British Sea Power (UK)
BSP, a six-piece hailing from various geographical locations in British Islands are one of the greatest modern UK indie-rock bands. The wide-ranging nature of their material has led critics to liken their sound to a variety of groups, i.a. The Cure, Joy Division, Pixies and Arcade Fire. The band released their debut album “The Decline of British Sea Power” (2003) on the Rough Trade label. Their second album ”Open Season” was released in 2005 and spawned their first UK Top 20 single ‘It Ended on an Oily Stage’. In 2008, their third effort ‘Do You Like Rock Music?’ earned the band a coveted Mercury Music Prize nomination. The album also reached the top ten in the UK albums chart.
By now BSP have released eight acclaimed studio albums, incl their latest, 2015’s “Sea of Brass”, ambitious project featuring songs from their earlier releases arranged and scored for full brass bands by Peter Wraight. BSP are famed for their live performances, the unusual lyrical content of their songs and the adventurous choice of locations for some of their shows. In addition to Glastonbury and other main UK rock festivals, BSP have played numerous striking shows in locations like atop the Great Wall of China, at London’s Natural History Museum, at London’s Czech Embassy and on Arctic islets. BSP have toured giant American stadiums with old friends The Killers, and have played forests and arenas as specially requested guests of The Flaming Lips, The Strokes and Pulp. The intensity and invention of the band’s shows made them Time Out magazine’s Live Band Of The Year in 2004. They have enjoyed a diverse array of cultural endorsement – David Bowie, Lou Reed, Jarvis Cocker, Radiohead, Bill Bailey, Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Radcliffe have all run up the BSP colours at one time or another.
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