Ferris & Sylvester have released a live video for their new single ‘I Should Be On A Train’, the title track of their forthcoming EP out October 2nd via LAB Records.
The live video has been filmed during lockdown at Streatham Space Project in London. It the captures the intimacy and intoxicating energy of a Ferris & Sylvester live show, even in an empty venue. The band are due to play a headline show at the venue as part of the Streatham Festival, which is already sold out, and a rescheduled date is to be announced soon.
Regarding the live video Ferris & Sylvester say, “It felt so good to play as a band. This song came to life at home, in the comfort of our studio. We would usually play around with a song on tour, try out a few ideas and let it come to life. This time was different. But hitting that first chorus live with drums, electric guitar, lights and cameras felt very special. We can’t wait to play it on our tour next year.”
Ferris & Sylvester released ‘I Should Be On A Train’ and the official video earlier this month. The explosive blues ballad is written, recorded and produced by the band and follows the musings of a woman planning her escape, but not having the courage to leave the one she loves.
The track has been 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 upcoming new five-track EP captures Ferris & Sylvester’s unique blend of blues, Americana and folk, whilst also seeing them expand on their sound. ‘Knock You Down’ features wistful psychedelic touches, while the groove-laden riffs of ‘Good Man’ are intertwined with 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 EP also features the previously released ‘Everyone Is Home’, described by Clash Magazine as “the duo’s very own isolation anthem”. The heartfelt lyrics recognise the loneliness in the uncertain times yet also celebrate the togetherness, bravery and resilience that has come with it.
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:
About Ferris & Sylvester
Having released 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 ‘Upload of The Year 2019’ and ’Best Of 2018’. They have received strong radio support from Radio 1, BBC 6Music, Radio 2, Radio X and BBC Introducing.
Their EP Made In Streatham has received over four 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 Fridays 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 at press and radio.
In 2019 the band expanded their sound and songwriting into deeper and darker places alongside producer Michael Rendall (Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, Echo & The Bunnymen) on singles ‘Burning River’, ‘Sickness’ and ‘I Dare You’, which clocked up well over half a million plays in the first two months on Spotify. The songs led them to complete a live session for BBC Introducing at Madia Vale Studios amidst a wealth of acclaim across the board.
The band have enjoyed a monumental year of touring which 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 more.
Ferris & Sylvester played their first US shows in 2019 and headed out to Texas to play a number of dates throughout SXSW festival. They proved themselves one of the hottest tipped artists of the week, featuring in NPR’s ‘Austin 100’ list, while also spotlighted by Mandatory, Austin City Limits and many more.
The release of their debut album coming soon will only see the band continue to solidify their status as one of the most loved new names on the scene.
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