British Sea Power – one of the most fascinating bands out there at the moment whose music is endlessly inventive and whose refusal to play by the rules and off the wall ideas of touring and presenting themselves have been a real thrill have announced autumn manoeuvres.
BSP are touring the UK in October and November. Dates confirmed so far are as follows. These relatively intimate shows are partly designed to allow the band to play new songs:
Weds 26 Oct ”â Sheffield Leadmill, UK
Thurs 27 Oct ”â Leicester Y Theatre, UK
Fri 28 Oct ”â Oxford Academy, UK
Sun 30 Oct ”â Edinburgh Liquid Rooms, UK
Mon 31 Oct ”â Liverpool Masque Theatre, UK
Tues 1 Nov ”â Brighton Concorde 2, UK
In a most prestigious development, British Sea Power feature big and bold at London’s National Maritime Museum. Visitors to the museum’s new ÃÂ£35m Sammy Ofer Wing are greeted by a big wall featuring huge sculpted maritime-themed quotations. Alongside quotes from Shakespeare, Coleridge and Derek Walcott there is prominent display for lyrics from BSP track Carrion:
“Oh the heavy water how it enfolds / Always, always, always the sea / Brilliantine mortality”Â.
You can see the lyric in situ toward the bottom of this BSP web thread:
The BSP lyrics help welcome visitors to a new set of exhibits that include
Sir Francis Drake’s navigation equipment, Captain Cook’s handwritten journals, Nelson’s last letter to his daughter and a love token made from a ship’s biscuit 200 years ago. This is the stuff. Occult communication from Sir Francis predicts that, “The parts of the world that verily have not yet discovered this most exotic and harmonious British Sea Power will now make their own happy realisation toward the majesty and charge of these musical adventurers.”Â
Also on the road, Roy Wilkinson, BSP’s ex-manager and older brother of BSP singers Yan and Hamilton, is promoting his book Do It For Your Mum ”â the first title on Rough Trade Books; a story of family, music, the Lake District and British Sea Power.
Roy will be reading from Do It For Your Mum at the following multi-media throw-downs:
Tues 13 Sept
Frazer King plus the authors Roy Wilkinson and John Robb
Manchester Briton’s Protection,
50 Great Bridgewater Street, Manchester, UK
Roy will be reading from Do It For Your Mum ”â a story of family, music, the Lake District and British Sea Power. John Robb (The Membranes, Gold Blade, TV kingpin) will be hosting the evening and reading select extracts from his history of Manchester music. Frazer King ”â fast rising Manchester aggro-folk laureates ”â will be giving a stripped-down, wired-up acoustic performance. PLEASE NOTE, BSP themselves will NOT be appearing. 8pm-11pm. Expect bonus features. Intimate surroundings! Fully stocked beer bar.
Tickets ÃÂ£5 from: www.wegottickets.com