Somehow managed to evade Stornoway until I met the bassist, Oli, at Sofar Sounds Oxford which he co-runs. They’ve been about for a while and released a few records, an impressive back catalogue including tracks such as Zorbing, I Saw You Blink and Fuel Up. They’ve just released a new record, Bonxie, which reached number 20 in the album charts last Sunday. As a local Oxford band they played an unplugged acoustic instore at Truck Store just up the road from me for Record Store Day. I couldn't see much as it was so rammed but what I could hear (most importantly) was beautiful. A couple of days ago I went to see them again down in Reading at Sub 89. Traffic issues aside it was a superb night, with the band playing a quite diverse set with really rock-y elements shining through from their ‘alternative indie folk’ (Wiki) roots. A highlight for me was the unplugged performance of Josephine, a track taken from the new record.
Stornoway remain on tour through to the beginning of May, dates here.