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British Sea Power

A sextet from Natland, Cumbria, England, British Sea Power are a rather conceptual indie band -- compared more than once to Joy Division and the Cure -- whose music incorporates elements of art rock and post-rock experimentalism. The group was formed in 2000 by brothers Yan Scott Wilkinson (vocals and guitar) and Neil Hamilton Wilkinson (vocals, guitar, and bass), who teamed up with a longtime friend, drummer Matthew Wood. When Yan enrolled at the University of Reading, he met like-minded musician Martin Noble, who played guitar and keyboards, and soon they began performing under the name British Air Powers, changing the name to British Sea Power after a song from their early repertoire.

Their live shows received notice early on, thanks in no small part to the group's offbeat theatrics and visual flair (the band often wore militaristic uniforms, large stuffed birds and artificial plants were a big part of their stage set, and a man in a bear costume sometimes joined them on-stage). Rough Trade's Geoff Travis was impressed by one of British Sea Power's (literally) wild performances and signed them; by the end of 2001, they had two singles in the racks: "Fear of Drowning" on Golden Chariot and "Remember Me" on Rough Trade. British Sea Power expanded to a five-piece when Eamon Hamilton of Brakes was recruited to play keyboards with the band; he was also known to pick up a bass drum and charge into the audience when the spirit moved him.

The group released its critically acclaimed debut, The Decline of British Sea Power, in 2003. Open Season arrived in 2005, but the following year Hamilton left the group to concentrate on Brakes, while two musicians joined the lineup, Abi Fry on viola and Phil Sumner on keyboards, cornet, and guitar. In 2008, the expanded lineup recorded the eccentric but accessible Do You Like Rock Music?, then followed it with an unusual project, lending their signature post-punk atmospherics to director Robert Flaherty's bleak 1934 film Man of Aran, composing a complete soundtrack for the movie that was released on DVD, as well as performing the score in its entirety at a number of screenings.

In 2010, the band unleashed the seven-track EP Zeus, followed in 2011 by its fourth full-length outing, Valhalla Dancehall. Machineries of Joy, inspired by a 1964 collection of short stories of the same name by Ray Bradbury, arrived in 2013. Late the same year, British Sea Power unveiled another film score, penning the soundtrack for Penny Woolcock's documentary From the Sea to the Land Beyond. In 2015, British Sea Power reissued The Decline of British Sea Power through their own Golden Chariot label; it appeared in two expanded editions, one featuring a bonus disc of rare tracks, and another that included a DVD of rare film footage along with the two CDs. That same year, British Sea Power staged a concert tour in which the group was accompanied by a traditional British brass band at each stop. At the end of the tour, the group entered the studio with Foden's Band, a celebrated brass ensemble first formed in Cheshire at the dawn of the 20th century, and re-created the live set from the tour; the sessions were released in October 2015 under the title Sea of Brass. ~ Andy Kellman
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Let The Dancers Inherit The Party

1. Intro

2. Bad Bohemian

3. International Space Station

4. What You're Doing

5. The Voice Of Ivy Lee

6. Keep On Trying (Sechs Freunde)

7. Electrical Kittens

8. Saint Jerome

9. Praise For Whatever

10. Want To Be Free

11. Don't Let The Sun Get In The Way

12. Alone Piano

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Track List: Electrical Kittens

1. Electrical Kittens

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Track List: Keep On Trying (Sechs Freunde) (Single)

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Track List: Bad Bohemian (Single)

1. Bad Bohemian

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Track List: The Compleat British Sea Power, Vol. 1: The Decline Of British Sea Power

1. Men Together Today

2. Apologies To Insect Life

3. Favours In The Beetroot Fields

4. Something Wicked

5. Remember Me

6. Fear Of Drowning

7. The Lonely

8. Carrion

9. Blackout

10. Lately

11. A Wooden Horse

12. Albert's Eyes

13. Moley And Me

14. The Smallest Church In Sussex

15. Salty Water

16. Strange Communication

17. Birdy

18. Heavenly Waters

19. A Lovely Day Tomorrow

20. Apologies To Insect Life (Golden Chariot Version)

21. The Scottish Wildlife Experience

22. No Red Indian

23. Good Good Boys

24. Carrion (Concert Intro Loop)

25. Childhood Memories (Single Version)

26. Remember Me (Gareth Jones Studio Recording)

27. Carrion (Alternative Studio Version)

28. A Lovely Day Tomorrow (Will Sergeant Studio Recording)

29. Strange

30. Tugboat

31. A Wooden Horse (Golden Chariot Version)

32. Fear Of Drowning (Golden Chariot Version)

33. The Spirit Of St Louis

34. Out Of My Mind On Dope And Speed

35. A Lovely Day Tomorrow (Alternative Czech Version)

36. Fakir (Czech Version)

37. The Smallest Church In Sussex (Harmonium Instrumental Version)

38. Fear Of Drowning (Club Sea Power Live At The Lift)

39. The Scottish Wildlife Experience (Club Sea Power Live At The Lift)

40. The Spirit Of St Louis (Club Sea Power Live At The Lift)

41. Lately (Club Sea Power Live At The Lift)

42. We're Not Like This (Monnow Valley)

43. Memories Of Childhood

44. The Lonely (Organ Demo Version)

45. Albert's Eyes (Golden Chariot Version)

46. Heavenly Waters (Vocal Demo)

47. The Smallest Church In Sussex (Piano Version)

48. A Lovely Day Tomorrow (Golden Chariot Version)

49. Something Wicked (Hamilton Vocal)

50. Black Ops With Liberace (The Lonely)

51. Always The Sea (Monnow Valley)

52. Blackout (Golden Chariot Version)

53. Lately (Golden Chariot Version)

54. The Spirit Of St Louis (Golden Chariot Version)

55. Theme From Baraka

56. Total War By Rock And Roll

57. Diecastings

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Track List: Sea of Brass

1. Heavenly Waters

2. Once More Now

3. Alberts Eyes

4. Atom

5. A Light Above Descending

6. Machineries of Joy

7. When a Warm Wind Blows Through the Grass

8. The Great Skua

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Track List: The Decline of British Sea Power & the Decline-Era B-Sides

1. Men Together Today

2. Apologies to Insect Life

3. Favours in the Beetroot Fields

4. Something Wicked

5. Remember Me

6. Fear of Drowning

7. The Lonely

8. Carrion

9. Blackout

10. Lately

11. A Wooden Horse

12. Alberts Eyes

13. Moley and Me

14. The Smallest Church in Sussex

15. Salty Water

16. Strange Communication

17. Birdy

18. Heavenly Waters

19. A Lovely Day Tomorrow

20. Apologies to Insect Life (Russian Rock Demo)

21. Scottish Wildlife Experience

22. No Red Indian

23. Good Good Boys

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Track List: From The Sea To The Land Beyond

1. From The Sea To The Land Beyond

2. Remarkable Diving Feat

3. Strange Sports

4. Heroines Of The Cliff

5. The Guillemot Girls

6. Suffragette Riots

7. Heatwave

8. Melancholy Of The Boot

9. Be You Mighty Sparrow?

10. Berth 24

11. Red Rock Riviera

12. Coastguard

13. Perspectives Of Stinky Turner

14. Bonjour Copains

15. The Wild Highlands

16. Docklands Renewed

17. The Islanders

18. Heatwave (Lympne Castle Demo)

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Track List: Machineries Of Joy

1. Machineries Of Joy

2. K Hole

3. Hail Holy Queen

4. Loving Animals

5. What You Need The Most

6. Monsters Of Sunderland

7. Spring Has Sprung

8. Radio Goddard

9. A Light Above Descending

10. When A Warm Wind Blows Through The Grass

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Track List: Valhalla Dancehall

1. Who's In Control

2. We Are Sound

3. Georgie Ray

4. Stunde Null

5. Mongk II

6. Luna

7. Baby

8. Living Is So Easy

9. Observe The Skies

10. Cleaning Out The Rooms

11. Thin Black Sail

12. Once More Now

13. Heavy Water

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Track List: Zeus

1. Zeus

2. Cleaning Out The Rooms

3. Can We Do It?

4. Bear

5. Pardon My Friends

6. Mongk

7. KW-H

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Track List: Man Of Aran

Disc 1

1. Man Of Aran

2. The South Sound

3. Come Wander With Me

4. Tiger King

5. The Currach

6. Boy Vertiginous

7. Spearing The Sunfish

8. Conneely Of The West

9. The North Sound

10. Woman Of Aran

11. It Comes Back Again

12. No Man Is An Archipelago

Disc 2
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Track List: Waving Flags (Single)

1. Waving Flags

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Track List: No Lucifer

1. No Lucifer (The Efrim Menuck Mix)

2. Save The Purple House

3. Total Confusion

4. Charlie Potatoes

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Track List: Do You Like Rock Music?

1. All In It

2. Lights Out For Darker Skies

3. No Lucifer

4. Waving Flags

5. Canvey Island

6. Down On The Ground

7. A Trip Out

8. The Great Skua

9. Atom

10. No Need To Cry

11. Open The Door

12. We Close Our Eyes

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Track List: Waving Flags (CD Single)

1. Waving Flags

2. Everybody Must Be Saved

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Track List: Krankenhaus?

1. Atom

2. Down On The Ground

3. Straight Down The Line

4. Hearing Aid

5. The Pelican

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Track List: Please Stand Up

1. Please Stand Up

2. Over in The Corner

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Track List: Open Season

1. It Ended On An Oily Stage

2. Be Gone

3. How Will I Ever Find My Way Home?

4. Like A Honeycomb

5. Please Stand Up

6. North Hanging Rock

7. To Get To Sleep

8. Victorian Ice

9. Oh Larsen B

10. The Land Beyond

11. True Adventures

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Track List: It Ended On An Oily Stage

1. It Ended On An Oily Stage

2. Green Grass Of Tunnel

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Track List: The Decline Of British Sea Power

1. Men Together Today

2. Apologies To Insect Life

3. Favours In The Beetroot Fields

4. Something Wicked

5. Remember Me

6. Fear Of Drowning

7. The Lonely

8. Carrion

9. Blackout

10. Lately

11. A Wooden Horse

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Track List: Carrion

2. Apologies To Insect Life

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Truely beautiful
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Got to love this
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minja009
song is making me cry :)
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clara.pettit t
In the last five years, British Sea Power has grown on me. When I first heard them, I found them tough going, because their songs don't follow the typical format of intro - lyrics - chorus - lyrics - chorus - end. But I now own every album, and listen to them almost daily. They create stunning melodies, backed up with superb musicianship , and the most complex lyrics since early David Bowie. Where else are you going to find a gorgeous song about an iceberg?
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Horrible Lyrics...
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mattsstuff
awesome
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elliot15
good shite!
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super awesone band reminds of sleepy sun
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Why did this show up on my metal station?!

No, that's a BAD Pandora!
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love themmmmm.
amazingg!!
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tacitferd:
a truLY brutish arse who doesn't understand that "INDIE"
means ANYTHING on an INDEPENDENT LABEL.
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nattotastic
tacitferd: oh noes, a worldly 17yo makes a blanket criticism about music. golly, that's never happened before!
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warthogger9
indie rock: the one-size fits all label for mediocre people making mediocre music. the ultimate in neutrality, in ambivalence.
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plaidsam2002
Compared more than once to Joy Division? Really? I don't see it...except that they're British and Great!
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bromide01
That bear on their album cover makes me cry.

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