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British Sea Power

British Sea Power

A Classic Education, Sporting Life

Tue, Apr 5, 2011

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


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This event is 21 and over

British Sea Power
British Sea Power

British Sea Power is a six-piece band currently based in South East England and on the Isle Of Skye in Scotland.

BSP have been acknowledged by the great institutions: David Bowie, the National Maritime Museum, Jarvis Cocker and the British Horseracing Authority. They are a band that plays forests and giant rock halls as specially requested guests of The Flaming Lips, The Strokes and Pulp. But they’re also a band that put on their album parties in remote Sussex pubs where their own special guests are The Copper Family, a clan of Sussex folk singers who’ve been going for 200 years. British Sea Power truly is a band like no other.

If BSP is a band where dreams become real, this effect is unlikely to dim with their new album. Valhalla Dancehall is a record that moves from concise electronic pop to nine-minute solemnity to swaggering thug-glam. Lyrical subject matter includes local libraries, indigenous societies, the Dame Vera Lynn Celebrity Clay Pigeon Shoot and the party to which everyone is invited. Valhalla Dancehall is a record that suggests BSP’s cupboard remains full of medieval armored gloves. Again a gauntlet is thrown down.

British Sea Power formed in 2000 and put out their first release in 2001 – the “Fear Of Drowning” single on their own Golden Chariot label, but it was the band’s live performances that defined their first years. When BSP played the 2002 Reading Festival, Rolling Stone implied that the entirety of the weekend’s line-up paled before them: “Fuck this puerile drivel, we’re going to see British Sea Power… British Sea Power rule!” Since then the band has played a collection of unforgettable shows in remarkable surroundings.
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By Sporting Life

Pretense, and pretense-peddlers, stay away. Go watch some other band. Use "hazy dream-pop", or "shimmering guitars" on someone else. We've heard it already. You aren't helping. If you can't resist labeling things as "post-punk dance folk" (which makes no sense) or "Swedish electronica hardcore prog-pop" it's better you stay at home and finish that blog post. If you have a mustache -- and you aren't in a position of authority -- stay home. (If you are in a position of authority, you should probably stay home too). If you recently crashed your fixed gear into a pedestrian, if you can't help but see irony in everything, if you only buy organic, or if you own a shirt or bag with a bird on it, again, stay home.

This 5 piece band evokes the best of 60's and 70's and 80's and 90's brit rock. They care. They work hard. And when they perform it shows.
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