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Music / British Sea Power

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We kind of exist in our own world...
— Noble
British Sea Power (BSP) are an Indie Rock band based in Brighton, England, although three of the band members originally came from Cumbria, off to the north, and some of the band met at Reading University. Their first album (The Decline of British Sea Power) was released in 2003, and they've been recording and performing pretty much continuously ever since. Since 2008, their line-up has consisted of Jan Scott Wilkinson ("Yan") on vocals and guitar, Neil Hamilton Wilkinson ("Hamilton") on vocals, bass, and guitar, Martin Noble ("Noble") on guitar and keyboards, Matthew Wood ("Wood") on drums, Abi Fry on viola and keyboards, and Phil Sumner on cornet, keyboards, and guitar.

The band are noted for an eccentric approach to their work, verging on the Cloudcuckoolander; they seem to have a particular taste for mid-20th-century British imagery, and they also have a taste for playing in unusual venues such as a club on the Isles of Scilly, Village Halls, the Czech Embassy in London, caves in Cornwall, museums, libraries and sea forts. This is balanced by the ability to produce quality rock music ranging from punky to pop. Alongside relatively conventional songwriting and performance, BSP have created well-regarded soundtracks for a couple of documentaries, and worked with brass bands to create new arrangements of their songs.

The band have a Web site with the usual news, videos, merchandise, and such.


Tropes Associated with BSP:

  • Anachronistic Soundtrack: The band's soundtrack for the 1934 Irish “fictional documentary” Man of Aran makes no particular effort to match itself to the period, or the low-tech community depicted in the movie.
  • Crowd Chant: Live performances of “No Lucifer” tend to inspire this response with its opening chant of “Easy! Easy!”.
  • Drugs Are Bad: One might guess that the frenetic “K Hole” isn’t entirely in favour of recreational ketamine use.
    I think I took a little too much
    We may be in some trouble...
  • Global Warming: “Oh Larsen B” deals with the collapse of an Antarctic ice-shelf, while “Canvey Island” appears to deal with a fear of the consequences of climate change.
  • Long-Runner Line-up: The band have been quite stable in membership, with just one departure from their initial line-up once it was settled, and a couple of guest musicians being eased into full membership.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The title of the album Machineries of Joy invokes a short story collection by Ray Bradbury.
    • Early 1960s British songwriter Geoff Goddard is referenced by the song “Radio Goddard”.


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