Last autumn "Peregrine", an early demo from Medway six-piece Story Books, caught the attention of two indie luminaries in Huw Stephens and John Kennedy. Fast-forward to June 2012 and that same song, with its delicate arpeggios and impassioned vocals, has been chosen for the BBC Radio 1's Introducing Playlist, prompting its official release (digital June 25th / 7" July 9th).
In the intervening months Story Books have been accruing fans via their debut single "All These Arrows" and some jaw-dropping live performances, including a sold out headline show at Hoxton Hall and opening for new Story Books converts Bloc Party and James Vincent McMorrow.
"All These Arrows" is another vivid display of the craft and attention to detail that's made band mainstay Kristofer Harris a sought-after producer in his own right, and resulted in more love on the airwaves via 6music's Stuart & Maconie and Tom Robinson, and a playlist at Amazing Radio.
Story Books - Peregrine video:
Now, Harris is preparing to reveal more of his arsenal of timeless and emotive songs. After opening for Bloc Party at their sold out KOKO show on June 21st, Story Books headline at London's Lexington on 9th July to celebrate the 7" release of "Peregrine" that same day.
2012 looks good indeed for Kristofer's Story Books.
LIVE: KOKO, LONDON (WITH BLOC PARTY) - JUNE 21 2012
THE LEXINGTON, LONDON (HEADLINE SHOW) - JULY 9 2012
"A distinctly British track with an utterly beautiful, bracingly panoramic chorus." - THE LINE OF BEST FIT
"A crossover between minimal XX nightscapes and Kris Harris' warm folksy vocals.... very British and evocatively textured" - SWEEPING THE NATION
"Story Books have enlightened the music scene of late, with their lovely acoustics and lyrical prose" - THE 405
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