Playing your first show in America certainly becomes a lot cooler if you play on a NYC rooftop. That is exactly what Oxford natives Stornoway did last evening. Is there a better way to see a show than on a roof during a nice day, with the Hudson River/NYC Skyline as a backdrop? Probably not.
Stornoway’s show took place at 250 Hudson Street with a very intimate crowd of about 30 -40 people, mostly pertaining to the band and their record label (4AD/Beggars). I was able to attend because of my internship, and I consider myself lucky to get a early glimpse at this incredible band.
Their debut album Beachcomber’s Windowsill is a really lovely album that is as awesome of a debut as they come. Stornoway ran through the best cuts of their album, letting the good vibes float out of their instruments, off into the hot new york city air. Their songs brought a warm happiness to you. The band doesn’t lose a beat live, sounding just as organic and pure as they do on record. It was almost scary how good they sounded.
A new friend of mine Ian Perlman recorded the show for 4AD (you’ll see him in most of my photos), so you’ll hopefully be able to see some footage from the show soon. We both agreed that the band sounded phenomenal.
They have two more NY shows coming up, and then they are back to the UK. The first show is tonight at Union Hall, the second is tomorrow at Mercury Lounge. You really should go check them out. Your going to want to see these guys now before they explode, because many good things are headed their way.
I called “Zorbing” one of my favorite songs of 2010’s first half, and you can hear that song by checking the list out. Check out my photos from the performance, after the jump: