I SHOULD BE ON A TRAIN
BRAND NEW EP OUT NOW
‘WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS’
LIVE VIDEO RELEASED
Ferris & Sylvester have released their brand new EP I Should Be On A Train today (Oct 2nd) via LAB Records. Marking the release, the band have also revealed a live video for their new cover of The Beatles’ ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’.
Regarding the EP the band say, “We made this EP in the spring as we watched the world change before us. We started making all this music and decided there was no better time to get it out there. People are hurting and this is what we can give. We hope the listener comes away feeling empowered, understood and connected, even if just for a moment. This is us, reaching out.”
The I Should Be On A Train EP is an outstanding expansive record from the pair, which has been crafted during Covid-19 in their home studio and also in freer times in Seattle with the award-winning and Grammy-nominated producer Ryan Hadlock (The Lumineers, Brandi Carlile, The Strokes), the latter working on the riff-laden new track ‘Good Man’.
It features acclaimed singles including ‘Everyone Is Home’, described by Clash Magazine as “the duo’s very own isolation anthem”, and ‘Knock You Down’ which achieved further praise from the likes of Far Out Magazine – “gorgeous… an absolute sonic delight” – while Songwriting Magazine said, “this is another alt-folk classic from Ferris & Sylvester.”
The EP’s title track was quick to prove a hit and the explosive blues ballad gained 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 EP closes with their stunning cover of The Beatles’ ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’, inspired by the band’s 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 new live video is the third in a series filmed during lockdown at Streatham Space Project in London, and follows live videos for ‘I Should Be On A Train’ and ‘Knock You Down’.
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.
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
ACCLAIM FOR FERRIS & SYLVESTER
“A rich and fully realised sound that leaves you pining for a full length” Rolling Stone
“A masterpiece of Brit Folk that should already have made them household names” MOJO
“Rage-ridden brilliance. One of the best songs of the last five years” Sarah Gosling, BBC Introducing
“Alt Simon & Garfunkel… dreamy pop with spikey sentiments” The Guardian
“A great band, with lovely harmonies who opened for us last year. I’m sure they’ll continue to go from strength to strength” Robert Plant
“Amazing band” Frank Turner
“From bluesy guitars that storm and shimmer to unison vocals that build to a massive group sing-along. It heads straight for the brain’s joy receptors, and damned if it doesn’t hit its target” NPR
“Their contagious blend of country and rambunctious rockabilly is beautifully delivered” The Independent
“Sluicing together Americana-leanings with elements of blues, soul, and even a dash of pop, the pair seemed to tap into something primal” Clash
“Pure, furious and carnal bluesy rock’n’roll” Gigwise
“A major new talent.” Richard Madeley, Radio 2
“Something very special indeed” Ricky Ross, BBC Radio Scotland
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 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.
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 more.
The release of their debut album in 2021 will only see the band continue to solidify their status as one of the most exciting and loved new names on the scene.