Storm the Palace are an Edinburgh-based five-piece whose music ranges from baroque folk to geek rock. They feature songwriter Sophie Dodds on guitar and main vocals; Reuben Taylor (known for work with James Yorkston and Meursault) on accordion; Willa Bews on bass and backing vocals; Jon Bews (Cantrip, Shooglenifty) on vocals and fiddle; and Alberto Bravo (Goodbye Blue Monday) on drums. BBC Scotland’s Vic Galloway describes their sound as “magnificent” and Clash Magazine says that it “vaults over genre barriers without looking back”.
They have had two releases to date – EP ‘In Ruins’ (2015) and LP ‘Snow, Stars and Public Transport’ (2017) – both of which came out on Seattle’s Abandoned Love Records. The LP was described by Scotland on Sunday as “one of the best albums of the year”. They have toured in the US, the UK and Ireland, and most recently in the Scottish Highlands.
They are stopping off in London as part of a mini-tour that will take them south of the border for the first time in two years. They are currently at work on their second album and have a new batch of songs to unveil to their London fanbase. Expect to hear Storm the Palace’s signature lush arrangements, but with added irreverence, weirder harmonies and more outlandish time signatures, alongside lyrics that cover Lynchian horror, Jungian psychology and deep-sea biology.