Band Members
Lauren Norton, David Sachs, Sam Shirley, Kelsey Brewer and Olin Hannum
Acoustic / Folk / Lowcore

The Souterrain is a four-piece folk outfit from Davis, and all members are, or have been, students at UC Davis. From "We make some strange music, but we do our best to make it pretty. Folk cures, lullabies, and revenge fantasies all have their home in our soundscape." The name comes from the French word for "Underground."


photo by Caroline Baudinet The band formed in November 2010, completing its line up when Sachs transferred to Davis from Orange County. Norton and Shirley met in a production of Macbeth in 2009, and, after several chance encounters, decided to play a few tunes together. The results of their first meeting were "Mr. Bones" and "What Ails You"—two songs which demonstrate the range and sensibility of The Souterrain: intimate lyricism, spare melodic accompaniment, goblins and insomnia. They called it "lowcore" for its understated intensity, a term coined by Norton in 2010.

In the summer of 2011 the band went on a three-week tour of Ireland, performing at the country's largest music and arts festival, the Electric Picnic. They printed 200 pre-release copies of their self-titled album, some of which may be found in the States. The album was recorded at The Hanger (an old almond-factory-converted-studio) and engineered by Scott McChane. The album will be released in the States and online in 2012.

The Souterrain's debut album will also be featured in the upcoming film, Friends of the Bride - a romantic comedy about love and lunacy.

The band has welcomed drummer Kelsey Brewer (2011) and bugler Olin Hannum (2012) into the fold. Brewer and Hannum add energy and drive to the Souterrain's live show, check them out!



  • School Song Part 2
  • Lot's Wife


  • Paddleboat
  • Jenny's Song
  • Jack Be Nimble
  • Ill Seen Ill Said
  • Let It Fall
  • Soft Truth
  • Tattoo Freak
  • Pink Flamingo
  • Prophecy
  • Marlow
  • Occupy


  • Mr. Bones
  • What Ails You
  • The Island
  • Sous Sol
  • Corner Shop
  • School Song
  • Don't Tell Me


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2011-04-15 23:52:45   Haunting, beautiful, funny, acerbic...I love this trio. I downloaded most of their songs listed above from Facebook/Reverbnation. I'm looking forward to getting the rest of them. —MHougham

2011-04-27 23:24:03   Great band, fantastic live performances. Love the vocals and the arrangements. Hope to see a lot more of them. —JohnHammerhead