A Rock in our Hearts
The British Sea Power are a band of tensions and contradictions.
Their stage-craft, unfashionable fascinations with birds, beeches
and Czech folk and their penchant for wearing smocks and Marple-esque
straw hats on stage has led them to be branded with such utterly
ridiculous descriptions as "the wimpier side of The Smiths" – step
forward S. Lamacq of Colchester.
casual passer-by would be forgiven for dismissing them as a bunch
of hand-knitted milk-sops – but once one sets foot in a Sea Power
gig all these assumptions are swept away on a tide of awesomely
melodic (whisper it!) pop and pile-driving rock madness.
a tide that sometimes ebbs, yet sometimes positively booms and crashes.
The crazed, begoggled stage-presence of the band leads one to believe
that they are all quite possibly clinically insane – but if one
speaks to them off-staqe they are lovely and affable and articulate
They are quite terminally unfashionable – which I think is a distinct advantage in these fad-addled times. All this jittery artery fartery a la Franz will implode in a cloud of ketamine, fixative, skinny ties, paranoia and quite possibly sliced ears. The 'cosmic Scouse' jokers will toke themselves to a standstill; and as for the cock-schlock-moc-croc 'rock' of the likes of Jet and Kings of Leon... well, they'll just wank themselves back into Almost Famous where they belong and we can all rest easy again.
else is but chatter and noise; a rush of sound and fury signifying
nothing. It is but a crude oil slick upon the Power that is Sea.
Sea Power will last like a megalithic rock in our hearts and minds
and ears. Their melodies and visions have stamped our brains and
branded our souls. They are primeval and futuristic and jolly good
fun. Lately is ancient, regretful and heart-breaking and
fresh and full of quiet hope all at the same time. I can imagine
it soundtracking both the Dawn of Time and the Apocalypse. Laugh
all you want, unbelievers. We know the truth. They are British Sea
Power and they will endure. Bless them and all who sail in them.