British Sea Power at Camden KOKO 1/31/08
photo by Holly Erskine
Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole, is
Waving Flags by British Sea Power from the 2008 album Do You Like Rock Music? on Rough Trade.
This marks the third album from British Sea Power and a bold move in their career. By many estimates, BSP will never attain the raw brilliance of their debut and Open Season nearly gave away the farm. But the boys went balls to the wall this time around, enlisting the help of not one but three producers — Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire), Graham Sutton (Jarvis Cocker) and Efrim Menuck (Godspeed You Black Emporer!) — enabling them to form their sonic edginess and at the same time radio friendliness into song structures that will leave you breathless. On an album of anthemic proportions,
Waving Flags carries the torch, reminding listeners at once of Arcade Fire grandiosity and the early BSP that showed the way. Do You Like Rock Music? is BSP near peaking in creativity and literate poignancy. This ship sets sail for the states later this month and docks in Seattle for a performance at Neumo’s 3/4. All other dates are easily ascertained on the band’s MySpace page. The official video for
Waving Flags follows: