British Sea Power

Originally formed by brothers Yan (Scott Wilkinson) and Hamilton (Neil Hamilton Wilkinson) and schoolfriend Matthew Wood in Kendal, Cumbria, the band British Sea Power relocated to Brighton and started running their club night Club Sea Power, before being spotted by Geoff Travis and signed to his label Rough Trade in 2001. With their charity shop clothes, Dostoyevsky and Macbeth references and tribute to folk institution The Copper Family, debut album The Decline Of British Sea Power (2003) set the band up as smart, eccentric, indie types, or, in their own words "militant pastoralists". They were named Live Band of the Year in 2004 by Time Out and scored the Top 20 single It Ended on an Oily Stage, but it was third album Do You Like Rock Music? (2008) that brought most acclaim, reaching Number 10 in the UK and earning a nomination for the Mercury Music Prize. The band played at a number of unusual locations, including on a ferry across the River Mersey and the highest pub in Britain the Tam Hill Inn, and recorded the experimental soundtrack to the film Man of Aran before returning with the stomping, anthemic party rock of Valhalla Dancehall (2011).




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