Edinburgh/London five-piece Storm the Palace employ silky soft melodies and folk instrumentation to create their unique soundworld.
Over the last decade, they’ve been gently percolating their vivid vignettes and sonic wizardry into a tapestry of musical flavours.
Now with their debut LP in the bag – Snow, Stars and Public Transport – they’re finally letting us in on their immersive baroque-pop sound.
With mandolins, accordions, guitars, vocals and drums, band members Sophie Dodds, Reuben Taylor, Pippa Murdie, Gordon Webster and Sam Wilkinson have created the perfect introduction to their sound.
After we premiered the record yesterday (11 May), Sophie and Reuben give us the lowdown on their musical beginnings and their biggest inspirations…
What was the first song you developed an obsession for?
Reuben Taylor: My mother used to sing a folk song called ‘T stands for Thomas’ to me whilst I was still in the womb, and ever since I was born it’s had a strange effect on me.
What’s the first gig you went to?
Reuben: Ozric Tentacles at The Music Box in Edinburgh (now The Liquid Rooms)
What’s the first instrument you ever got hold of?
Sophie: A lovely glockenspiel my parents had. I stole it when I left home.
What is your worst musical habit?
Reuben: Playing too many notes
Sophie: Not playing at all.
What’s the best piece of musical advice you’ve ever been given?
Sophie: Play on the offbeat for instant disco (from my bassist days).
Where do you discover new music?
Sophie and Reuben: Mostly just from other people we end up playing with. A very lazy research technique.
What’s your favourite venue?
Sophie: Jamboree, London
Reuben: The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh
Who is your current favourite band/artist?
Sophie: Jenny Hval
Reuben: Dutch Uncles
What inspirations outside of music impact your songwriting?
Sophie: Snow, Stars and Public Transport! Also dreams, urban environments, books, politics, science, relationships, human behavior, everything really…
What track of yours best represents your sound?
Sophie and Reuben: Our song also called ‘Storm the Palace’. It’s our manifesto.
What’s next for you?
Sophie: We’re currently in a beat up old Volvo with singer/songwriter on tour! Once the that and the album launch are out the way we have a number of projects to be getting on with – all to be unveiled in due course!
Snow, Stars and Public Transport is released via Abandoned Love Records today (12 May0.
The band perform at The Cobblestone, Dublin tonight, Glasgow’s Glad Café on 13 May and Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh, on 14 May.