Exposure: The Stormy Seas
The Stormy Seas: Blood on the Carpet
With banjo, squeezebox and a folk mindset in tow, The Stormy Seas are an Edinburgh five-piece exploring the traditions of Scottish music. Keeping it acoustic but loud, they'd be equally welcome at Wickerman or T in the Park, and equally likely to make the crowd go home humming. Still plying their trade around the pubs and bars of Scotland though, it shouldn't be long before they catch the attention of a media in love with a folk resurgence. We spoke to drummer, Graeme.
How did the band get together?
William (guitar/vocals) and I were in a much louder guitar band, called Twenty43, a few years ago, and when that broke up we didn’t do anything for well over a year. Then we started itching. Michael (guitar/vocals) and William had some ideas, so the three of us got together for a few beery acoustic jams in my front room, then we drafted in Dav on banjo who was my flatmate at the time. Ricky, Michael’s cousin, joined us on bass and that was us. We had a short and productive tenure with Suzie on fiddle, but now we’re back to a five piece, for now.
What's the motivation behind The Stormy Seas? Why make music?
We’d all be doing something musical anyway to some degree, and it’s a lot more productive and rewarding as a group. I’m particularly interested in how the sum of five interpretations of an idea can end up. It's also a lot of fun jumping around making a lot of noise with your best friends.
You go back to more folk roots on your work. Is that history of music important to you?
It just sort of happened that we were all listening to a lot of that kind of music when we formed; we still are for that matter. Since we started with a minimal set up, the only real parameters we set ourselves were that our music should be able to work unplugged and stripped down in a folk pub just as well as it does amplified and embellished in a club gig.
Do you feel there's a move towards more traditional music, with the popularity of the likes of Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes and Mumford and Sons? Are people harking for simpler times and simpler sounds?
Maybe, but I’d be wary of reading to much into it. After all a song with a complicated arrangement can be completely void of emotion and heart, so i guess it depends on what you would call simple.
How would you like people to interpret your work?
Hopefully they will find some sincerity in it.
What's the nicest thing anyone's said about you?
We look like Jethro Tull.
Why should people listen to The Stormy Seas?
Because they might enjoy it.
The Stormy Seas play with Penny Black Remedy, Fanattica, The Red Well and All At Sea at Henry's Cellar Bar, Edinburgh, Sat 29 Aug; The Shipping Forecast Garden Party at The Peartree, Edinburgh, Sun 30 Aug; With Cancel the Astronauts, Kung Fu at Dirty Martinis, Kilmarnock, Sat 31 Oct.