In a most prestigious development, British Sea Power feature big and bold at London’s National Maritime Museum. Visitors to the museum’s new £35m Sammy Ofer Wing are greeted by a big wall featuring huge sculpted maritime-themed quotations. Alongside quotes from Shakespeare, Coleridge and Derek Walcott there is prominent display for lyrics from BSP track Carrion:
“Oh the heavy water how it enfolds / Always, always, always the sea / Brilliantine mortality”.
You can see the lyric in situ toward the bottom of this BSP web thread:http://www.headphonesoff.com/bspforum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=11608
The BSP lyrics help welcome visitors to a new set of exhibits that include Sir Francis Drake’s navigation equipment, Captain Cook’s handwritten journals, Nelson’s last letter to his daughter and a love token made from a ship’s biscuit 200 years ago. This is the stuff. Occult communication from Sir Francis predicts that, “The parts of the world that verily have not yet discovered this most exotic and harmonious British Sea Power will now make their own happy realisation toward the majesty and charge of these musical adventurers.”
BSP are touring the UK in October and November. Dates confirmed so far are as follows. These relatively intimate shows are partly designed to allow the band to play new songs:
Weds 26 Oct – Sheffield Leadmill, UK
Thurs 27 Oct – Leicester Y Theatre, UK
Fri 28 Oct – Oxford Academy, UK
Sun 30 Oct – Edinburgh Liquid Rooms, UK
Mon 31 Oct – Liverpool Masque Theatre, UK
Tues 1 Nov – Brighton Concorde 2, UK
Also on the road, Roy Wilkinson, BSP’s ex-manager and older brother of BSP singers Yan and Hamilton, is promoting his book Do It For Your Mum – the first title on Rough Trade Books; a story of family, music, the Lake District and British Sea Power.
MOJO magazine: “Spirited, comic… a Father’s Day gift in waiting” ****
www.louderthanwar.com: “An astonishing and thought-provoking book – an effortless, enjoyable and compulsive read”
Roy will be reading from Do It For Your Mum at the following multi-media throw-downs:
Tues 13 Sept
Frazer King plus the authors Roy Wilkinson and John Robb
Manchester Briton’s Protection,
50 Great Bridgewater Street, Manchester, UK
Roy will be reading from Do It For Your Mum – a story of family, music, the Lake District and British Sea Power. John Robb (The Membranes, Gold Blade, TV kingpin) will be hosting the evening and reading select extracts from his history of Manchester music. Frazer King – fast rising Manchester aggro-folk laureates – will be giving a stripped-down, wired-up acoustic performance. PLEASE NOTE, BSP themselves will NOT be appearing. 8pm-11pm. Expect bonus features. Intimate surroundings! Fully stocked beer bar.
Weds 14 Sept
Roy Wilkinson, Paul Farley plus music TBC
The Club Inn, Endmoor, near Kendal, Cumbria, UK
Roy Wilkinson will be reading from Do It For Your Mum. The acclaimed Liverpool poet and author Paul Farley will be reading from his recent book Edgelands (“A fascinating look at the urban-rural interzones” – The Sunday Times) and also reading some of his award-winning poetry (Whitbread Poetry Award; 1999 Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award). There will also be live music – acts TBC. PLEASE NOTE, BSP themselves will NOT be appearing. This night runs 8-11pm. The venue is a nice traditional ‘working men’s club’ – previously Gatebeck Working Men’s Club. The venue is about four miles south of Kendal, just up from Lancaster, right by Junction 36 on the M6. Watch out for the free liquer-filled hot dogs and audio tracks from Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow Rising.Tickets £4 from: www.wegottickets.com