Storm the Palace are at the forefront of the cinematic folk-pop revolution you hadn’t realised you needed. Taking inspiration from European folk, sixties orchestral pop and nineties guitar bands, our songs interrogate everything from history and astronomy to meteorology and mass transit.
Storm the Palace are fronted by Scottish chanteuse Sophie Dodds. Having served her time as a bird bassist, Sophie promoted herself to frontwoman in 2014 and founded Storm the Palace. Her background in art history and her experience of curating exhibitions in psychiatric facilities all feed into her dark and deeply visual lyrics. Sophie’s main collaborator is Reuben Taylor, who plays piano, accordion and anything with keys. Classically trained and eccentrically virtuosic, Reuben is a minor legend of the Scottish indie scene – playing also alongside James Yorkston and Meursault. Drums are supplied by Gordon Webster – town planner by day, demon of cerebral beats by night. And the whole thing is just about held together by bassist Sam Wilkinson. Sam relaxes by running music workshops for a mental health charity.
Storm the Palace have been featured by blogs, newspapers and radio shows from the US to New Zealand, including BBC 6 Music and Radio Scotland. We have toured in the UK, Ireland and the West Coast of America.
– Vic Galloway (BBC Scotland)
“One of the best albums this year”
– Scotland on Sunday
“Taking its cues from modern classical, left field folk, and stubborn indie songcraft, Storm The Palace vault over genre barriers without looking back.”
– Clash Music
“Over the last decade, they’ve been gently percolating their vivid vignettes and sonic wizardry into a tapestry of musical flavours. Now with their debut LP in the bag – Snow, Stars and Public Transport – they’re finally letting us in on their immersive baroque-pop sound”
– M Magazine
“Compellingly memorable songs, both challenging and inviting”
– Folk Radio
“A group who have taken their time to get all of the pieces in place – even down to the diegetic noise of a station tannoy and train wheels on rails”