– Artrocker Magazine
Sad Face follows hot on the heels of the recent download of b-side ‘Fracture’, and sees Artifacts continue to explore their stadium-sized sound, driven by Patrick Fitzroy’s dreamy, echoing vocal melodies and surrounded by walls of epic guitar riffs and chiming synths.
Sad Face further displays Artifacts’ diverse sound and enhances the band’s credentials as ‘ones to watch’. Artifacts’ mature sound is driven by Patrick Fitzroy’s powerful vocals, aided and abetted by a band confident in their ability to produce technically skilled passages – complimenting the aforementioned vocals perfectly. The music swells and guitars soar as tender, introspective moments are accentuated by a kind of rawness the likes of which White Lies and Clinic would be proud of.
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Watch the video for Sad Face below
Sad Face is the follow up to the brilliant single Echoes, released earlier this year to widespread acclaim. The band picked up support from the likes of Artrocker, The 405, God Is In The TV and Music Muso having previously received praise from Clash who described the band’s sound as “Noisy guitars embellished with synths struck like percussion”.
Artifacts were formed in secondary school by Patrick Fitzroy (vocals/guitar), Mark Rivers (sampler/keyboards) and Craig Brown (drums/vocals), with Sam Upton (guitar) and Tom Doyle (bass guitar) completing the current line-up. The band draw on influences such as My Bloody Valentine, Jeff Buckley, Sigur Ros and Radiohead, without ever imitating, to produce a modern and distinctive sound unbound by specific genres.
2013 has been a busy year so far for the band – having released Echoes in January, they have been performing throughout the UK, culminating with a recent headline slot at the High Street Live Festival in Crawley. Artifacts have maintained their momentum with the free download of ‘Fracture’, released on on July 3rd, followed by a remix by Esstie, before the release of the Sad Face single and video.
Sad Face is out now via The Disappearing Act Records and is available to buy on iTunes.