British Sea Power

“ALERT! ALERT! ACTUALLY DECENT BAND PLAYING IN YORK ALERT!”

Now, upon reading the above on my Facebook news feed, my naturally inquisitive mind wants instantly to investigate. And, the (slightly over-egged) announcement is quite right, these guys are a decent band!

British Sea Power are a six-piece band variously originating from Cumbria, Yorkshire, Ealing and Shropshire who are currently based in East Sussex and on the Isle of Skye. Their multi-instrumental style (guitars, bass, keys, drums, a viola and a cornet) gives them a wonderfully rich and unique sound that seems to have thrilled their fans and reviewers alike. The Sunday Times have called them “the best band in Britain” while a Rolling Stone review dismissed the entire line up of the Reading Festival as “puerile drivel” and adding “we’re off to see British Sea Power”.

Far from starting out, British Sea Power are ten years more mature than their debut album (released 2003), but their new album Machineries of Joy sees them really hitting their stride. Their hard work and perseverance really shows: a recent poll of BBC 6 Music listeners on the most important tracks of the stations lifetime but British Sea Power’s track, ‘Remember Me’ at number 9. Putting this into context, that’s just above Radiohead and just behind Johnny Cash.

If you want to check out this band properly, visit their website – http://www.britishseapower.co.uk/ – where you can find links to all of their social media, videos of their performances as well as tour dates, so you can appreciate them live.

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About Georgia Harris

I'm Georgia, and I'm currently studying English at the University of York. I'm also the Director of a theatre company that I set up from scratch and enjoyed a successful run this year at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with a play I wrote myself. When I'm not studying or directing, I'm often looking for musicians or film makers for various fund raising events I hold through the year on and off campus. That or sitting under a blanket with a cup of tea enjoying the luxury of budget heating in the Yorkshire Winter (if you're not familiar with it, trust me, it's chilly). I have a passion for all things creative and love getting stuck into a new project, which is why I'm thoroughly looking forward to getting involved with the Born in Britain campaign.

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