we grew up in high school or shortly after. The lead singer, Joe Hinegardner, and lead guitarist, Phil Lamb, became great friends in high school when Joe had moved to Arkansas and realized they were able to write and play music easily together and had planned to make a band someday, but mostly just jammed around for fun.

After high school, they both moved to Seattle, WA and then both moved different places all over the country from there for a handful of years, always remembering the idea of this band in the back of their minds. Phil eventually moved to North Carolina and married our cellist/keyboardist and vocalist, Angela Lamb, and brought her back to Spokane with him where they started an acoustic duo.

Our drummer, Will Armstrong, and bassist/guitarist, Patrick Pugh, had also been long-time friends and started another band with Phil for a couple years, playing covers and originals for all kinds different bars and events. In late 2015, Joe decided to make the move to Spokane as well, so we could finally do this long awaited project which we eventually named the South Hill. The band grew quickly as a local act and is continuing to progress and expand further and further as we finalize our first full-length album this summer.

What’s your favorite song to play live?

Our favorite song to perform live is probably “Travelin Song.” It’s got a high-energy beat with bluesy rock blasting all the way through that makes it hard not to tap your toe to. It’s one of those songs that when we play, it not only gets a crowd dancing, but also makes us want to dance while we play it. It’s definitely a fun one.

What goes into the making of a great setlist?

A great setlist can have so many factors and is an ever-changing machine. Some of our favorite components in making each setlist is to have each song build on each other and flow from one song to the next, driving emotion into every listener in the audience that captivates them from start to finish and leaves them thinking about it for days after. We’re always working on transitions between songs and morphing them into new fun pieces of art themselves. I think not letting your set fall stagnant for the band nor the fans is a huge key in the process.

While at Volume fest, who are you most excited to see perform?

There are so many great local acts. Many of them we’ve yet to see perform and we’re excited to have a weekend where a ton of those bands are performing all in one big festival. Windoe is one of those bands in which they have beautiful harmonies and melodies that draw anybody with an ear for indie music in quickly. Summer in Siberia has a great electronic and rock sound and we’d love to catch that one. We’re also excited to try to catch some of the out-of-town bands like Shawn James & the Shapeshifters, which are from Phil’s hometown in Arkansas and of course Built to Spill would be fantastic to see. We just hope we won’t be playing at the same time as a lot of these other guys, so we can catch their sets as well!

What are your plans for the rest of the year? Writing,  recording, touring?

We have quite a big year as we’re planning and looking ahead. For one, we’ve just finished recording our first full-length album and will be releasing that in the near future, so keep an ear out for that. We have a slew of fun festivals and events to play in the coming months from Volume to Elkfest and even the Night Market in Kendall Yards which is on the west side of Spokane. After all of these, we’ll be working on touring out a bit and growing our name in some new areas. We’re really just getting started with this band and are so excited about what lies ahead right now. If you’re reading this and would like us to come to your town, send us a message on Facebook or email and we’ll do our best to make it out to you!

Answers by Phil Lamb. Follow the South Hill on Facebook. Get Volume tickets here


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