Arthur Beatrice briefly showed themselves a few years ago when some of their demos appeared online to generally warm reception, but the band quietly retreated from this newly found bit of spotlight almost as quickly as they arrived. The British band just released their first album Working Out and will make their San Francisco debut at The Chapel on March 6. Orlando Leopard and Ella Giradort trade off lead vocals as brothers Elliot and Hamish Barnes provide R&B-infused drum and bass, respectively.
The band has been clouded in secrecy, much to their own amusement (their web site url is the very tongue-in-cheek online-presence.info). They have discussed in interviews that it was never a deliberate decision to keep their music withdrawn for the purpose of trying to stay hidden from the public eye but rather due to their meticulous song-craft process—some of the songs on their debut taking nearly two years to complete. Think traditional pop music meets the instrumentation of Wild Beasts and you’re close to getting an idea of what they sound like, although other comparisons have drawn to The xx. The band is emphatic that they’re just a pop band and love other bands that aspire to do the same, showing a deep love of the genre-bending bands that are hard to categorize that they draw inspiration from (Talking Heads, Talk Talk to name a few).
Arthur Beatrice has been making the rounds in England for a few years but are just now embarking on their first U.S. tour with a final destination set for some prominent positions at SXSW. The quartet stops at The Chapel in San Francisco this Thursday for their first show in the Bay with support from local band There’s Talk, and we have your chance to win two tickets. If you don’t know the drill already read below on how to enter for your chance to score 2 tickets to their premiere.
To enter for a chance to win tickets to see Arthur Beatrice at The Chapel, email firstname.lastname@example.org with “Arthur Beatrice” in the subject line and your full name and email address in the body of the email. A winner will be selected at random and notified via email.
Check out their song “Midland” to get an idea of what to expect at their show. They’re definitely shaping up to be a band to watch.