Rhys Bloodjoy — “a solo psychedelic explosion” — has been wowing audiences on the underground since emerging on the Manchester live scene in late 2014.
Shrouded in mystery with his head hooded, Bloodjoy’s one-guitar-sound combines heartfelt vocals, semi-controlled feedback and echo-drenched acoustic guitar loops and beats; a sound which has been described as “Hypnotic…mellow and intense at the same time“, while his live performance has been dubbed as one that “quite easily blows most four and five piece epics bands off the stage.”
2015 saw him added to the bills of several key northern UK festivals (including Manchester’s Cosmosis, Leeds Karma III and Astral Elevator’s Rising) and in addition to playing shows in Sheffield and London, he also ventured overseas for his first tour of the Netherlands.
His first show of 2016 saw him invited to play as main support to Singapore Sling, followed by a second appearance at Cosmosis in March (on a bill alongside the likes the Jesus & Mary Chain and Brian Jonestown Massacre).
After a wave of interest from record labels, Bloodjoy opted to release a 7″ single in June via Manchester indie label, Sister 9 Recordings; a record which was enthusiastically mastered by Spacemen 3 legend, Sonic Boom.
Having spent the summer writing and recording new music, Bloodjoy kicked off the Autumn with a 10-date tour of Spain, followed by UK dates (including his first Manchester home-town headline show) to celebrate the release of his first full length EP, “Psyche Attack Theories”, released in the form of an exclusive limited edition download card + digipak on December 23th via Sister 9 Recordings.
2017 is shaping up with plans for a UK tour/single release in May, followed by his debut LP + more UK/European tour dates TBC.
“One man, a guitar, a host of effects pedals. Rhys Bloodjoy loops, layers and builds his sound from the ground up to create an experience that gradually grows in intensity. Dark, and moody in a rather exquisite, hypnotic way. The singer-songwriter is a rare talent. Others have called him a lo-fi genius. Don’t be fooled by this. It’s a technically wonderful set that if I was to sum up in one word, it would have to be spellbinding.” Backseat Mafia (live review)
“This man, alone with his loop machine and guitar, shines bright with talent. It’s Joy in your Blood indeed, homeless Joy under warehouses’ ceilings and along silvery canals.” Ask The Sky Magazine
“Bloodjoy’s music is brutalism set to music; the DIY loops, the furious oil-slick guitar and a banshee howl. Primitive, back street sea-shanties. All mixed with the homespun tang of pale ale and everyday violence. It’s psych but the beats become trance. Intensity breeds fascination. His music is stripped back but heavy, a man with no background who sees the meaning of all. A hypnotic live act and a unique sound.” Colorhorizon
“Manchester’s Rhys Bloodjoy’s unique style fusion of the modern sing-songwriter and all-consuming psychedelia quite easily blows most 4 and five epics bands off the stage and has earnt him space on the bills of some of the best nights of live music the North of England has to offer” Burn Down The Disco
“One-man psychedelic loopsmith…stretching the mind’s limits from a minimalist starting point” Grey Lantern
“A tortured soul with a lot of talent…a modern day monk of some Holy Order of Melancholia” Local Sound Focus (live review)