Some bands make you sad.Some make you happy.Some even make you throw yourself around like a piece of meat.Then there's British sea power.They may look like a bunch of Boy Scouts but they write blinding Indie Pop songs with chrouses that not even U2 could think of.Their 2003 debut 'The decline of British sea power' was a cult classic and a favourite of critics from all aspects of the media.Their stage show on the other hand was a very different story.Covering monitors in twigs and leaves and sticking huge trees all over the stage soon made them a strong fanbase what has been nicknamed 'The Thrid Battalion'.
Their first album was anthemic and lush, and insane hyper-rock, all at the same time.Opening track 'It ended on an oiley stage' is a more chilled out Pixies-ish track with guitar riffs the size of mountains and heartbreaking lyrics.
The epic Pop vibe rings all the way though this album from the mysterious 'Be Gone' to the trippy,spaced out 'Victorian Ice' and even in more filler tracks like 'Please Stand Up' there are big stadium moments that will win you over.Album closer 'True Adventures' is dramatic booming close to an even more dramatic and powerful album.
The album does have some dry moments and some songs go off the tracks a bit but when it all comes down to it you realize that British Sea Power have created one of the freshest and most original album since probably The Flaming Lips 'Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots'.Even if they still look like a bunch of Boy Scouts.
It Ended On An Oiley Stage
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