ARTIST / BAND: British Sea Power
SONG (MP3): Waving Flags
ALBUM: Do You Like Rock Music?
FILE UNDER: Indie / Alternative / Pop
Resident Brightonites, British Sea Power, have never followed the crowd. Eccentric, whimsical and blessed with the freedom that an indie label and insanely loyal fan base bring, each record has defied expectations. The seafarer's third album again tests the limits of what we conceive as 'rock'.
A dark, churchlike presence runs through Do You Like Rock Music? that drags you under the pounding drums and chants. From opener "All In It" violin arrangements and touches of organ add a distinctly lush, anthemic feel to the tracks that's reminiscent of Arcade Fire. The Canadians' influence is hardly surprising. Howard Bilerman, drummer on Arcade Fire's debut Funeral, is one of the album's three producers and part of the recording schedule even took in the crazy Canadian storms, with the sound of power lines snapping under the weight of ice.