Commercial Music and English Graduates
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Joel Magill and Fred Rother are both Canterbury Christ Church Commercial Music graduates.
Syd Arthur – Magill, his brother Joel (bass, vocals), Raven Bush (violin, keyboards, mandolin), and Fred Rother (drums) – emerged out of Kent early in the new century, their post-millennial revision of classic British psychedelic music leading MOJO to proclaim them “Canterbury’s dazzling new sons.”
On An On, the band’s 2012 debut album (released in 2013 by Harvest), affirmed their insatiable appetite for invention, bridging ambitious time-shifting workouts with indelible folk-pop dazzlers like the breakthrough single, “Ode To The Summer.”
Syd Arthur also earned hosannas as an exhilarating live act, honing their distinctive jams through near-constant performance, from their start playing self-promoted festies to myriad headline shows in both the UK and the US with support slots in the past alongside such like-minded artists as White Denim, Vampire Weekend and the one and only Paul Weller, as well as upcoming performances tours with Jonathan Wilson and Sean Lennon’s The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger. Performing on increasingly bigger stages proved a valuable lesson and a significant influence on the band’s musical perspective.
A recent tour of the US with veteran prog rockers Yes and the release of a new album Sound Mirror proves this is just the beginning for the band…