British Sea Power

Never have I eaten my words as quickly as when our Travis Ritter

announced British Sea Power's new album (Do You Like Rock Music?) and

I dissed and dismissed it, only to hear one of the songs on the radio

10 minutes later and fall in love. The third album by this

Brighton-based band stands out among the oatmeal (to steal a phrase

from Dlisted.com's Michael K) that I find most current British pop to

be. It was recorded in Montreal, the Czech Republic, and a

19th-century fortification in Cornwall, and on it the foursome's epic

guitars and multiple obsessions—from Sodom to Polish plumbers to Hedy

Lamarr—meet with smart melodies to make a satisfying package of songs.

"It's about cherry wood and Kevlar—the good and the bad," said BSP

guitarist Martin Noble. Addressing cultural anxiety with optimism, and

doing it well. With Colourmusic. Neumo's, 925 E. Pike St.,

709-9467. 8 p.m. $12 adv.

Listen to a sample of British Sea Power's "No Lucifer."

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Tue., March 4, 8 p.m., 2008

 
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