Ferris & Sylvester have released their brand new single ‘Knock You Down’, the latest track to be taken from their forthcoming EP I Should Be On A Train out October 2nd via LAB Records.
‘Knock You Down’ is a coming of age anthem, in which Ferris & Sylvester use Mellotron flutes and cellos to inject a wistful psychedelic touch into their unique blend of folk, blues and Americana. The nostalgic accompanying video sees the band recording the song in their home studio. Shot on film, it captures their creative process, including Archie tracking drums in the living room and Issy dancing through her vocal take.
Regarding the song Ferris & Sylvester say, “We are so excited to have this song out in the world. We decided to take this somewhere different, away from anything we have done before. For us it feels like the most personal song from the collection, referencing our own childhood nostalgia, like learning about Vikings and pink icing on Fridays.
“There’s such a pressure on people to reach their goals and dreams as quickly as possible. It can make you feel older than you are, wishing that you could be younger, braver and more free. Making this one was a lot of fun and we hope it awakens the confident, daring child inside the listener.”
‘Knock You Down’ follows the release of the EP’s lead single and title track, ‘I Should Be On A Train’ earlier this month. The explosive blues ballad was quick to draw great praise, including strong support from Bob Harris on his Radio 2 show, while it led BBC Introducing South West to feature the band as their ‘Artist Of The Week’. Ferris & Sylvester were featured as ‘Legends Of The Future’ by Sunday People and the song has continued to receive critical praise from the likes of American Songwriter, Maverick Magazine and many more.
The forthcoming I Should Be On A Train EP also features the previously released single ‘Everyone Is Home’, described by Clash Magazine as “the duo’s very own isolation anthem”, as well the brand new song ‘Good Man’ with its groove-laden riffs and Ravi Shankar influences. The EP closes with a cover of The Beatles’ ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’, inspired by their lockdown livestreams where they shared a new cover every week with their fans and also raised money to help local venues stay in business via the Music Venue Trust, of which they are patrons.
The I Should Be On A Train EP finds Ferris & Sylvester thriving in the world’s state of transition, taking the opportunity to explore new territories, spurred on by the success of the past and looking forward to the future.
Ferris & Sylvester have made a distinct mark on the live scene both in the UK and across the Atlantic. This is set to continue in 2021 as they have announced their largest headline shows for next year. The band will tour the UK throughout February and March, with a London headline show at Lafayette on March 1st. The band will then head off for a six date tour across the US and Canada. Tickets are available here and full tour dates can be found below:
UK HEADLINE TOUR DATES
25th – Exeter, Cavern
26th – Nottingham, Metronome
28th – Brighton, Green Door Store
1st – London, Lafayette
3rd – Manchester, Night & Day
4th – Leeds, Hyde Park Book Club
6th – Glasgow, King Tuts
7th – Bristol, The Exchange
US & CANADA HEADLINE TOUR DATES
25th – Los Angeles, Hotel Café
27th – Chicago, Martyr’s
30th – Nashville, High Watt
1st – Washington DC, Songbyrd
2nd – New York City, Rockwood Music Hall
3rd – Toronto, Drake Hotel
I SHOULD BE ON A TRAIN EP TRACK LISTING
- I Should Be On A Train
- Knock You Down
- Everyone Is Home
- Good Man
- With A Little Help From My Friends
Ferris & Sylvester kicked off 2020 by being awarded the ‘Emerging Artist Award’ at the UK Americana Awards, selected by Radio 2’s Bob Harris who declared the band “a rising force in British music [with] a sound that is absolutely unique.”
The award reflected what huge success Ferris & Sylvester have enjoyed in the early stages of their career so far. 2019 saw the duo complete two UK and Ireland headline tours and play over 100 live shows. Particular highlights included their debut at SXSW, Nashville’s AmericanaFest and Glastonbury festival and two consecutive sold out shows at London’s Omeara.
Over the course of just two EPs and a selection of singles, Ferris & Sylvester have received vast critical praise across the board, including being featured in high profile lists such as Rolling Stone Magazine’s ‘Best Americana of the Week’ and ‘Top 10 New Country Artists You Need To Know’, NPR’s Top 100 SXSW Artists and BBC Introducing Devon & Cornwall’s Best Of Year lists for three consecutive years. They have received strong radio support from Radio 1, BBC 6Music, Radio 2, Radio X and BBC Introducing, which also saw them complete a live session at Maida Vale.
Their EP Made In Streatham has received 4m+ on Spotify, following great support from the platform who put its singles in a number of high profile playlists including numerous New Music Fridays and charted at No.14 on the Spotify UK Viral Top 50. It also topped the iTunes Singer/Songwriter Chart.
The band’s monumental touring schedule has seen them play to thousands of people alongside the likes of Eric Clapton, Robert Plant, Tom Jones, George Ezra, James Morrison, Jade Bird and Billy Lockett. They also performed at major festivals including Glastonbury, Isle Of Wight, Sziget, Black Deer, BST in Hyde Park, Eurosonic, Barn On The Farm, The Great Escape, SXSW and many…