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British Sea Power announce Koko gig
Music fans from the capital will be spoilt for choice in 2014, with an onslaught of gigs taking place that will showcase the talents of some of the biggest names in music, as well as a selection of hotly-tipped up and coming talent. But one act who have just announced they will be returning to London in April are a band who have steadily built up a cult following over a number of years, to the point where they can command a venue like Camden’s Koko despite having never really received a great deal of mainstream exposure.
British Sea Power hail from the Lake District and have developed a sound that paints vibrant audio landscapes that are equally as striking as their homeland. The six-piece have had a monumental 2013, with a host of celebrated festival performances and the release of their seventh studio album From the Sea to the Land Beyond. The record received critical acclaim and showcased a sound that was slightly more brooding than past offerings.
Dark lyrics are matched with a ‘wall of sound’ psychedelic style of production that is immersive without ever risking becoming overbearing. It could be considered a concept album as the record was originally composed as a soundtrack for a film of the same name. The production is a piece that has been put together by collating footage of the UK’s coastal towns, taken throughout the 20th century.
The band showed no hesitation in taking this to the live stage either. The last installment of Brighton’s Cine-City festival played host to a silent screening of the film, at which British Sea Power performed in time – no mean feat considering they were in the presence of some of the most highly-regarded film critics in the country.
They also celebrated a decade in the business this year, proving that a loyal fanbase and a reputation for live shows that always maintain a sense of occasion are a recipe for success.British Sea Power will perform at Koko on April 14th. Any fans from outside the capital will find the venue can be found from London city centre hotels via the Tube.