A solo psychedelic explosion…one to watch…lo-fi brilliance. Manchester Evening News
Rhys Bloodjoy 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 psychedelic 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, shortly before quietly releasing a 7″ single (‘Scandinavian Girlfriend / Broken Window’) which was enthusiastically mastered by Spacemen 3 legend, Sonic Boom, and eagerly pressed up by Manchester indie label, Sister 9 Recordings.With several other record labels now expressing interest and a new management deal on the cards, Bloodjoy kicked off 2016 recording songs for his intended first 12″ release. The tracks were then mixed alongside renowned engineer, Tim G, at BigTone Studio in Manchester.Bloodjoy first show of the year saw him invited to play as main support to Singapore Sling and main appearances at the Coastival Festival in Scarborough, followed by a second appearance at Cosmosis in March (on a bill with the likes of the Jesus & Mary Chain and BJM) are all paving the way to european dates to be announced for late Spring and Summer.
Note: The 7” contains a card for free digital download enclosing a secret bonus track.
Credits: Songs written & performed by Rhys Bloodjoy. Mixed at 2fly Studios by Dave Sanderson. Mastered by Sonic Boom at New Atlantis Studio. Artwork by Briony.
Distribution: Cargo Records
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A hypnotic live act and a unique sound….a raw, primal power…the essence of dance music…a captivating force, hypnotic and revelatory. You are swept away like a wooden shack in a tornado. Colorhorizon (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
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. One-man psychedelic loopsmith…stretching the mind’s limits from a minimalist starting point. A tortured soul with a lot of talent…a modern day monk of some Holy Order of Melancholia.Local Sound Focus (live review)