Syd Arthur are set to play a string of dates with The Shins as well as some summer co-headline slots with Morgan Delt. Following their recent single No Peace, which also featured a mighty remix from Paul Weller with Noel Gallagher on guitar, the band are ready to demonstrate again what an exhilarating live outfit they are. Morgan Delt and Syd Arthur are no strangers, the former having remixed No Peace at the beginning of 2017.
Syd Arthur had a stellar 18 months. From playing huge arena shows in the US, touring with fellow progressive-experimentalists White Denim to releasing their most successful album to date – the year has cemented their reputation as a serious creative force. The album, Apricity, marked a new sonic direction for the band, chillwave influences abounded and a new retro-futurism was formed - not least on new single No Peace – one of the stand-out cuts from the record. Syd Arthur have built an enviable reputation as a band apart. Formed out of the forest party rave scene in their home county, and with a hard-won DIY self-sufficiency, they developed a sound and approach miles beyond their foursquare indie peers. Here was swirling rock with psychedelic textures, guitar-based trance with a funk groove. A band adaptive enough, bold enough, to tour with White Denim and The Strokes.
Syd Arthur is brothers Liam Magill, Joel Magill (bass, vocals), and Josh Magill (drums) and Raven Bush (violin, keyboards, mandolin). Formed in Canterbury, the band has explored the myriad possibilities of improvisation, taking an exceptional approach born of prodigious musicianship, elemental songcraft, and an unabashed spirit of adventure 2017 is already shaping up to be another stunning year for Syd Arthur.
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