Pembrokeshire-born, London-based Bryde aka Sarah Howells, is a girl and an electric guitar playing fierce and fragile songs. Swaying from vulnerable to uncompromising within one verse and chorus, Bryde’s music is honest and furiously authentic.
Bryde released two EPs, and the songs have totalled a million plays on Spotify. They have played at the Great Escape Festival, and toured the UK and the US. The new record, ‘Like An Island’ was made between London and LA and will be released in April 2017.
Until 2015, Bryde was one half of the Welsh Music Prize-nominated folk-pop group Paper Aeroplanes, but living in London with a bandmate in Cardiff, making music became hard work.
Going solo had coincided with Bryde going through a difficult break-up, and a time when her eyes were opening to how she used to behave – giving things all the time, but not being given anything back, putting up with things she absolutely didn’t want to put up with any more. This brought out an anger that had long been suppressed, and that started to surge through her songs, especially after she bought an electric guitar, the first she’d played in years. Its sound, deep and coarse, informed everything that came after – giving her new ideas teeth, urgency, drive. Songs from a bruised but still beating heart couldn’t stop pouring out. She couldn’t keep quiet any more. Bryde had arrived.
“Feral Guitar, Torn-from-the-chest lyrics…sensational” – The Sunday Times
“A voice that deserves attention” – Consequence of Sound
“swirling wave of tidal resonance that confidently sits between Scout Niblett and Sharon Van Etten” – The Line of Best Fit
“Another astonishing belter….. breathtaking on so many levels”. – Sodwee