The video launches as the critically acclaimed duo embark on their first ever headline UK tour, starting with a sold out show at Leeds Oporto tonight (Feb 4th). The band are playing nine dates across the UK and in Dublin this month, with sold out dates throughout including London’s The Lexington, which they play on February 11th.
‘Sickness’ is an exciting taste of the raw and powerful new sound from Ferris & Sylvester. It’s something fans can expect to hear more of with new music teased on their headline tour. With their combination of roots and blues, the duo deliver a sound which sits somewhere between Jack White and First Aid Kit.
The video, directed by Sam Parish-Rookes, captures the pair as they bid farewell to the ordinary, and journey through a mist-hewn woodland to much darker and sinister places. With a raging fire at the centre, the film concludes as the couple celebrate nonconformity by burning their possessions whilst concealing their faces with animal masks. Although dark undertones run throughout, there is a distinct feeling of liberation, as if this is just the beginning.
Regarding the video Ferris & Sylvester say, “We filmed the ‘Sickness’ music video on the wettest, coldest weekend in December in The Black Down Hills, Somerset. We worked from sunrise until late, and it was one of the hardest and most rewarding projects we’ve worked on. We wanted the video to be wild and powerful, like the song. Sam worked tirelessly with us on this concept for months and the end result is something we’re all immensely proud of. It’s well worth a watch – guitars are destroyed in the making of this video.”
After the duo’s killer start to 2019 with ‘Sickness’, the song has been quick to prove a hit at radio with plays coming across BBC 6Music, Radio 2, Radio X and BBC Introducing.
Ferris & Sylvester were invited to perform their BBC Introducing live session at Maida Vale Studios, which aired on Cerys Matthews’ Blues Show on BBC Radio 2. BBC Introducing have supported the duo throughout their rapidly growing career and included the band in their ‘Best Of 2018’ list after inviting them to play Wilderness Festival’s main stage last summer.
Last year, the duo won hearts and praise across the country as they played to thousands alongside the likes of Eric Clapton, Robert Plant, George Ezra and Jade Bird, while also performing at major festivals including Bath Festival, BST in Hyde Park and Barn On The Farm.
Following the run of shows this month, Ferris & Sylvester will be heading out to Austin, Texas for their debut SXSW performance. They will join Huw Stephens and Steve Lamacq for the BBC Music Showcase on March 15th. They have also been announced to play Live At Leeds festival on May 4thand will be supporting Wildwood Kin on their UK tour throughout April and May.
FERRIS & SYLVESTER FEBRUARY HEADLINE TOUR DATES
4th– Leeds, Oporto **SOLD OUT**
5th– Glasgow, Poetry Club
6th– Manchester, Eagle Inn **SOLD OUT**
7th– Birmingham, Cuban Embassy **SOLD OUT**
9th– Exeter, Cavern
11th– London, The Lexington **SOLD OUT**
12th– Brighton, The Prince Albert
13th– Southampton, The Joiners
14th– Dublin, Sound House
Tickets are available now through ferrisandsylvester.com/tour
ACCLAIM FOR FERRIS & SYLVESTER
"A great band, with lovely harmonies who opened for us last year. I’m sure they’ll continue to go from strength to strength in 2019."
“A rich and fully realised sound that leaves you pining for a full length.”
“An overlooked 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.”
“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.”
“A major new talent.”
Richard Madeley, Radio 2
“Ferris & Sylvester’s harmonies and grounded tones seem like they were born together.”
“Something very special indeed”
Ricky Ross, BBC Radio Scotland