Arthur Rigby & the Baskervylles are an 8-piece Orchestral Pop band, based in Leeds. The sound the band creates is a genuinely beautiful mixing pot of lush orchestrations, poetic lyrics, romantic melodies and powerful energy.
'Wonderfully sweeping, intricate and majestic pop songs distinctly of the "they don't write them like that anymore" category’ The Beat Surrender
'Quintessentially English'; 'impressively ambitious' Leeds Music Scene
'Reminiscent of Neil Hannon's finer moments.' Sandman Magazine
‘Gorgeous’ Tom Robinson BBC 6 Introducing
The music is the invention of front man and guitarist Benjamin, scoring songs for violin, piano, double bass, trumpet, trombone, Saxophone and flute. Originally a 2-piece, with drummer Alex joining Benjamin, the Leeds based duo used orchestral backing arranged on laptops with samples and programming.
Arthur Rigby have become firm favourites of BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson, who regularly features the band on his show. As their following begins to grow at a substantial rate, the band are developing quite a buzz attracting labels and management alike.
2011 started well with a BBC Introducing West Yorkshire acoustic session for Alan Raw. Having sold out venues in London and Leeds the band appeared live at Live at Leeds, Liverpool Sound City, Reading and Leeds Festival and Deer Shed Festival and working on a new EP in July, scheduled for an early 2011 release.