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New Rough Trade band, British Sea Power, are a superb blend of Icicle Works, The Chills and even The Charmeleons.

After the Strokes and Moldy Peaches, it is good to see we have advanced so quickly through music fashions.

Sonicred, Monday, 5 November 2001 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I've got their first single ("Fear Of Drowning") and it's certainly promising in a ramshackle sort of way - reminded me more of Disco Inferno pre-samplers. Their stage show is notorious for featuring flagellation and owls.

Tom, Tuesday, 6 November 2001 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Hold on, the Icicle Works???? Damning w/faint praise OR WHAT.

Tom, Tuesday, 6 November 2001 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

There was no flagellation when I saw them but there was a lot of staring. And a heron. They were rather good.

RickyT, Tuesday, 6 November 2001 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

tuneless/ugly/talentless need i go on

dee, Tuesday, 6 November 2001 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Ricky T was at the same gig as me, and I thought it was the funniest thing I'd seen in ages. I don't think that this was intentional, sorry, they were rubbish, and the lead singer loved himself waaaaaay too much for such a mediocre band.

chris, Tuesday, 6 November 2001 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Oh a friend of mine knows them, I nearly went to see them, but I didn't.

james, Tuesday, 6 November 2001 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

It's roy wilkinson the Q journalists brother who sings in the band.Roy is there biggest fan but wants to keep it quiet it's his brothers band so he can talk it all up and we all are supposed to be stupid and not know....tasteless

hype watcher, Tuesday, 6 November 2001 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

This is the best thread ever, particularly the hype watcher post. My new band is going to blend the best elements of A Flock of Seagulls, The Woodentops, and 'Til Tuesday.

dan, Tuesday, 6 November 2001 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Hehehe. Well my new left-soul act will draw admirable comparisons with early Simply Red, Wet Wet Wet, the Red Skins & Latin Quarter.

stevo, Wednesday, 7 November 2001 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I agree this thread is v funny.What a sham the press is.Expect a future of rock review from old roy wilkinson the man who is dictionary definition for hick

daz, Wednesday, 7 November 2001 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I saw them at the same show as well and i thought they were very handsome. I just heard their latest single on Lamacq and its sounds like talking heads/pixies. It rocks.

bidou, Thursday, 8 November 2001 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I saw them at the garage. They were certainly much better than the French Kicks who were awfull. A bit David Lynch.

bob, Friday, 9 November 2001 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

French Kicks = two half decent songs to start the set, then very dull indeed.

RickyT, Friday, 9 November 2001 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

great rock scandals

- jerry lee lewis marries his twelve year old retarded sister (or something)

- milli vanilli can't sing as badly as they'd made out

- someone is someone's brother

phew, thanks for uncovering that one. looks like i'll have to get a mind of my own when it comes to music from now on! apparently atomic kitten don't play their own instruments either and geri halliwell isn't actually 19.

wilde, Friday, 9 November 2001 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

i used to have a mind of my own once, now i let other people do the thinking for me, saves on the old brain power

gareth, Friday, 9 November 2001 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

brain power. windmill power. sea power. it's all the same.

except british sea power. who, despite the fact that they force 6 year olds to eat glass, are all lovely himbos with great songs. i especially like the last one they do, the best 20 minutes i ever spent.

wilde, Friday, 9 November 2001 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

It's amazing roy wilkinson having all these different internet names makes you think British sea power have fans not.

sonicyoof, Friday, 9 November 2001 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

anyways, what so wrong about the Icicle works?

g, Friday, 9 November 2001 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

This thread is rather unusual isn't it?

RickyT, Friday, 9 November 2001 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

yes, my friend says he heckled the french kicks quite a lot.

james, Sunday, 11 November 2001 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I heard British Sea Power on the radio today - very normal mid tempo alt rock sounding - they remind me of an average alt rock band a few years ago called Annie Christain.

British Sea Power are not worth following. BSP your 15 seconds of fame are up.

DJ Martian, Sunday, 11 November 2001 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

They were alright when I saw them, not great, not terrible, just there. Doubt I'd buy anything by them. And who are these mystery posters?

DG, Sunday, 11 November 2001 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

i am a figment of DGs imagination.
British Sea Power are brilliant.
i have never heard them though

gareth, Monday, 12 November 2001 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

The Staring. Oh, the staring. The owls. The military uniforms. Is it Twin Peaks or is it Memorex.

I've been played their single on repeated occasions by 3 different people. I'll be darned if I can remember a note of what they actually sounded like. This does not bode well.

Ugly Wife, Monday, 12 November 2001 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

British Sea Power would have been better had they actually used a real dreadnought as a stage prop.

DG, Monday, 12 November 2001 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

have fans not?

real i am yoda. and friends many i have too are.

wilde, Monday, 12 November 2001 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Why the fuck does this thread read like a ROY WILKINSON press release.Fuck sake you bald hick have a bath wash what little hair you have left on top of your spotty unkissable face and get some taste.Nobody likes your little brothers smelly band.Piss off indie saddo

daz the bath attendent, Monday, 12 November 2001 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

crikey. you're a bit sharp.

do what you like and like what you do?

you won't stop me going to see them on thursday.

wilde, Tuesday, 13 November 2001 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I really liked BSP at the Monarch, they made me think of Television and Idlewild. Plus the gimmick thing: single blue-white light onstage, night-time woodland noises between songs and stuffed animals and tree branches onstage, it was very evocative, if a little silly. I thought they pulled it off - singer dances around in a cowl... exciting.

I'm not Roy - he doesn't like me.

chris, Tuesday, 13 November 2001 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
British Sea Power are a very very good band. The singer and bass player are brothers too. Their songs are excellent and their album will be great, a bit different to the normal boring bands. And there is proof they have fans. Here is a fansite of mine - http://www.britishseapower.eg.st and here is a yahoo group - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/british_seapower such a damn good band and you might as well stop hating them and saying their fame is up, they're one of the bands of 2002. Joe.

Joe, Friday, 18 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I've never heard of them but I need to download because that's one of the best band names EVER.

Maria, Friday, 18 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

but isn't it playing into the EEVIL trend of nautical imagery? is that at all acceptable?

Dare, Friday, 18 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

it's nautical but nice.

ethan, Friday, 18 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

You have violated the Pun Treaty of 1995, as instituted by the UN to save the world from rampant destruction, and under the terms of that treaty your computer is to be taken from you and your jaw wired shut.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 18 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

MV, Sunday, 20 February 2005 22:18 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Remember Me was such an awesome song - I really can't work out why they haven't risen to prominence along the lines of, say, Franz Ferdinand. Seeing Franz Ferdinand on the NME awards last night was quite depressing - is Alex really supposed to be the hippest, most charismatic, intelligent frontman in British rock? He seems like a bit of a dullard to me.

chris sallis, Monday, 21 February 2005 14:07 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i don't think the general public are ready for a band that has members that swing about on stage with a couple of stuffed owls under his arms.

having said that there are a couple of songs on the new album that could break them through.

jellybean (jellybean), Monday, 21 February 2005 14:22 (twelve years ago) Permalink

If the general public can get into gay love songs a la "Michael" by a band named after an assasinated Audstrian archduke, why would they be put off by a few stuffed animals, provided the songs are good enough?

metalmickey, Monday, 21 February 2005 19:19 (twelve years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

New album out in about 10 days.

Popture, Wednesday, 2 January 2008 07:34 (nine years ago) Permalink

It's really good.

Davey D, Wednesday, 2 January 2008 07:52 (nine years ago) Permalink

I can't wait!!

King Boy Pato, Wednesday, 2 January 2008 12:39 (nine years ago) Permalink

“The aim of this record is to have Poles dancing with Slovaks, Romanians dancing with the Welsh, Arsene Wenger dancing with Alex Ferguson and everyone singing this song. We’re better together than we are apart – all together and nice and drunk. The East is maybe the future of all of us lot in the West, so long live the mighty power-chords of trans-national rock music.”

There is not nearly enough pretentious wankery in music these days. I love it.

King Boy Pato, Wednesday, 2 January 2008 12:41 (nine years ago) Permalink

But it has football references - wahey!

King Boy Pato, Wednesday, 2 January 2008 12:46 (nine years ago) Permalink

New album: great songs, hampered by poor use of "bookending tracks" concept.

Simon H., Wednesday, 2 January 2008 13:56 (nine years ago) Permalink

I'm not dancing with no Slovak.

edwardo, Wednesday, 2 January 2008 14:24 (nine years ago) Permalink

Not even if they Pole dance?

King Boy Pato, Wednesday, 2 January 2008 14:24 (nine years ago) Permalink

Kind of boring on the first two listens, I really liked the pristine melodic sound they went for with the last record but this one seems to have too much bluster and too little that's actually memorable.

Matt DC, Thursday, 3 January 2008 09:37 (nine years ago) Permalink

Enjoying this a lot off a distracted listen in the office.

Scik Mouthy, Monday, 14 January 2008 15:13 (nine years ago) Permalink

I dunno, I kind of agree with the Observer review from yesterday. All their reviews start off going 'Plants onstage! Songs about glaciers! They're so interesting!' but the music is so generic and uninspried.

Matt DC, Monday, 14 January 2008 15:22 (nine years ago) Permalink

Albums would be...

Open Season
Zeus
Machineries
Vauxhall
Decline
Rock Music

they all are afflicted with a sickness of existence (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 4 April 2013 08:00 (four years ago) Permalink

I know Zeus is 'only' an EP, but it's 43 minutes long and it's brilliant.

they all are afflicted with a sickness of existence (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 4 April 2013 08:00 (four years ago) Permalink

It definitely earns points for Cleaning and Bear. Love the use of the latter in "From the Sea to the Land Beyond".

djh, Thursday, 4 April 2013 17:08 (four years ago) Permalink

I know Zeus is 'only' an EP, but it's 43 minutes long and it's brilliant.

Precisely, and it's that sense of adventure found on it that seems missing from "Machineries Of Joy". I've given the latter a couple of listens and there's about 4 tracks that grab me and the others - not so much. At least yet, I'll give it a chance to grow on me. I'm going to spin the demo EPs again, too, and see how they compare. For what it's worth, the bonus 5 track EP that came with my order has a brilliant how-could-they-leave-this-off track "Facts Not Right".

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 5 April 2013 03:08 (four years ago) Permalink

i like this a TON. they have probably gone in the exactly direction i wanted, although i couldn't claim to have known that was what i wanted until i heard it. more judicious use of volume and noise, less conscious of fostering the 'big venue' sound that i think hurt val dancehall and rock music somewhat. and they seem to have embraced the mid-tempo-y songs that have become a strength of theirs.

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 11 April 2013 01:47 (four years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

Did the "remixes" and "alternate versions" versions of "Machineries" throw up anything interesting?

(The actual album didn't, for me).

djh, Sunday, 9 March 2014 23:58 (three years ago) Permalink

Huh, didn't even know they released them. Frankly I listened to the Valhalla mixes and alt versions discs a couple of times and thst's it. The 6 demo EPs for the new album were the real meat.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Monday, 10 March 2014 00:43 (three years ago) Permalink

Wasn't aware of this, either.

Changing gears, the proper CD release of their 'From the Sea to the Land Beyond' soundtrack is gorgeous. It almost plays as an instrumental best-of, with nice sequencing.

Millsner, Monday, 10 March 2014 08:09 (three years ago) Permalink

The soundtrack really works, doesn't it? It's how I like BSP. Wish I hadn't bought the standalone DVD, mind.

djh, Thursday, 13 March 2014 21:26 (three years ago) Permalink

Anyone know BSP sufficiently well to make a track listing of the original titles of the tracks featuring on "From The Sea ..."?

djh, Tuesday, 18 March 2014 20:12 (three years ago) Permalink

This was harder than expected!

1. From The Sea To The Land Beyond - ?
2. Remarkable Diving Feat - Waving Flags
3. Strange Sports - Something Wicked
4. Heroines Of The Cliff - ?
5. The Guillemot Girls - ?
6. Suffragette Riots - ?
7. Heatwave - ?
8. Melancholy Of The Boot - Spirit of St. Louis?/No Lucifer
9. Be You Mighty Sparrow? - The Land Beyond
10. Berth 24 - Childhood Memories
11. Red Rock Riviera - Cleaning Out The Rooms
12. Coastguard - All In It
13. Perspectives Of Stinky Turner - ?
14. Bonjour Copains - Machineries Of Joy
15. The Wild Highlands - Once More Now
16. Docklands Renewed - A Lovely Day Tomorrow
17. The Islanders - The Land Beyond
18. Heatwave (Lympne Castle Demo)

Many of the tracks are based a single riff or chorus from the original, and there's more new stuff than I remembered.

Millsner, Wednesday, 19 March 2014 14:25 (three years ago) Permalink

Oh, 5 is 'Bear'.

Millsner, Wednesday, 19 March 2014 14:56 (three years ago) Permalink

Thanks Millsner ... The request was partly so I could go back to specific recent tracks and see if I liked them more now, having heard them in this context.

djh, Wednesday, 19 March 2014 22:07 (three years ago) Permalink

7 is Baby.

djh, Thursday, 20 March 2014 20:48 (three years ago) Permalink

The "Machineries: Alternate Versions" turns out to be mostly instrumental, ranging from straight backing tracks to demos. It plays like a soundtrack version of the album, very atmospheric.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 21 March 2014 12:50 (three years ago) Permalink

It's nice, isn't it?

Were you tempted by the remixes too?

djh, Friday, 21 March 2014 19:48 (three years ago) Permalink

Much nicer than I expected! I've only listened to the remix album once, it seemed like more of the same actually with only a few really different takes.

But I still much prefer the oomph of Valhalla Dancehall. I still need to listen to the demos EPs back to back with Machineries, maybe that will help me figure out what's missing for me.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 21 March 2014 21:16 (three years ago) Permalink

Much prefer the alternative versions to the remix cd (though they did also send a copy of the Machineries bonus disc, which was a nice freebie).

djh, Wednesday, 26 March 2014 21:59 (three years ago) Permalink

NEW BSP PROJECT… INTRODUCING “SEA OF BRASS” !!

Nearly two years in the making, we are pleased to finally announce an exciting new commission for British Sea Power, “Sea of Brass”, which combines BSP live alongside championship 28-piece Brass Bands from all around the UK. Peter Wraight (Matthew Herbert Big Band) has created bespoke brass parts to accompany a selection of BSP songs from BSPs entire catalogue.

We gratefully acknowledge support from Arts Council England, PRS for Music Foundation, and our co-commissioning venues.

Our premiere performance will take place on Thursday 17th July 2014 at Gala Theatre, Durham, as part of Brass: Durham International Festival.

Tickets will go on sale at 5pm on April 2nd 2014 via at www.galadurham.co.uk

djh, Saturday, 5 April 2014 22:00 (three years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

^ Barbican, London tickets on sale.

djh, Thursday, 15 May 2014 06:26 (three years ago) Permalink

More Brass tour dates ...

http://britishseapower.co.uk/news/606/sea-of-brass

djh, Monday, 19 May 2014 20:47 (three years ago) Permalink

So many people I know whose music taste is similar to mine really like this band, but for some reason I just can't get into them. Maybe I haven't found the right entry point yet? I really liked 'K Hole' off their last album, though.

Toni Braxton-Hicks (Turrican), Monday, 19 May 2014 21:00 (three years ago) Permalink

I got into them quite late - via The Man Of Aran soundtrack - and worked backwards. I definitely don't like everything by them but looking forward to the Barbican show very much indeed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0RAdfrQwvo

djh, Monday, 19 May 2014 21:24 (three years ago) Permalink

They grew in my estimation over time. There's definitely something askew about his vocal delivery that takes getting used to.

My favorites are "Do You Like Rock Music" and "Valhalla Dancehall". The "Lovely Day Tomorrow" collaboration with Ecstacy Of St. Theresa is particularly wonderful.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Monday, 19 May 2014 23:10 (three years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Anyone seen any of the Brass concerts?

djh, Sunday, 27 July 2014 19:44 (two years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Barbican show cancelled tonight due to (slightly unconvincing) power cut.

djh, Saturday, 25 October 2014 22:54 (two years ago) Permalink

Still waiting to hear new date ...

djh, Tuesday, 28 October 2014 22:01 (two years ago) Permalink

Supposedly announcing the new date today/tomorrow, if anyone is hoping to pick up a return ...

djh, Wednesday, 29 October 2014 20:10 (two years ago) Permalink

24th January.

djh, Thursday, 6 November 2014 21:39 (two years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Sea of Brass gig ... not as good as it needed to be to justify a second lot of train fares etc.

djh, Sunday, 25 January 2015 01:14 (two years ago) Permalink

I suppose a show in the Northeast of America is out of the question...

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Sunday, 25 January 2015 02:02 (two years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Don't be a bad Bohemian.

In Walked Bodhisattva (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 27 January 2017 22:02 (four months ago) Permalink

good song. am extremely ready for a new bsp album.

Roberto Spiralli, Friday, 27 January 2017 23:21 (four months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

new album is good but just good, prob not any better than that. hamilton not really pulling his weight which significantly lowers the ceiling for a sea power album in 2017

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 6 April 2017 15:01 (two months ago) Permalink

Zeus EP still their best release yes good glad we all agree

an uptempo Pop/Hip Hop mentality (imago), Thursday, 6 April 2017 15:20 (two months ago) Permalink

Tie between Zeus and Man of Aran imho, but the ep is great yes.

On Some Faraday Beach (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 6 April 2017 15:38 (two months ago) Permalink

MOA great too yes but I'd feel their best release had to have some of their pop sensibility involved

an uptempo Pop/Hip Hop mentality (imago), Thursday, 6 April 2017 15:42 (two months ago) Permalink

In theory, but all the great albums with the pop sensibility all have their minor weaknesses imho. MOA is a wholly finished concept album, great from start to finish.

On Some Faraday Beach (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 6 April 2017 15:45 (two months ago) Permalink

(I can't live without ' Cleaning out the Rooms' though tbh)

On Some Faraday Beach (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 6 April 2017 15:46 (two months ago) Permalink

^ Also my favourite.

With this album, I've found myself a) strangely disinterested in hearing it and b) oddly cynical about the positive reviews I've read.

djh, Thursday, 6 April 2017 17:49 (two months ago) Permalink

Yeah it was a shame they had to reuse Cleaning Out The Rooms on the ensuing album because it was obviously the best thing on it and a sign they'd been a bit short of inspiration

an uptempo Pop/Hip Hop mentality (imago), Thursday, 6 April 2017 17:56 (two months ago) Permalink

lol what. i think just possibly they conceived of the ep after the album was done. maybe they cobbled the album together in the 2 months between the respective releases but i am skeptical

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 6 April 2017 18:15 (two months ago) Permalink

Well then why is Mongk on the EP and Mongk 2 on the album then, u mongk

an uptempo Pop/Hip Hop mentality (imago), Thursday, 6 April 2017 18:20 (two months ago) Permalink

Well then why is Mongk on the EP and Mongk 2 on the album then, u mongk

an uptempo Pop/Hip Hop mentality (imago), Thursday, 6 April 2017 18:20 (two months ago) Permalink

In an interview with Drowned in Sound, guitarist Martin Noble stated:

Believe it or not, ‘Mongk II’ was actually written first and ‘Mongk’ which came out first is a remix! We’d always intended saving ‘Mongk II’ for the album anyway so when it came to putting together Zeus we did a different version of ‘Mongk’ which became number one.

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 6 April 2017 18:21 (two months ago) Permalink

Fine well I have no idea why I prefer the EP then, imo Zeus and Bear are both better than anything on VD as well, no idea of the choices that went into it all

an uptempo Pop/Hip Hop mentality (imago), Thursday, 6 April 2017 18:25 (two months ago) Permalink

Think Bear is my BSP OPO

an uptempo Pop/Hip Hop mentality (imago), Thursday, 6 April 2017 18:27 (two months ago) Permalink

i guess they just had a lot of material, the album is already an hour long. there's no place for zeus, i am sure the idea for the EP at all was based on them having zeus and nothing else to do with it. maybe you could make room for bear, take something else off, although i am not sure what. and if they had decided to put cleaning out the rooms on every subsequent release i wouldn't blame them or complain.

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 6 April 2017 18:31 (two months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Man, this is my favorite BSP album since '05's Open Season. I'm almost never in agreement with "comeback" albums, though. I thought last year's Rogue Wave album was their best ever.

Rod Steel (musicfanatic), Monday, 29 May 2017 00:12 (three weeks ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

cd80

lights our for darker skies
no lucifer
loving animals
apologies to insect life
cleaning out the rooms
spring has spring
like a honeycomb
international space station
how will i ever find my way home?
bear
mongk II
it ended on an oily stage
oh larson b
when a warm wind blows through the grass
carrion
true adventures

Roberto Spiralli, Friday, 16 June 2017 16:24 (one week ago) Permalink


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