Today, British Sea Power released their new album, Do You Like Rock Music?
BSPâ€™s third album was recorded in the Czech Republic, Cornwall and Canada – with Graham Sutton (Jarvis Cocker, Bark Psychosis), Efrim Menuck (Godspeed You! Black Emperor) and Howard Bilerman (Hotel2Tango Studio).
In Cornwall, BSP recorded at Fort Tregantle, a 19th Century coastal redoubt – where overdubbing was delayed when a helicopter landed on the roof to drop off two howitzers and a dozen squaddies. The poor devils. The schedule also took in ice storms in Canada – where studio power lines snapped under the weight of frosty crystal. Out in the Czech woodlands, wild boar would run past the studio windows.The albumâ€™s audacious content mirrors its eventful recording schedule. There are uplifting odes to Slavic beauties and Polish taxi drivers. There is a moving account of inundation on Canvey Island. The six minutes of Lights Out For Darker Skies both revisit and expand on rock musicâ€™s foundation myths.
â€œThe album title is meant as an important question,â€ says BSP guitarist Noble. â€œIn the same way that you can divide the world into good and evil, you can divide the world into rock music and non-rock music. The Pixies and Little Richard and Public Enemy are all rock music. But so is coming across a wild boar in the middle of the forest – or just staring out at the horizon. Itâ€™s obvious whatâ€™s rock music and what isnâ€™t. The latter category includes many rock bands…â€
Following a sold-out mini-tour of the United States, BSP will be playing new material live at some unusual and intimate venues – including the highest pub in England and out on the Irish Sea aboard the good ship Merchant Vessel Royal Daffodil. The January album release will be accompanied by a full UK tour.
BRITISH SEA POWER
Thursday 17th January
Spring & Airbrake
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