Stornoway reveal ‘bedroom’ album plan at Isle Of Wight Festival

The band will be recording in their kitchens too...

Stornoway‘s new album is influenced by the Mystery Jets and Local Natives and will be out next year, the band explained at the Isle Of Wight Festival today (June 11).

The band have been working on tracks for the follow-up to 2010’s ‘Beachcomber’s Windowsill’, and previewed some of the songs for the first time in the UK at the festival today, aided by a string section and giant balloons as props.

“We’ve been trying out new stuff which is more collaborative, it used to be Brian [Briggs, singer/guitarist] writing everything previously,” multi-instrumentalist Oli Steadman told NME before their show. “One of the new tracks is quite like Local Natives and it’s got a foresty feel. Then there’s another which is influenced by the Mystery Jets.”

He added: “We’ve written the whole thing [album], so now we’re just arranging the songs. We’re going to record them in the same way we’ve done it over the years, basically over a long time in our bedrooms and kitchens on our own recorders. We’ll try not to go into the studio too much if we can help it. It’s going to take a while but we’re pretty positive it’ll be early next year.”

The band share the bill with Beady Eye today. When asked whether he would be watching Liam Gallagher and the boys, Steadman said: “I’d like to see what that’s all about. I used to listen to a lot of Oasis when I was about 16 and 17, but that was obviously the partnership of the two brothers.”

Steadman also said he was a fan of tonight’s headliners Foo Fighters. “I remember watching them on TV a lot way back when they did their first or second album,” he said. “I love their early songs. We played with them a couple of years ago and hung out with them after, it’ll be cool to play just before them.”

Stornoway played:

‘The Cold Harbour Road’
‘Boats And Trains’
‘I Saw You Blink’
‘Beachcomber’s Windowsill’
‘On The Rocks’
‘Fuel Up’
‘When You Touch Down From Outer Space’
‘We Are The Battery Human’
‘Here Comes The Blackout’
‘Watching Birds’

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