Wednesday, May 4th, 2005
I remember listening to a song or two by Brighton’s British Sea Power a couple years ago when they released their debut The Decline Of British Sea Power, but don’t think I was overly impressed and soon put them out of my mind. But based on the recommendations of Paul, Bruce and others in this post a little while back, I checked out some of the stuff from their recenty-released sophomore album Open Season, and hot diggity dog am I glad I did.
Whereas I remember what I heard off of Decline as sounding a little too de rigeur post-punk/new waveish (and I’m planning on giving the record a second chance so my opinion may well change), Open Season really surprised me with it’s huge, warm sound. I’ve read some reviews that complain about the band rounding off all their edges on this record, but I rather like it. There’s plenty of other acts out there doing the spiky, angular guitar thing right now, I personally find it refreshing that someone remembers that the British were also producing wonderfully anthemic, expansive and unabashedly romantic rock music in the 80s. Only an Englishman could sing, “I wrote elegiac stanzas for you,” and make it work. I don’t have a huge number of reference points from that era to draw on, but I am reminded of The Psychedelic Furs, Echo & The Bunnymen and, um, OMD?
I hear the band puts on an insane, flora-friendly live show, so I’m pretty keen to see them at Lee’s on May 17th. For further edification, check out these articles in Exclaim! and The Guardian, or visit one of many fan sites. You can also see the video for the first single off Open Season, “It Ended On An Oily Stage”, at MP3.com.
Update: And this just in – MTV has banned their video for “Please Stand Up” for what it deems inappropriate lyrics. Apparently it’s okay for MTV to show girls with low self-esteem getting doused with whipped cream or whatever the hell they do at Spring Break, but you can’t say “wetter and wetter”. Bravo, America.
Zoilus is a little uncomfortable with the directness of some of the lyrical content on the new Mountain Goats record. I still haven’t heard it. Hell, I haven’t even been in a record store for what seems like ages.
np – Bloc Party / Silent Alarm