Single release: double A-side from Syd Arthur, Ode To The Summer / Edge of The Earth
Release date: 11 March
Label: Dawn Chorus Recording Company
Listen: on official website

Praise for debut album On An On

'Dorothy begins with a calmative wash of heat-have guitars, then cedes to a lazy, joined at the hip groove that's a small marvel of poise and subtlety.... Enchanting' - Mojo

‘Dizzyingly intricate… they bristle with energy and ideas’ - Q

‘Strong compositional ideas… a careering piece’ - Uncut

‘Absurdly talented’ - Word

‘Syd Arthur are sons and heirs of those Canterbury musicians who did sometimes whimsical, sometimes intense things with psychedelic and progressive rock’ - The Guardian

‘Staggeringly good. It will take something exceptional to beat On An On to Prog Album Of The Year’ - Classic Rock  

When Syd Arthur emerged in 2012 with their debut, self-recorded, self-produced, self released album On An On, it didn’t take long for them to meet with critical acclaim. Hailed as natural successors to Canterbury’s famous folk-prog sound, they not only connected with fans of Caravan, Soft Machine and Gong, but with fans of contemporary artists like Tame Impala, Devendra Banhart and Wolf People. Rave reviews across Q, Mojo, Uncut and The Guardian followed. With the release of the single Dorothy in late 2012, the band had their first taste of UK radio support, scoring plays across Radio 2, 6 Music, XFM, Amazing Radio, NME Radio, Q Radio and more. 

Greatly inspired by the sonic pioneers of the late 60s and early 70s, they have patiently learned how to engineer, produce and mix themselves, using an innovative hybrid of analogue and digital techniques. They seamlessly mix bucolic, retro reveries, devastating blasts of precision controlled riffing, sweeping folk, fleet-fingered mandolin work and a musical vocabulary that’s as fluently conversant with world music as it is the time signature twists of many progressive artists. 

The band then finished their 2012 with a sell out headline show at Communion’s club night at The Wilmington Arms, recorded a live session for Daytrotter, were invited by Qthemusic.com to write an in depth blog on world music and received a full page ‘High Hopes’ feature from Classic Rock (who also included Edge of The Earth as one of their Best Tracks of 2012). On Boxing Day, Paul Weller and Bradley Wiggins presented a Radio 2 show of their favourite songs, during which Weller picked Ode To The Summer. He also talked the band up in Uncut magazine in their My Life In Music column (Dec 2012) and even invited them to support him live in Europe. 

It’s live that Syd Arthur really continue to impress: their intricate, high-energy live sets, which to date include Glastonbury and Secret Garden slots, have resulted in a large following emerging - one that is also blossoming in Europe as they continue to pick up tours in France, Belgium, The Netherlands and most recently Italy. For their latest dates, please see below.  

Syd Arthur UK and Ireland Tour

Headline UK and Ireland Tour dates, Feb 2013 are as follows:

9th - BREWERY ARTS CENTRE - KENDAL
Adv Tickets: £7.50 Doors: 8pm
http://www.breweryarts.co.uk/music/listing/syd-arthur

10th - THE MAZE - NOTTINGHAM
Adv Tickets: £6 (£4 NUS) Doors: 8pm
http://www.wegottickets.com/event/197835

11th - OPORTO - LEEDS
http://oportobar.co.uk/

12th - BAND ON THE WALL - MANCHESTER
Adv Tickets: £7.50 Doors: 7.30pm
http://bandonthewall.org/events/3720/

13th - BROADCAST - GLASGOW
Adv Tickets: £7 Doors: 8pm
http://www.pclpresents.com/shows.html

14th - ROISIN DUBH - GALWAY
http://www.roisindubh.net

15th - WHELANS - DUBLIN
Adv Tickets: €6 online, €8 on the door Doors: 7pm
http://www.communionmusic.co.uk/live/

19th - LOUISIANA - BRISTOL
Adv Tickets: £6 Doors: 8pm
http://www.wegottickets.com/event/197838

20th - SEBRIGHT ARMS - LONDON
Adv Tickets: £7 Doors: 8pm
http://www.communionmusic.co.uk/live/ 

21st - STICKY MIKES FROG BAR - BRIGHTON
Adv Tickets: £7 Doors: 8pm
http://www.communionmusic.co.uk/live/

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