Taking their name from the character in the William Blake Poem ‘The Little Girl Lost’, Yorkshire four-piece Lyca Sleep are as ethereal and lavish sounding their name suggests. Formed in 2001, their epic, imaginative sonic textures have drawn comparisons to Sigur Ros, My Bloody Valentine, Spacemen 3 and early Verve among others.
Having toured with such like-minded acts as The Warlocks, Six By Seven and Oceansize, the band have gained a reputation for intense, hypnotic live performances, with a stage presence to set them apart from some of their more shoegazing, less charismatic peers and forefathers. A series of impressive gigs -including a date at Alan McGee’s Death Disco- led to a deal with Genepool records and saw the release of acclaimed debut single ‘Sold Me a Ride’ last year, a mini-masterpiece, perfectly showcasing the Lyca sound.
With second single 'Closer In' (backed with live favourite ‘Inches of Air’) released four days before this Manchester date of the tour, the gig is sure to show another leap forward for these Sheffield-based soundscapers.
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Other Side of Sound
A Boy Called Doris
Friday April 29th 2005 @ Dry Bar, Manchester. Tickets £5, Doors 7.30pm.
“Only the greatest of guitar bands know intuitively just how long to hold a sound. Kevin Shields knew it. Lyca Sleep know it too.” Cath Aubergine- Manchestermusic.co.uk
“Epic, skyscraping pastels of sound, recalling Sigur Ros and My Bloody Valentine. Simply breathtaking” Drownedinsound.com
“Swirling Psychedelic loops of guitar” Steve Lamacq- Radio One
“Absolutely Magnificent” Mary Ann Hobbs- Radio One
“Delicate Texturing… brutal flashes of energy” Altmusic.net