29 October 2014
*BSP live at Drill:Brighton.
*London Barbican cancellation – a pain in the brass.
Firstly, British Sea Power would like to relay their thoughts and commiserations to everyone who came to see the band play live with the Redbridge Brass Band last Saturday, at the Barbican in London. The show had to be cancelled because of serious problems with the electrical power supply in the area.
News of the power problem arrived as the band prepared to take the stage beside the massed brass and in a packed 1,800-capacity hall. The band were knocked sideways by this eventuality – and would like to transmit...
24 October 2014
*Last orders for Brass.
*Happiness soundtrack available.
*Krankenhaus is go this December.
*Noble remembers Sir Bobbys ‘Charlton’
*Sacred BSP text reveals Kate Humble teal peccadillo.
A date for the diary as the cold winds and brandy butter beckon – BSP will be returning to Brighton for a one-night-only manifestation of their fabled Krankenhaus club night:
British Sea Power present Krankenhaus
Friday 19 December 2014
The Haunt, Brighton, UK
And, as the wild yule nears, thoughtful BSP have concocted something to present to loved ones and passing fancies. The band’s original soundtrack to the acclaimed film Happiness is now available on CD...
22 September 2014
BSP-soundtracked film on BBC4 tonight.
A film listed as ‘The Himalayan Boy And The TV Set’ with original BSP soundtrack is to be screened at 10.00pm tonight on the BBC4 television channel.
This is the same film also known as ‘Happiness’ a feature-length documentary from the French director Thomas Balmes. The film depicts the life and times of Peyangki, a nine-year-old monk living in a remote village in the mountains of Bhutan, as the village comes to terms with the arrival of electricity and television. Tonight’s broadcast is as part of the BBC’s Storyville series.
It seems that The Himalayan...
19 August 2014
Newsboost Nature Island
*BSP live on Brownsea Island.
*Wickerman and End Of The Road billing info.
BSP played the first of their Sea Of Brass shows last week – live in Durham with a full premium-quality brass band. By all accounts this went very well. Certainly, it seems the reporter from the Louder Than War website enjoyed it: “Nothing far short of the most amazing British Sea Power show ever… We leave the theatre filled with unrivalled adoration for the band.”
The full Louder Than War review can be read here:
The LTW coverage also includes a link to footage of...
14 July 2014
Second Wind for British Brass Bands
With their creamy musical tone and smartly uniformed players, British brass bands are a living link with the mid-19th century. It’s hard not to think of such amateur ensembles – like the one featured in the 1996 Ewan McGregor film Brassed Off – as irredeemably old-fashioned.
In their infancy, though, brass bands were early adopters of instruments designed by Adolphe Sax (the inventor of the saxophone, whose birth marks its bicentenary this year), and became something of a craze. Their popularity grew in lockstep with industrialisation, and it was when factory and pit owners co-opted or...