The news that indie-folk band Stornoway would be setting down the instruments in search of pastures new, saddened many fans. Yet as we all know, a goodbye is a wonderful excuse for one last celebration. So the guys decided there was no better way to mark eleven years on the music scene than with one last national tour.
Before Stornoway stop off at Bristol’s Colston Hall on Tuesday, Inter:Mission caught up with lead-singer Brian Briggs to gauge the mood on politics, the past and surprisingly the best way to pass time in car parks:
1. So much of your music concerns nature, wildlife and the environment. How do you feel about certain public figures that seem set on reversing progress we’ve made and what do you think this means for the future?
Unfortunately people are intrinsically selfish, especially when times get harder. The environment is the first thing to suffer because people have become so disconnected from it that they don’t appreciate its value to us. Nature can’t fight for itself, so selfish politics is bad news all round… Happy days!
2. What advice do you have for young musicians who might feel the chances for success are becoming increasingly scarce as the music industry changes?
Do it for the love of making music, but try to avoid putting all your eggs in the one basket. If there is less pressure on making a living from your craft then it will have more room to hatch.
3. Would you change any part of your time as Stornoway if you could?
Yes of course, although I would still have turned down Ellie Goulding’s offer of a collaboration…
4. What’s the most valuable lesson being in a band together has given you?
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