The Stormy Seas formed in summer 2008 in Edinburgh, by William (guitar, vocals) Michael (vocals, guitar) and Graeme (drums/percussion) in no small part inspired by exciting acoustic music emerging locally around that time. Dav (banjo, vocals) joined shortly after the group’s inception for initial stripped down, informal song writing sessions. Despite early aspirations of playing soft, self- penned, Celtic– inspired folk music, it became clear what was emerging was a fuller, harder sound. At this stage The Stormy Seas began rehearsing with an amped set up and Ricky (bass) was brought in to temper the sound.
A few small, self-promoted gigs in early 2009 led quickly to the offers of larger gigs from Edinburgh institutions such as Club Limbo and the Meadows Festival, as well as press interest. By this time The Stormy Seas take on folk music had crystallised into a their trademark sound; relentless yet mercurial drum patterns jostle with strummed acoustic guitars, which in turn act as a bed for intricately picked lead guitar and banjo lines. Melodicas and accordions create dissonant drones while vocals swell from reflective mumblings to impassioned pleas and proclamations, at times William and Michael’s voices merge as one to create a lead vocal sound much greater than the sum of its parts. Despite the raucous urgency associated with The Stormy Seas, the downbeat early aspirations in reflective blue-eyed soul numbers such as ‘Apple Tree’ and ‘Tall Ships’.
In 2010 The Stormy Seas began recording what was to become their debut album, Of Rust and Loss, with Alex Fenton of Swanfield Recording Studio Edinburgh (White Heath, Kays Lavelle, Come on Gang!). This proved to be a long process, though their considerable live reputation was maintained in the following months as The Stormy Seas continued to share stages with the likes of Deertick, Sparrow and the Workshop, James Yorkston, Adrian Crowley, Mama Rosin as well as many local outfits, such as Withered Hand, Meursault, Frightened Rabbit and Broken Records. The Stormy Seas were also invited to London to play at Good Shoes’ Hope and Future festival, and have performed live on BBC radio for Richard Bacon.
Autumn 2011 sees Of Rust and Loss released on The Stormy Seas own label, The Shipping Forecast, preceded by two free download tracks, comprising of live favourite ‘Morbid Desires’ and the pensive ‘Tall Ships’.