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Do You Like Rock Music? - 15th Anniversary Expanded Edition

    Rough Trade Records are excited to announce the reissue of Sea Power’s Mercury Prize nominated Do You Like Rock Music? album. The album is expanded for this 15th anniversary reissue with radio sessions and B-sides and extensive new sleeve notes. 

    This kaleidoscopic record encapsulates Sea Power's true heart. "Easy, easy..." Only Sea Power could turn a football chant into art… with ease. From this bounding refrain of ‘No Lucifer’, via the serenity of ‘Waving Flags', the balm-like ‘No Need To Cry’ and the joyous ‘Trip Out’, 2008 album Do You Like Rock Music? reflects the band's ability to find glacial beauty in the commonplace, making soul-stirring epiphanies an everyday occurrences.


    Record 1 - Side 1
    1.All In It
    2.Lights Out For Darker Skies
    3.No Lucifer
    4.Waving Flags
    5.Canvey Island
    6.Down On The Ground

    Record 1 – Side 2
    7.Trip Out
    8.Great Skua
    10.No Need To Cry
    11.Open The Door
    12.We Close Our Eyes

    Record 2 - Side 1
    1.No Lucifer – Steve Lamacq ‘In New Music We Trust’ BBC Radio 1 Session
    2.Waving Flags – Radcliffe & Maconie BBC Radio 2 Session
    3.A Trip Out – Colin Murray BBC Radio 1 Session
    4.Open The Door – BBC 6 Music Hub Session
    5.Everybody Must Be Saved – B-side

    Record 2 - Side 2
    6.Ooby Dooby Do – B-side
    7.Save The Purple House – B-side
    8.Charlie Potatoes – B-side
    9.Total Confusion – B-side
    10.Elizabeth & Susan Meet The Pelican – B-side

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    Open Season - 15th Anniversary Edition

      The expanded reissue includes additional live sessions, B-sides and rarities from the period and extensive new sleeve notes.

      The majority of the original album was recorded by Mads Bjerke (Spiritualized, Primal Scream, Girls Aloud) and mixed by Bill Price (Sex Pistols, The Clash, Sparks). Two tracks were recorded and mixed by Graham Sutton (The Delays, Bark Psychosis) and Phill Brown (Sly Stone, Led Zeppelin, Talk Talk).


      It Ended On An Oily Stage
      Be Gone
      How Will I Ever Find My Way Home?
      Like A Honeycomb
      Please Stand Up
      North Hanging Rock
      To Get To Sleep
      Victorian Ice
      Oh Larsen B
      The Land Beyond
      True Adventures

      It Ended On An Oily Stage (recorded For The Mark Radcliffe Show On BBC Radio 2 – First Broadcast On 31st March 2005)

      How Will I Ever Find My Way Home? (recorded For The Mark Radcliffe Show On BBC Radio 2 – First Broadcast On 31st March 2005)

      Don’t You Want To Be A Bird? (recorded For The Gideon Coe On BBC Radio 6 – First Broadcast On 28th March 2005)

      When I Go Out (recorded For The Gideon Coe On BBC Radio 6 – First Broadcast On 28th March 2005)

      Crystal Horse (originally Appeared On ‘It Ended On An Oily Stage’ CD Single 2)

      Over In The Corner (originally Appeared On ‘Please Stand Up’ CD Single 1)

      How Will I Find My Way Home? (Organ Version) (originally Appeared As A Hidden Track On Open Season CD)

      How Animals Work (Mike Hedges Version – Previously Unreleased)

      Runaway (originally Appeared As ‘Gale Warnings In Viking North’ On ‘Please Stand Up’ 7”)

      Green Grass Of Tunnel (originally Appeared On ‘It Ended On An Oily Stage’ CD Single 1)

      Grey Goose (originally Appeared On ‘Please Stand Up’ CD Single 2)

      Chicken Pig (True Adventures Instrumental Demo) (originally Appeared On ‘Please Stand Up’ CD Single 2)

      I Am A Cider Drinker (originally Appeared On The Split 7” Single By British Sea Power And The Wurzels)

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      Sea Of Brass

        Having toured Britain with full, competition-standard brass orchestras, including a sell-out night in the main hall at London's Barbican Centre, British Sea Power - described by The Sunday Times as "the best band in Britain" - now present 'Sea Of Brass', a new studio album born out of these live brass-backed shows.

        The release stems from live shows, including sell-out main hall Barbican show, which gained coverage in The Guardian, Evening Standard, The Independent and more and follows the 12th anniversary re-issue of their indie classic debut 'The Decline Of British Sea Power'.

        Including re-workings of much loved tracks from previous albums including 'Machineries Of Joy', 'Valhalla Dancehall' and 'Do You Like Rock Music?', the studio versions of the brass arrangements were recorded with the Foden's Band, a renowned Cheshire-based brass ensemble, formed in 1900. Foden's Band have won numerous international prizes and in 2012 won a rare brass-band double, being crowned both British Open champions and National Champions of Great Britain.

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        The Decline Of British Sea Power

          A deluxe, expanded and lovingly rendered reissue of 'The Decline Of British Sea Power', the band's debut album, originally released in June 2003 to huge critical acclaim.

          'The Decline Of British Sea Power' will be re-issued on multiple formats including a deluxe collectable 2CD + DVD casebound book and featuring a re-mastered version of the original studio album along with B-sides from the band.

          'The BSP Handbook (Vol 1)' - A hardback book with 2CDs and DVD

          This image-laden high-quality hardback book comes with dustjacket and integral wallets containing two CDs and one DVD – a marvellously multi-media combination that tells the story of the Decline album in compelling audio-visual style.

          The CDs feature the acclaimed original 'Decline' album and B-sides from the Decline era. The DVD features live BSP footage from the UK and Japan, alongside Decline-period videos and bonus features. Please note: the Handbook narrative and images are completely different to those in the book in the Compleat box-set. Text by Roy Wilkinson, author of the acclaimed BSP-themed memoir Do It For Your Mum. Stuart Maconie on Do It For Your Mum: "As different from the usual rock biography as British Sea Power are from the usual rock band. Funny, literate, touching, ambitious and engaging. A quirky, brilliant story –quirkily, brilliantly told.”

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          Machineries Of Joy

            British Sea Power’s new, fifth album ‘Machineries Of Joy’ will be released on Rough Trade Records. The album release will be accompanied by a full UK tour.

            ‘Machineries Of Joy’ was written in the Berwyn mountains in north Wales and recorded in Brighton with Dan Smith and mixer Ken Thomas (David Bowie, Sigur Ros).

            “We’d like to think the album is warm and restorative,” says singer Yan. “Various things are touched on in the words - Franciscan monks, ketamine, French female bodybuilders turned erotic movie stars. The world often seems a mad, hysterical place at the moment. You can’t really be oblivious to that, but we’d like the record to be an antidote - a nice game of cards in pleasant company.”

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            Valhalla Dancehall

              "Valhalla Dancehall" is the band’s fourth album proper, following the Mercury-nominated "Do You Like Rock Music?" in 2008 and the "Man Of Aran" soundtrack in 2009. With its title, "Valhalla Dancehall" invokes a wild-eyed internationalism, alluding to both the Norse mythos and Jamaican discos – to the Viking heaven and Caribbean good times. BSP are maybe unlikely to be taking up residence in downtown Kingston, but the album title and the music it comes with are antidotes to limited horizons and parochial mindsets. BSP have recently played live inside the Arctic Circle and atop the Great Wall Of China. With its ambition and sense of wonder, the new album mirrors such globe-girdling scope.

              'We almost called the album Return Of The Gender Benders', says BSP frontman Yan. 'It was a fun title, but it also had a more serious side. The music we were recording made us want to link ourselves with people who aren’t afraid to stand out. Another working title was The Interstellar Sussex Downs – a mix of the near and the far. It’s our most ambitious record yet and there’s a bit of a party theme – the word 'party' features a few times. Lee Perry and Odin are both there, in Valhalla where the bar stays open for eternity. Four albums in and we're finally learning to enjoy ourselves..'

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              Andy says: The British Arcade Fire: weird, wonderful and deceptively epic!

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              Man Of Aran

                British Sea Power have written and recorded a new soundtrack for the 1934 film "Man Of Aran". This package includes two discs - the re-scored Man Of Aran DVD, plus the soundtrack by itself on CD.
                'It's a wonderful film', says BSP guitarist Noble. 'The images vary between huge drama and a brilliant kind of ridiculousness - check out the amazing foot-wide bobbled berets that the fishermen wear. It's a great look, like a 1930s Irish version of Jack White or Kraftwerk. It's a film that's also relevant to the current era – a time when the idea of living a simpler life is in the air. The film shows something I'd like to think I could do, but know I never will'. 'Man Of Aran' is a powerful and provocative dramatised documentary from the late American filmmaker Robert J Flaherty. In a series of startling black-and-white sequences the film presents daily life on the inhospitable Aran islands on the west coast of Ireland. The film was both celebrated and controversial on its release.

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                Do You Like Rock Music?

                  Given that this album was produced by Howard Bilerman (drummer on Arcade Fire's "Funeral Album"), Efrim Menuck (Godspeed You! Black Emperor) and Graham Sutton (Bark Psychosis), it's epic grandeur is really no surprise. With its layers of soaring guitar, thundering drums and chanting vocals comparisons to Arcade Fire are inevitable, particularly on tracks like "Waving Flags" and album opener "All In It". There is much more to this album though: although the big surging sound is pretty much full on, there's some lovely intricate instrumentation, lots of clever pace changes to keep you on your toes, and unlike pretty much every indie band around lately, they actually have a story to tell too. With "Do You Like Rock Music?", they've finally fulfilled the promise shown on their previous albums. Already an album of the year contender!

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                  Open Season

                    Their first album did really well, as a word-of-mouth thing, and back then BSP stood alone in the old-school indie quirky art-pop stakes. They were a refreshing leftward turn. Now everyone's at it, but the good news is that this second album is a huge step on from their debut. It has a controlled, powerful splendour which recalls the dark, melodic wonder of Joy Division and features less of the jerky wackiness of old. This is a beautiful record and whilst the words 'epic' and 'soaring' aren't usually associated with leftfield pop, BSP manage to be both those things. But they do it cleverly, with grace and good taste. This will be a contender for Album Of The Year.

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