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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

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 (eight months ago) Permalink

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

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

Think Bear is my BSP OPO

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

one month passes...

I've been a little cold on this band for years, so imagine my surprise when I found myself listening to their debut 2 or 3 three times today... 'Lately' in particular blew me away. I'm gonna give their other records another chance.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Saturday, 22 July 2017 18:05 (two months ago) Permalink

You're in for a treat, go chronologically to appreciate their development.

Meanwhile, their last couple of records are good but not great, haven't stuck in my head like previous albums.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Saturday, 22 July 2017 20:43 (two months ago) Permalink

"Lately" was the one that did it for me back when that record came out

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Sunday, 23 July 2017 07:07 (two months ago) Permalink

Well shit, Open Season is also hitting the spot!

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Tuesday, 25 July 2017 07:20 (two months ago) Permalink

Open Season is really good, DYLRM stumbles a bit (though it didn't deserve the Pitchfork joke review treatment it got)

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Tuesday, 25 July 2017 13:02 (two months ago) Permalink

DYLRM got a positive pfork review iirc. the bad ones were valhalla and machineries, both by ian cohen so

Roberto Spiralli, Tuesday, 25 July 2017 13:13 (two months ago) Permalink

oh shit. nm. i remember now

Roberto Spiralli, Tuesday, 25 July 2017 13:14 (two months ago) Permalink

"True Adventures" from Open Season is one of my all-time favorite album-closers.

early rejecter, Tuesday, 25 July 2017 14:21 (two months ago) Permalink

Yeah, 'True Adventures' rules... and I'll bet it sounds better in a live environment. I really need to see this band live.

Onto Do You Like Rock Music? ... it's a bit cleaner and feels more beefed-up/muscular compared to the previous two - I'm loving it, though!

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Tuesday, 25 July 2017 18:47 (two months ago) Permalink

Do You Like Rock Music? had a pretty strong effect on me - in a way the rest of their stuff just hasn't (chunks of Man of Arran aside). I still listen every few months. Need to revisit the earlier albums.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Tuesday, 25 July 2017 18:56 (two months ago) Permalink

Holy shit, 'We Close Our Eyes' is an incredible closer - these guys really know how to do epics.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Tuesday, 25 July 2017 19:23 (two months ago) Permalink

Damn, I hadn't seen that Pitchfork review of "Valhalla Dancehall". They miss the point completely, it's exactly their attempt to "marry both their quirkier sensibilities and arena-level hooks" that makes it so compelling and downright fun! The "Zeus" mini-album is arguable even better.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 25 July 2017 19:38 (two months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDPS3u_DBw4

Roberto Spiralli, Tuesday, 25 July 2017 19:45 (two months ago) Permalink

I really like 'Zeus'. "Cleaning Out The Rooms" might be my favourite BSP song.

michaellambert, Tuesday, 25 July 2017 21:22 (two months ago) Permalink

Of course that's on the album too. The other 'Zeus' track I love is "Bear".

michaellambert, Tuesday, 25 July 2017 21:23 (two months ago) Permalink

^ Their two best songs. I'm refusing to buy the new album unless anyone makes the claim that there is a song as good on there.

djh, Tuesday, 25 July 2017 21:45 (two months ago) Permalink

No one will make that claim.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 25 July 2017 22:56 (two months ago) Permalink

that's a cruelly high standard. and not really close.

Roberto Spiralli, Tuesday, 25 July 2017 23:00 (two months ago) Permalink

Halfway through Valhalla Dancehall and I now officially love this band - nobody is as surprised about this as much as I am and I'm left wondering why this stuff didn't click with me before. Maybe it was just that I needed to hear the right song at the right time.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Tuesday, 25 July 2017 23:01 (two months ago) Permalink

I haven't picked up the new album yet, the singles have sounded fine but 'Machineries of Joy' passed me by a little when it came out, I bought it but must have been to busy listening to other things to properly get into it.

michaellambert, Tuesday, 25 July 2017 23:25 (two months ago) Permalink

Maybe it was just that I needed to hear the right song at the right time.

I could list dozens of bands where that was true for me. I still revisit things to see if the intervening years of listening has changed my perceptions.

Back to BSP: they've got a large cache of non-lp material, much of which is worth hearing. This is my single favorite obscurity, though it's cheating a bit because the vocals are handled by Kateřina Winterová of Ecstasy of Saint Theresa:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHgpNZSxwPU

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 25 July 2017 23:27 (two months ago) Permalink

There's an older version of that song with Hamilton on vocals that's just as Lovely.

IIRC it concerns the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich.

Millsner, Friday, 28 July 2017 08:04 (two months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9c_XaSrLzEM

Millsner, Friday, 28 July 2017 08:04 (two months ago) Permalink

Was really disappointed by Open Season and Do You Like Rock Music. They were not bad albums at all but the debut was amazing and got me thinking they were going to be one of the great rock bands of their era. I'd love a compilation of the early singles and EPs, surprised it never happened by now.

I've been a little hesitant to check the new stuff. I felt Open Season suffered for not using their better singer enough (I don't know their names) because one is way better than the other.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 6 August 2017 15:58 (two months ago) Permalink

fwiw the same singer, yan, sings all but 2 songs on decline and all but 3 on open season. i would characterize those first two and the most recent as the most dominated by him.

Roberto Spiralli, Sunday, 6 August 2017 16:12 (two months ago) Permalink


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