Band of Chantal Acda and Craig Ward
True Bypass – September UK Tour
1/9 Nottingham - Rosy’s Tea
2/9 Leeds - Gizeh Quarter
3/9 Edinburgh - Roxy Art House
5/9 Glasgow - Brel
6/9 London – Electroacoustic Club at The Slaughtered Lamb with Kat Flint
True Bypass – Debut Album
Released on CD Digipack and Download on 4th October 2010
Chantal Acda (Sleepingdog, Chacda) and Craig Ward (The Love Substitutes, iH8 Camera, A Clean Kitchen Is A Happy Kitchen, ex-dEUS and Kiss My Jazz) first met onboard an aeroplane bound for Glasgow . Later that evening they performed together onstage which speaks volumes about the spontaneous and intuitive character of the pair, who felt from the beginning that there was something unique in the air whenever they picked up their acoustic guitars.
Two sensitive souls who, automatically and without planning, started writing songs together, acoustic and pure.
Whether in a farmhouse attic in Hoegaarden, a bedroom in Portland , Oregon , or a studio in Mechelen, the songs kept coming. It was apparent, during recording sessions and live shows, that something special was happening - songs would emerge direct and unpolished from the heart, as True Bypass.
The debut album True Bypass will be released in Benelux and the UK by Jezus Factory and distributed by Bertus in the Benelux and Shellshock in the UK .
The album was mastered by Uwe Teichert (dEUS, Public Enemy, Placebo).
1. The Lake
4. Love We Are
5. Trying To Make It Home
6. Drawing The Lines
7. For This Life
8. How To Find
Craig Ward moved from Scotland to Antwerp after an invite from Stef Kamil Carlens (dEUS, Zita Swoon) to holiday there. It was a long holiday. Craig joined Kiss My Jazz and found himself in the hub of a fervent music scene so much that Rudy Trouve suggested him as his replacement in dEUS ('In A Bar Under The Sea' and 'The Ideal Crash' era albums and tours). After leaving dEUS in 2004 Craig formed acclaimed band The Love Substitutes with Mauro Pawlowski and Rudy Trouve and is also a member of I H8 Camera. In 2008 the 3 released a split solo album as Pawlowski, Trouve and Ward….. Craig's production credits include The Frames ‘For The Birds’ alongside Steve Albini.
Chantal Acda has been performing as Sleepingdog since 2006 alongside Adam Wiltzie (Stars of the Lid/Dead Texan) and has released 3 full length albums as Sleepingdog. Previous to Sleepingdog, Chantal recorded under her own name to release 'Dreamly Yell' in 1999 before moving from her native Netherlands to Belgium . In 2003 her band Chacda released 'La Sortie' and in 2005 “Tonar’. They toured the UK with Lambchop.
Chantal has also shared stages with the likes of Calexico, Iron & Wine, Okkervil River and Daniel Johnston.
“The sheer lushness and beauty of these minimal compositions cannot be denied” Rock-A-Rolla
“Considerable charm” Rock Sound
“As close to celestial as any human is going to achieve” Sonic Dice