Chris Forsyth signs to Northern Spy, Announces Tour Dates and Soundtrack to Cocksucker Blues

Photo by Maria Dumlao

Northern Spy Records is proud to announce the signing of guitarist extraordinaire Chris Forsyth to a two record deal, the first of which, a solo album entitled Kenzo Deluxe, will be released July 10th. Tour dates have been confirmed in Philly, Brooklyn, Milwaukee, Chicago, Minneapolis and Iowa City (details below), with more cities to be added shortly. As a sneak peek of the sounds on Kenzo Deluxe, Chris has released a video teaser of “Never Meant to Change the World (Cocksucker Blues)“,his soundtrack to the unreleased Rolling Stones documentary by Robert Frank. Enjoy!

Look out for Kenzo Deluxe album details in the coming weeks…


Guitarist Chris Forsyth‘s hypnotic compositions assimilate art rock texture with folk, blues, and experimental influences. Long active in the improv/experimental underground, he’s released a series of acclaimed solo and band-oriented records over the past few years, including his 2009 private press LP Dreams (reissued in 2011 on Family Vineyard) and Early Astral, a 2012 duo LP with Mountains’ Koen Holtkamp on Blackest Rainbow, that have earned favorable comparisons to Sandy Bull’s raga-fied Chuck Berry-isms and the majestic guitar tapestries of Television and Popol Vuh. His 2011 Paranoid Cat LP (also on Family Vineyard) has been described as “the work of an emergent master” (Uncut) and “a rapturous transmutation of noise into light” (Wire). Forsyth has toured throughout Europe and the US, sharing stages with such like-minded artists as Steve Gunn, Bill Orcutt, Ignatz, Rhys Chatham, and Träd Gräs och Stenar, and, from 2002 to 2011, as a member of Peeesseye. He has also collaborated with artists including Meg Baird, Tetuzi Akiyama, Mike Pride, Nate Wooley, Shawn Edward Hansen, and choreographers Miguel Gutierrez and RoseAnne Spradlin, among others. Currently in the works are a split cassette for the Preservation label with Loren Connors, and a collaboration with choreographer Meg Foley. Forsyth was awarded a 2011 Pew Fellowship in the Arts and resides in the City of Philadelphia, USA.


5/11 Philadelphia PA @ Johnny Brenda’s w/ PG Six, Strapping Fieldhands
7/13 Brooklyn, NY @ Death by Audio w/ PG Six & Rhyton (NYC Record Release Show!)
7/14 Philadelphia PA @ AUX w/ Spacin’ and Mary Lattimore/Jeff Zeigler (Philly Record Release Show!)
7/21 – Milwaukee @ The Sugar Maple
7/22 – Chicago @ The Burlington w/ Mind Over Mirrors & Zelionople
7/24 – Minneapolis @ Madame of the Arts
7/25 – Iowa City @ The Mill

Further US and UK/EU tour dates to be announced soon!



“It’s enough to signal Forsyth’s arrival as an erudite and farsighted guitar stylist, mapping a path that’s hip and scholarly in equal measure.” – Daniel Spicer, The Wire Magazine

“A destructible charm teetering on violence and elegance” – Eric Weddle, Signal to Noise Magazine

“…a style as mesmerizing and transcendent as any of his forebears.” – Bob Bannister, TimeOutNY


Label Contact: Adam Downey –

US Booking: Jesse Miller, Spy Booking –

UK/EU booking: Lee Etherington, TUSK Music –


Chris Forsyth Official Website
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