British Sea Power

by George James Gordon

British Sea Power (BSP) are a Brighton based alternative indie band, renowned for their live performances, decidedly idiosyncratic lyrical content and (according to Wikipedia) ‘adventurous choice of locations for … their shows’. Although I wouldn’t necessarily describe the Phoenix as an adventurous venue, BSP will be rocking Exeter on the 10th of February for a gig that promises to impress.

By means of a testament to this, my parents saw BSP play at the British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park last summer and thoroughly enjoyed their performance – which included dancing bear mascots (presumably left over from the tour which accompanied their previous album Machineries of Joy). But don’t be fooled by the fact that my parents appreciate their music: British Sea Power was one of the first bands that got me into the English alternative music scene, and each of their releases is outstandingly varied: from the more traditional sounding indie pop of Open Season, to the 28-piece brass band supporting the aptly named Sea of Brass (a concept that was ‘first thought up while drinking whisky on an easyJet flight back from Scotland’).

Their latest offering, Let The Dancers Inherit The Party, was released in 2017 to critical acclaim, and includes some of their most advanced material to date. For a band that’s been playing together for over 17 years, Let The Dancers Inherit The Party is a testament to the veteran band’s talent – drawing from the experimental and pop/rock elements of their previous work to create a truly unique musical experience.