The live video is the second in a series filmed during lockdown at Streatham Space Project in London, and follows the release of the ‘I Should Be On A Train’ live video last month. 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.
The video series captures the intimacy and intoxicating energy of a Ferris & Sylvester live show, even in an empty venue. The ‘Knock You Down’ live video finds the band stripping back the wistful psychedelic touches of the Mellotron played on the record and injecting slick guitar lines from Archie Sylvester in its place.
‘Knock You Down’ was released last month to great praise with the likes of Far Out Magazine describing it as, “gorgeous… an absolute sonic delight”, while Songwriting Magazine said, “this is another alt-folk classic from Ferris & Sylvester.”
‘Knock You Down’ follows the release of the EP’s lead single and title track ‘I Should Be On A Train’. The explosive blues ballad was 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 forthcoming I Should Be On A Train EP also features the previously released single ‘Everyone Is Home’, described by Clash Magazine as “the duo’s very own isolation anthem”, as well the brand new song ‘Good Man’ with its groove-laden riffs and 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 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:
UK HEADLINE TOUR DATES
25th – Exeter, Cavern
26th – Nottingham, Metronome
28th – Brighton, Green Door Store
1st – London, Lafayette
3rd – Manchester, Night & Day
4th – Leeds, Hyde Park Book Club
6th – Glasgow, King Tuts
7th – Bristol, The Exchange
US & CANADA HEADLINE TOUR DATES
25th – Los Angeles, Hotel Café
27th – Chicago, Martyr’s
30th – Nashville, High Watt
1st – Washington DC, Songbyrd
2nd – New York City, Rockwood Music Hall
3rd – Toronto, Drake Hotel
I SHOULD BE ON A TRAIN EP TRACK LISTING
I Should Be On A Train
Knock You Down
Everyone Is Home
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”
“A masterpiece of Brit Folk that should already have made them household names”
“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”
"A great band, with lovely harmonies who opened for us last year. I’m sure they’ll continue to go from strength to strength"
“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”
“Their contagious blend of country and rambunctious rockabilly is beautifully delivered”
“Sluicing together Americana-leanings with elements of blues, soul, and even a dash of pop, the pair seemed to tap into something primal”
“Pure, furious and carnal bluesy rock'n'roll”
“A major new talent.”
Richard Madeley, Radio 2
“Something very special indeed”
Ricky Ross, BBC Radio Scotland