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Canterbury’s self-described ‘retro-futurists’ Syd Arthur bring their jazz psychedelia to Stockton’s Georgian Theatre on Friday 17th November. Given that their name is inspired by two of their influences – Syd Barrett, the founding member of Pink Floyd and LA rock god Arthur ‘Love’ Lee – it’s not difficult to imagine their blend of retro psychedelia and modern jazz, which is all tied up with relatable guitar riffs and funky rhythms.

The band have been making proggy guitar jazz with the unique addition of string instruments, such as violin and mandolin, since their school days. Their most recent release, 2016’s Apricity (meaning the warmth of the sun on a cold winter’s day), constitutes a considerable development in their sound. While remaining true to their roots, this most recent effort has a much more sophisticated approach, with yet more dynamic variation and instrumental experimentation. Having been revered for their intense live show, their gig at the Georgian Theatre should be an exciting one, offering a fine chance to watch these innovators at work. They’ll be supported by Middlesbrough’s own funk psych rockers Crease.


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