British Sea Power Ready To ‘Rock’ Again
Rock act British Sea Power has one question guiding its new material: “Do You Like Rock Music?” Such is the title of its third album, due Feb. 12 via Rough Trade. The set was mainly recorded in Montreal and mixed in the Czech Republic by Graham Sutton (Jarvis Cocker), who previously worked with the group on its “Open Season” album.
“We started the whole thing two years ago now, in terms of writing. And they took a long time, unfortunately,” guitarist/vocalist Scott Wilkinson said. “Instead of layering up tracks, we took a lot more direct approach, in that we went in a room and played together.”
Wilkinson describes “Do You Like Rock Music?” as more “contemporary” than previous efforts, and that the title exemplifies what the band was trying to accomplish. “Partly what we’re saying is that rock is a broad and encompassing thing, capable of a lot,” he says.
New to the mix this time are female backing singers and “funny little instruments, like harmoniums. We tried to get a big choir feeling,” Wilkinson says. “That’s part of why we took so long; we were at home, adding things and experimenting.”