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British Sea Power

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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  1.   Song
  2.   Waving Flags
  3.   The Lonely
  4.   How Will I Ever Find My Way Home?
  5.   Atom
  6.   Keep on Trying
  7.   Bad Bohemian
  8.   Baby
  9.   It Ended on an Oily Stage
  10.   Please Stand Up
  11.   Monsters of Sunderland
  12.   Remember Me
  13.   No Lucifer
  14.   Fear of Drowning
  15.   Come Wander with Me
  16.   No Need to Cry
  17.   The Pelican
  18.   No Man Is an Archipelago
  19.   Oh Larsen B
  20.   The Guillemot Girls
  21.   Hail Holy Queen
  22.   To Get To Sleep
  23.   From the Sea to the Land Beyond
  24.   Tiger King
  25.   Spring Has Sprung
  26.   Victorian Ice
  27.   Heatwave
  28.   Strange Sports
  29.   A Light Above Descending
  30.   Observe the Skies
  31.   Conneely of the West
  32.   Mongk II
  33.   Radio Goddard
  34.   All in It
  35.   Coastguard
  36.   Machineries of Joy
  37.   Canvey Island
  38.   Men Together Today
  39.   Perspectives of Stinky Turner
  40.   Melancholy of the Boot
  41.   Suffragette Riots
  42.   Man of Aran
  43.   Open the Door
  44.   Down on the Ground
  45.   Red Rock Riviera
  46.   Who's in Control?
  47.   The Islanders
  48.   Apologies to Insect Life
  49.   K Hole
  50.   Thin Black Sail
  51.   True Adventures
  52.   Something Wicked
  53.   Please Stand Up
  54.   The Wild Highlands
  55.   North Hanging Rock
  56.   Cleaning Out the Rooms
  57.   Stunde Null
  58.   Heavenly Waters
  59.   Boy Vertiginous
  60.   Living Is so Easy
  61.   We Are Sound
  62.   When a Warm Wind Blows Through the Grass
  63.   Childhood Memories
  64.   The North Sound
  65.   Lights Out for Darker Skies
  66.   Lately
  67.   Once More Now
  68.   Remarkable Diving Feat
  69.   Blackout
  70.   Georgie Ray
  71.   The Great Skua
  72.   Be Gone
  73.   What You Need the Most
  74.   A Trip Out
  75.   Straight Down the Line
  76.   Favours in the Beetroot Fields
  77.   Be You Mighty Sparrow?
  78.   Heavy Water
  79.   Spearing the Sunfish
  80.   The Currach
  81.   Carrion
  82.   The South Sound
  83.   Hearing Aid
  84.   We Close Our Eyes
  85.   Luna
  86.   It Comes Back Again
  87.   A Wooden Horse
  88.   Berth 24
  89.   The Land Beyond
  90.   Like a Honeycomb
  91.   Loving Animals
  92.   Electrical Kittens
  93.   Docklands Renewed
  94.   Bonjour Copains
  95.   Heroines of the Cliff