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 isnt 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.
- 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.