Ferris & Sylvester have released their brand new single ‘Sickness’. The blues/folk epic has launched with great support across the board. The single premiered with Clash and has also been featured as BBC Introducing’s ‘Upload Of The Week’.
The new single arrives as the critically acclaimed London duo perform at Eurosonic Festival in Holland today (Jan 18th).
After the release and sudden success of their kitchen recorded and self-produced EP Made In Streatham last year, the duo have expanded their sound and songwriting into deeper and darker places with ‘Sickness’ alongside producer Michael Rendall (Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, Echo & The Bunnymen).
The song builds from a quiet, self-destructive thought as though Issy Ferris is whispering in your ear, and becomes an outcry of both suffering and delight, led by Archie Sylvester’s powerful scorching guitar. With their combination of roots and blues, the duo deliver a sound which sits somewhere between Jack White and First Aid Kit.
Regarding the single Ferris & Sylvester say, “Sickness was one of the first songs we wrote together. It came quickly and felt powerful almost instantly. It’s about human relationships - the power and the frustration - and the desire to throw it all away.
“We recorded the track on our last day in the studio with Michael and continued into the early hours; it felt important to keep it raw and let the song speak for itself. Everything you hear was tracked live and a lot of it was recorded in one take, the guitar solo and vocals for instance. It’s our proudest piece of work to date.”
‘Sickness’ follows the release of the duo’s last single ‘Burning River’, which was also recorded with Michael Rendall and clocked up well over half a million plays in its first two months on Spotify. The songs were written during the pair’s writing trips to Iceland and find the band at their most raw and powerful yet.
Ferris & Sylvester received strong support from BBC Music throughout last year, with radio plays coming from 6Music and Radio 2, while they also performed a number of shows in association with BBC Introducing who have now named the band in their ‘Best Of’ lists for both 2017 & 2018.
The great BBC Introducing support continues for Ferris & Sylvester in 2019. The band will be performing a live session at Maida Vale aired on Cerys Matthews’ Radio 2 Blues Show on Jan 28th. Ferris & Sylvester will also be joining Huw Stephens and Steve Lamacq in Austin, Texas as they perform their debut BBC Music showcase at SXSW Festival on March 15th.
Last year Ferris & Sylvester won hearts and praise across the country as they played to thousands of people at huge shows with the likes of Eric Clapton, Robert Plant, George Ezra and Jade Bird, while also performing at major festivals including playing the main stage at Wilderness Festival and at BST in Hyde Park.
The band play their first live show of 2019 at Eurosonic Festival today, it comes ahead of the duo embarking on their first ever headline tour next month. It will see Ferris & Sylvester play nine-dates across the UK and Ireland, with a London headline show at The Lexington on February 11th, and Manchester already sold out. Full headline tour dates can be found below:
FERRIS & SYLVESTER FEBRUARY HEADLINE TOUR DATES
4th – Leeds, Oporto
5th – Glasgow, Poetry Club
6th – Manchester, Eagle Inn **SOLD OUT**
7th – Birmingham, Cuban Embassy
9th – Exeter, Cavern
11th – London, The Lexington
12th – Brighton, The Prince Albert
13th – Southampton, The Joiners
14th – Dublin, Sound House
Tickets are available now through ferrisandsylvester.com/tour
ACCLAIM FOR FERRIS & SYLVESTER
"A great band, with lovely harmonies who opened for us last year. I’m sure they’ll continue to go from strength to strength in 2019."
“A rich and fully realised sound that leaves you pining for a full length.”
“An overlooked masterpiece of Brit Folk that should already have made them household names.”
“Alt Simon & Garfunkel… dreamy pop with spikey sentiments.”
“Their contagious blend of country and rambunctious rockabilly is beautifully delivered”
“A major new talent.”
Richard Madeley, Radio 2
“Ferris & Sylvester’s harmonies and grounded tones seem like they were born together.”
“Something very special indeed”
Ricky Ross, BBC Radio Scotland
Having released two EPs, their debut The Yellow Line in 2017 and 2018’s Made In Streatham, Ferris & Sylvester have received vast critical praise across the board, including being featured in high profile lists such as Rolling Stone Magazine’s ‘Top 10 New Country Artists You Need To Know’ and BBC Introducing’s ‘Best Of 2017’ and ‘Best Of 2018’. They have received strong radio support from BBC 6Music, Radio 2 and BBC Introducing.
Their latest EP Made In Streatham has received over 2.6 million plays on Spotify, following great support from the platform who put its singles in a number of high profile playlists including numerous New Music Friday’s and charted at No.14 on the Spotify UK Viral Top 50. It also topped the iTunes Singer/Songwriter Chart and continued to receive great support across the board of press and radio.
After a monumental year of touring in 2018, Ferris & Sylvester now stand poised and ready to launch into the new year as proudly independent songwriters and performers, with their eyes now fixed on writing their debut album.