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British Sea Power

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A sextet from Natland, Cumbria, England, British Sea Power are a rather conceptual indie band -- compared more than once to Joy Division and the Cure -- whose music incorporates elements of art rock and post-rock experimentalism. The group was formed in 2000 by brothers Yan Scott Wilkinson (vocals and guitar) and Neil Hamilton Wilkinson (vocals, guitar, and bass), who teamed up with a longtime friend, drummer Matthew Wood. When Yan enrolled at the University of Reading, he met like-minded musician Martin Noble, who played guitar and keyboards, and soon they began performing under the name British Air Powers, changing the name to British Sea Power after a song from their early repertoire. Their live shows received notice early on, thanks in no small part to the group's offbeat theatrics and visual flair (the band often wore militaristic uniforms, large stuffed birds and artificial plants were a big part of their stage set, and a man in a bear costume sometimes joined them on-stage). Rough Trade's Geoff Travis was impressed by one of British Sea Power's (literally) wild performances and signed them; by the end of 2001, they had two singles in the racks: "Fear of Drowning" on Golden Chariot and "Remember Me" on Rough Trade. British Sea Power expanded to a five-piece when Eamon Hamilton of Brakes was recruited to play keyboards with the band; he was also known to pick up a bass drum and charge into the audience when the spirit moved him. The group released its critically acclaimed debut, The Decline of British Sea Power, in 2003. Open Season arrived in 2005, but the following year Hamilton left the group to concentrate on Brakes, while two musicians joined the lineup, Abi Fry on viola and Phil Sumner on keyboards, cornet, and guitar. In 2008, the expanded lineup recorded the eccentric but accessible Do You Like Rock Music?, then followed it with an unusual project, lending their signature post-punk atmospherics to director Robert Flaherty's bleak 1934 film Man of Aran, composing a complete soundtrack for the movie that was released on DVD, as well as performing the score in its entirety at a number of screenings. In 2010, the band unleashed the seven-track EP Zeus, followed in 2011 by its fourth full-length outing, Valhalla Dancehall. Machineries of Joy, inspired by a 1964 collection of short stories of the same name by Ray Bradbury, arrived in 2013. Late the same year, British Sea Power unveiled another film score, penning the soundtrack for Penny Woolcock's documentary From the Sea to the Land Beyond. In 2015, British Sea Power reissued The Decline of British Sea Power through their own Golden Chariot label; it appeared in two expanded editions, one featuring a bonus disc of rare tracks, and another that included a DVD of rare film footage along with the two CDs. That same year, British Sea Power staged a concert tour in which the group was accompanied by a traditional British brass band at each stop. At the end of the tour, the group entered the studio with Foden's Band, a celebrated brass ensemble first formed in Cheshire at the dawn of the 20th century, and re-created the live set from the tour; the sessions were released in October 2015 under the title Sea of Brass. ~ Andy Kellman
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  2.   Waving Flags
  3.   Bad Bohemian
  4.   How Will I Ever Find My Way Home?
  5.   The Lonely
  6.   Atom
  7.   Remember Me
  8.   Please Stand Up
  9.   Fear of Drowning
  10.   Baby
  11.   It Ended on an Oily Stage
  12.   No Lucifer
  13.   Monsters of Sunderland
  14.   Heavenly Waters
  15.   The Guillemot Girls
  16.   The Land Beyond
  17.   From the Sea to the Land Beyond
  18.   It Comes Back Again
  19.   Hail Holy Queen
  20.   Heavy Water
  21.   Living Is so Easy
  22.   Strange Sports
  23.   K Hole
  24.   Blackout
  25.   Coastguard
  26.   Luna
  27.   Spearing the Sunfish
  28.   Loving Animals
  29.   No Man Is an Archipelago
  30.   Something Wicked
  31.   The Pelican
  32.   Oh Larsen B
  33.   Berth 24
  34.   Radio Goddard
  35.   We Are Sound
  36.   Mongk II
  37.   Come Wander with Me
  38.   A Trip Out
  39.   All in It
  40.   Once More Now
  41.   Heroines of the Cliff
  42.   Childhood Memories
  43.   Docklands Renewed
  44.   Georgie Ray
  45.   The Great Skua
  46.   Open the Door
  47.   Bonjour Copains
  48.   Perspectives of Stinky Turner
  49.   To Get To Sleep
  50.   The Islanders
  51.   Suffragette Riots
  52.   When a Warm Wind Blows Through the Grass
  53.   Man of Aran
  54.   Down on the Ground
  55.   Please Stand Up
  56.   Observe the Skies
  57.   Straight Down the Line
  58.   Cleaning Out the Rooms
  59.   Melancholy of the Boot
  60.   Heatwave
  61.   We Close Our Eyes
  62.   A Wooden Horse
  63.   Be Gone
  64.   Men Together Today
  65.   Apologies to Insect Life
  66.   Lately
  67.   Hearing Aid
  68.   Spring Has Sprung
  69.   True Adventures
  70.   Be You Mighty Sparrow?
  71.   A Light Above Descending
  72.   Carrion
  73.   The South Sound
  74.   North Hanging Rock
  75.   Who's in Control?
  76.   Like a Honeycomb
  77.   Victorian Ice
  78.   What You Need the Most
  79.   No Need to Cry
  80.   Red Rock Riviera
  81.   Stunde Null
  82.   Favours in the Beetroot Fields
  83.   The North Sound
  84.   Lights Out for Darker Skies
  85.   Conneely of the West
  86.   The Wild Highlands
  87.   Boy Vertiginous
  88.   Remarkable Diving Feat
  89.   Canvey Island
  90.   Machineries of Joy
  91.   Tiger King
  92.   Thin Black Sail
  93.   The Currach