Brighton’s finest, British Sea Power, are back with a new EP, a short U.S. tour and a new look. The band have been laying low since releasing Open Season in 2005, and haven’t played here since May of that year… when I bought a British Tea Power mug at the merch table.
The new EP, Krankenhaus, is "one that will combine a pre-school understanding of atomic theory with ancient wisdom in amplified rock music," according to frontman Yan. It will be available digitally October 8 and in the decreasingly popular CD format on November 20.
Coinciding will be a brief East Coast tour. If you’ve never seen them, British Sea Power put on a pretty intense show — though the days of them covering the stage in locally-foraged greenery is past them. According to a friend of a friend who saw them recently in the UK, "flags are the new twigs." (This picture from BSP’s Sept. 22 show in Bradford confirms it.) And listening to their new song "Atom," I’d have to say the Wedding Present are the new Pixies.
Here are those tour dates:
10/15 Maxwells, Hoboken, NJ
10/16 Johnny Brendas, Philadelphia, PA
10/18 Bowery Ballroom, NYC
10/19 Black Cat, Washington
10/21 Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge, MA
Concert pic swiped from Alex Craven’s Flickr photostream.