The great skua (Stercorarius skua) is a large seabird, it is sometimes known by the name bonxie. The flight is direct and powerful. Due to its size, aggressive nature and fierce defence of its nest, the great skua has little to fear from other predators. Bonxies are at the top of the food chain. They are certainly a powerful, intimidating and ruthless predator.
The adjectives used to describe the bonxie are probably not those you would normally associate with Stornoway, who will be releasing their third long player, named after this Hebridean seabird on 13th April 2015 through Cooking Vinyl. However for this band, who debuted in 2010 with the 100,000 selling ‘Beachcomber’s Windowsill’, their new album is certainly one that has taken flight with a trajectory that is focused and commanding.
For the first time the band enlisted a producer to captain the ship and the man in charge was none other than Gil Norton. Noted for his work with Pixies, Foo Fighters, Twin Atlantic, etc
The ‘Bonxie’ campaign has become airborne with first single, ‘The Road You Didn’t Take’ out Monday 16th Feb. Winner of the BBC 6 Music Rebel Playlist it has already notched up high praise across the station.
The follow-up to this is the high flying ‘Get Low’ which will be released on Monday 13th April the same day as the album.
‘Bonxie’ and is out 13th April via Cooking Vinyl
The full track-listing for ‘Bonxie’ is as follows…
Between The Saltmarsh and the Sea
Man on Wire
The Road You Didn’t Take
Sing With Our Senses
When We Were Giants
When You’re Feeling Gentle
Heart of the Great Alone
Love Song of the Beta Male
You can of course see the band live at one of these venues…