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Ferris & Sylvester
+ Disco Rococo
+ Jamie Yost
Things are going very well for London based songwriting duo Ferris & Sylvester, yet one-and-a-half years ago they hadn’t even met. Back in the summer of 2017, Camden’s Spiritual Bar featured a young Issy Ferris playing the weekly folk nights whilst the big-voiced Archie Sylvester headlined Saturday nights with his blues band. The two shared the same stage for six months, but never played the same night. Our story may have been very different had fate (and Raf, the venue booker) not brought them together.
A hundred gigs later, Ferris & Sylvester are a force to be reckoned with. Many industry veterans are already backing them as stars of the future and ‘Ones To Watch’ in 2019 and beyond. And what makes for a star? Classic songs, standout voices, excellent stagecraft and drive, all of which Ferris & Sylvester have by the bucketload.
With clear references to the mid-60s sounds of Greenwich Village, the canny combination of blues, folk and indie-rock ’n’ roll that emerged from their solo selves is spellbinding, sitting somewhere between the riff-driven energy of Jack White and the expansive melodies of First Aid Kit (‘Alt-Simon & Garfunkel‘ – The Guardian).
Determined to get their music out there and with next to no budget, the duo recorded and self-produced their Made In Streatham EP in the kitchen of their South London flat. Released through their own label Archtop Records, the EP has clocked up millions of streams on Spotify, risen to No.1 on the iTunes Singer-Songwriter chart, No.14 on the Spotify UK Viral Top 50 and received widespread acclaim (‘A masterpiece of Brit Folk‘ – MOJO).
‘A masterpiece of Brit Folk that should already have made them household names.’
‘F&S head straight for the brain’s joy receptors, and damned if they don’t hit their target.’
‘A rich & fully realised sound that leaves one pining for a full-length.’
‘Alt Simon & Garfunkel: dreamy pop with spiky sentiments.’
‘Their blend of country & rambunctious rockabilly is beautifully delivered.’