British Sea Power – indiest of Brit (make that English) indy bands have just started touring their rather fine new album “Let the Dancers Inherit the Party” and this was the first night – a triumphant return (album and gig). You get the big anthems (and the new album contains a couple of potential classics) with glorious riffs and choruses which will no doubt go down a storm at Glastonbury (Remember Me, No Lucifer, Waving Flags – ha!) but underneath that and at the same time there is a home-knitted, plaintive emotional quality that is magnified when they use brass (Machineries of Joy) – sadly only one cornet (?) tonight. And then there are the endearing eccentricities – Marsha the owl, the bears, the foliage – which lets you know you are in a someone’s fully formed world, some of which has yet to be explained. It was a great show – nearly 2 very hot hours and they even had special suits for the encore – you wait.
I’m not sure if BSP are going to get any bigger – and selfishly I’m not sure I want them to if I can still stand down the front and avoid the arm wavers. This is the same venue they played last time they were here a couple of years ago (and a mighty fine venue it is too with the exception of the lack of air con down the front) – they seem to be popular “Special Guest” of much shallower bands like Editors (I left after 4 songs) and coming up MSP (wild horses etc). Maybe that is as far as they want to go? Whatever, do go and see them if you get the chance – you will be a better person for it.
Joyful and sweaty. Some of us still recovering from M*********z on Sunday night – Jeff was enthusing about Idles in Cardiff. Maybe it was just me, maybe its the band and the audience they attract, but everyone (at least down the front) seemed a bit friendlier, a bit chattier.And a bit happier.
It made me think..
Glad I’ve got the day off today. The owls are not what they seem. Help is on the way – you wait.