The Sailmakers are an English Psychedelic Rock band from Leeds, UK. The band originally formed in Keighley in 2008, but went on to form a new line up in 2013, consisting of original members Ryan Madden (Vocals/Guitars) and John Chapman (Lead Guitar) and new members Tess O'Donovan (Vocals/Flute), Mark Redman (Percussion), and Richard Furness (Bass).
The band were selected along with 5 other acts to perform at The Venue, Leeds College of Music as part of '360 Live' in association with BBC Introducing in February 2012, and are also being championed by BBC Introducing having played 5 live sessions on Alan Raw's show, and given regular airplay. On Saturday 7 September 2013 the band played a live session on BBC Introducing in West Yorkshire, debuting 3 songs from their new EP 'Shifting Sands'.
Singles and EP's
The band released their first single 'Like a River' on their own label, Kingpot Records, on 6 January 2012. This was followed by their acclaimed debut EP 'Creaking Ships and Midnight Whiskey' on 26 March 2012. The band then released the digital single 'Remember', on Friday 24 August 2012 via iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and Deezer. In February 2013 the single '99 Miles' was released, which is available from Crash Records, Jumbo Records, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and Deezer. Exclusive limited edition copies, featuring the B-Side 'In The Snow', were available at the launch party for this single.
On Monday 9 September 2013 via Crash Records, Jumbo Records, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and Deezer, The Sailmakers released their second EP 'Shifting Sands'. Exclusive limited edition copies, featuring artwork, T-Shirts, and Badges were available at the launch party, held at the 360 Club Leeds on Friday 13 September 2013.
The latest release from the band is the digital double A-Side single 'Delivo'. This was released on Friday 30th May 2014 via all major download stores. The lauch party for this single was held at The Wardrobe Leeds as a double headline event with York based band Littlemores.
Sound and influences
The band's sound has changed somewhat since its formation. In the first years, their sound had hints of 'Crosby, Stills and Nash', and The La's, as noted by Chris Helme formally of The Seahorses. Their sound changed a lot form groove orientated folk-rock, to a more alternative rock direction, with playful lyrics and dynamic weaving guitars. Their songwriting has been described as melancholic and yet truly fascinating. The band's influences are Lennon–McCartney, Shack, I Am Kloot and The Who along with many others.
- Ryan Madden - Lead vocals, Rhythm Guitar
- John Chapman - Lead Guitar
- Tess O'Donovan - Flute, Vocals
- Mark Redman - Drums and Percussion
- Richard Furness - Bass Guitar