Live Review: Stornoway at London HMV Forum – 27th March 2013

By on Friday, 5th April 2013 at 2:00 pm
 

Words and photos by guest reviewer Lennon Gregory

English indie folk band Stornoway put on a mystic performance at the HMV Forum last week, performing songs off their new album ‘Tales from Terra Firma’ (Carrie’s review of it here), as well as a selection of songs off their 2010 album ‘Beachcomber’s Windowsill’. Having discarded their underlying attempt of punky riffs which peppered their old album, they have perfected their light-hearted folk sound producing a more successful album and individual sound.

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Managing to sell out the arena, they had no trouble hypnotising the crowd, who kept all eyes intently focused on the quartet. They brought stillness and a deathly silence to the arena when lead singer Brian Briggs impulsively performed three unplugged songs, creating a personal connection with the crowd and bringing a rawness to the show. This feeling continued by the makeshift use of instrument: scraping two saws together added a rustic feel to the acoustic performance.

I wouldn’t have minded if the whole set had been performed in this way, as it had a way of transporting the crowd to a distant, small town environment, giving them a distinctiveness that set them aside from other performances of the same suit. This atmosphere was heightened by the mythic stage set, which consisted of a large glowing moon, complemented their fragile performance and illustrated the ‘…Tales’ contemplated throughout their new album.

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Songs such as ‘Take Me as I Am’ and ‘The Great Procrastinator’ had the crowd bouncing and singing along, as did their most familiar song ‘Zorbing’, which closed the show on with a high, before the band reappeared with an encore of three more songs. I feel they delivered a satisfying and cheerful performance, which for me is sufficient only for background music and creating a quiescent, buoyant atmosphere. But as a whole feel that both their lyrics and their soft riffs lack some substance.

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