Quirky U.K. folk outfit Stornoway have announced they will tour North America in May behind their upcoming sophomore record Tales From Terra Firma. The Oxford bunch originally formed around a mutual love of Teenage Fanclub though the music that found its way onto their 2010 debut Beachcomber’s Windowsill is much more naturalistic in sound and substance, most likely due to primary lyricist and frontman Brian Briggs’ background in Ornithology. Taking their name from a town on the Isle of Lewis on Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, Stornoway’s affinity for the organic extends to their instrumentation choices – the percussive beat on “Hear Comes the Blackout…!” is actually a recording of the band chopping carrots. Tickets and information for their May 2nd, 21+ show at Kung Fu Necktie will be available here. Below, watch their new video for “Knock Me On the Head” off of Tales From Terra Firma (out March 19th via 4AD).
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