CROYDE VIEW FESTIVAL
SATURDAY 6 AUGUST 2016
Nestled in a lush green valley on the North Devon coastline, the village of Woolacombe is a small but renowned seaside resort as unassuming as it is popular. Celebrated for its vast dramatic landscape, majestic cliff top views and one of the best surf breaks the UK has to offer, the village is one of those paradoxical gems; a secret spot that just about everyone seems to know about. Almost a ghost town in the wintertime, in the warmer months it surges into chaos, as tourists and surfers flood in to enjoy the beach and the consistent swells that form near-perfect waves along its three mile stretch.
It is this remote corner of the South West that the members of The Tuesday Syndicate call home, and where they played their first low key shows in 2013. The five lads, (Sam Mayo – Lead vocals/ Acoustic guitar Ed Humphreys – Drums & Percussion, Olly Bolland – Guitar/ Backing vocals, Chris Tanton – Lead guitar Steve Tanton – Bass), brought together through a shared passion for surfing and outdoor coastal life, began entertaining the staff and customers with covers at local bar Captain Jacks on a miserable Tuesday afternoon that had no likelihood of waves. They soon became a weekly fixture, logically acquiring the monicker ‘The Tuesday Syndicate’, and quickly set to work on writing their own material and playing further afield, steadily amassing a fanbase and local press attention.
By September 2014 they had released their debut EP ‘What it’s Worth’, a collection of songs showcasing a sound soaked in beach life and oceanside sing-alongs. The EP received overwhelmingly positive reviews; BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq Show described the band as ‘like Jake Bugg but with a full band and a lot more attitude.’
With a keen eye on songwriting craft leading to comparisons with current UK heroes Passenger and Ed Sheeran, further boosted by a melodic pop rock sensibility akin to Ben Harper, John Butler Trio, and Mumford & Sons, the boys had managed to tap into a sound with wide appeal that still felt tied to their Devon roots; anthemic tunes that depicted intimate and reflective moments.
Fast forward a year and a half, after a period of tireless touring and songwriting, and The Tuesday Syndicate are preparing to release their second EP. Having been spotted playing to a rapt audience at Exeter’s Timepiece venue, the band were introduced to international promoter Lisa Portman, herself no stranger to crowd-pleasing rock acts, having been promotions manager for a list of bands that reads like a who’s who of acts from the last several decades, including The Rolling Stones, Lenny Kravitz, U2, At The Drive-In, and A Perfect Circle, amongst many others. Lisa recognised the band’s potential for widespread appeal and their will to succeed in the industry, and working alongside On Track Music’s Sarah Lacey (former PR Manager for Mama Stones Records and founder of well renowned Loft Barbers Live Sessions), the band has a renewed sense of direction, with the benefit of a team around them who can help make their dream happen. Additionally, the band have begun to expand their sonic palette under the expert guidance of producer Joe Kearns (Adele, Kasabian, Florence & the Machine, Ellie Goulding), whilst still maintaining their talent for finely penned pop material.
There is a fervent urgency and determination in the band’s music that not only reflects the emotional potency of their lyrical output, but is also an indication of their desire to be heard by a far wider audience in larger venues. The Tuesday Syndicate have already garnered big stage experience in their three year existence, joining Bastille and Xavier Rudd in the line up at Gold Coast Ocean Fest, and performing at the Isle of Wight Festival on the same bill as Biffy Clyro, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Kings of Leon. Most recently they played to a packed out Shepherds Bush Empire, comfortably filling the larger capacity space their music seems destined for. In their live shows they display the effortless cohesion of a group of musicians who have a close affinity with each other musically as well as personally, who genuinely enjoy performing together as friends- a quality which cannot be imitated, and is added to by the fact that the band contains brothers Chris and Steve Tanton. It’s also worth noting, in this age of Instagram fame and image driven media, that the members of The Tuesday Syndicate are blessed with the kind of rugged good looks and healthy ebullience one would expect from a group of guys who still find opportunities to surf in their increasingly rare downtime, and remind themselves what brought them together in the first place. This infectious onstage chemistry and easy-on-the-eye approachability lends their performances a relatable intimacy even when the feedback is wailing and the volume is maxed out. These guys work hard and humble to bring the best out of each other creatively, a sentiment echoed in the lyrics to ‘The Reason’…. “I will never forget the reason we fight…we’re not leaving ’til we get it right…we live for these nights”.