There is something earnest, reliable and robust about the name British Sea Power. It evokes images of choppy seas, storm-battered trawler-men, the futile human fight against marine adversity and the incumbent conditions that can turn it into an enemy, as well as a friend. The band themselves aren't quite as weather-beaten as their name suggests, but earnest, reliable and robust they've certainly been since appearing on the music-scene in 2000.
Emotional indie-rock that has more in common with The Enemy, Echo and the Bunnymen and James than Coldplay or Snow Patrol, BSP's canon is loaded with a veritable array of intelligent melodic tunes ("Please Stand Up") and fist-pumping belters ("Who's in Control"). In fact until close of play today (25th Jan), you can head to BBC 6 Music's website and vote for their single "Remember Me" in the station's 'Greatest Hits' poll - http://www.bbc.co.uk/6music/vote/100-greatest-hits/
BSP's lovely forlorn soundtracking skills were recently revealed once again on the 2012 documentary "From the Sea to the Land Beyond", shown on BBC 4 to rapturous acclaim during the Festive period. Footage of seaside towns of a bygone age and their stirring, sometimes mournful, music made for a perfect match, so much so that the DVD is due for release this month.
Later in the spring, it's back to live action for British Sea Power with a tour that begins in Exeter on 4th April, takes in the likes of Birmingham, Newcastle, Glasgow, etc until Shepherd's Bush on the 17th. [TICKETS: 01/02/2013], either at 9am or 12am, depending on the venue. Prices start at £13.50 (£15 for London).