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Reviewed on 12th April 2005.


British Sea Power

Live at Blank Canvas on Friday, 8th April 2005

Apologising for The Rakes absence, the Leeds five piece Infrasound swaggered onto stage, fronted by singer John Walker, who looks like the original monkey-prince himself - Ian Brown. Repeatedly roaring into the mike that they were 'Infrasound, that's In. Fra. Sound.', they kicked out a boring routine that was ten years out of date.

The influences of Simple Minds, James and Happy Mondays show clearly through, but unlike other Leeds band The Music, Infrasound have not evolved from their heroes and developed their own style. This was not a band to put on with innovative art types British Sea Power, but would have been embraced at an easy-to-please Oasis concert.

The folkloric tales of BSP's crazed rock antics among twigs, plastic birds and makeshift forests are legendary, so tonight the simple stage adorned by nothing but blue and white lighting was a surprise. Opening with recent top 20 single 'It Ended on an Oily Stage', BSP launched into a beautifully crafted, resonant but somehow reserved set.

Appearing unhappy with the limelight (or maybe the lack of camouflage sans oak leaves?) guitarist Noble and bassist Hamilton stayed close to the drums, wrapped in their own worlds, with Noble occasionally holding his guitar aloft to some higher beings. With never a word to the reverent crowd, the band remained in their own world, methodically checking off their setlist.

Despite this apparent reticence, BSP continue to be powerful and entertaining with a deeply poignant core. Taking tracks from both their 2003 debut album 'The Decline of British Sea Power' and new LP 'Open Season', they built intricate and intellectual slow burning crescendos, Yan's voice emotionally rousing, alternately whispering and knowingly burning out through the beautiful guitar anthems 'Remember Me' and 'Carrion'.

The venue was packed out and the sound quality excellent; and so the five hundred plus fans packed into The Blank Canvas like proverbial sardines continued to throw their arms aloft in worship of their innovative gods. Who needs eccentricity and twigs anyway?



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On 13th April 2005 at 09:16 Anonymous 2871 wrote...

"The sound quality was excellent"? It sounded dreadful I thought, the Blank Canvas is reliably crap when it comes to sound


On 13th April 2005 at 13:14 Anonymous 1205 wrote...

Yeah mate I agree, thought the sound was very bad - inconsistent and very top end. BSP amused and entertained though!



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