British Sea Power - Salty Water

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The Venue, Edinburgh, UK

British Sea Power are not your average indie hopefuls. Stemming from a long lineage of English guitar-pop such as Smiths, Suede, Echo and the Bunnymen and the Psychedelic Furs, they perform on a stage littered with foliage, stuffed birds and First World War militaria.

Fellow UK up-and-comers the Duke Spirit provide support on this, the first night of a UK tour. It is driving garage rock but with some overly crafted stage school moves.

British Sea Power start quiet and finish loud. The nearly perfect indie pop of early B-side Lovely Day Tomorrow shows they have the pop sensibilities to appeal to the mainstream, while the guitar-white noise tracks indicate where their hearts might lie. Singles Carrion and Remember Me were greeted like anthems.

By the end of the set one band member is circumnavigating the crowd in a green tin helmet beating the hell out of a military drum, and singer Yan succumbs to the inevitable and gets dragged into the crowd. Everyone in the room is on their side, leaving no doubt that they have got what it takes to go all the way.


Author: Hamish Brown
Date: 17th April 2004

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