British Sea Power
at Gloucester Guildhall, 17th August 2013,
with support from Dolomite Minor.
The first visit to Gloucester Guildhall for Music224 proved to be a great night. The eclectic style of British Sea Power was well suited to this smaller but superbly intimate venue. The nature of British Sea Power’s material has drawn a diverse range of comparisons to the likes of The Cure and Joy Division along with the Pixies and Arcade Fire. The Brighton based indie rock band filled the stage with members Yan Scott Wilkinson (vocals/guitar), Neil Hamilton Wilkinson (vocals/bass/guitar), Martin Noble (guitar/keyboards), Matthew Wood (drums), Abi Fry (viola/keyboards) and Phil Sumner (keyboards/cornet/guitar) comfortably placed in between the elaborate foliage and fairy light decorations. Its 10 years since the critically acclaimed debut album ‘The Decline of British Sea Power’ hit the music scene with the recently released fifth studio album ‘Machineries of Joy’ being the focus of this tour. The set weaved old and new songs but was structured to allow vocalists Yan Scott Wilkinson and Neil Hamilton Wilkinson to spend similar amounts of time in the spotlight on lead vocals, allowing them to indulge in their whimsical lyrics backed up with ample amounts of pounding anthemic guitar music. With Yan doing handstands on the stage, two bear-suited people joined in the fun, wandering and dancing amongst the crowd towards the end of the set, with the crammed in crowd dancing and singing throughout the night in true festival style. Just a normal fun night out with British Sea Power then.
The duo of Dolomite Minor that is Joe Grimshaw (vocals/guitar) and Max Palmier (drums) opened the night with a fantastically atmospheric and stylized set. The duo from Southampton describe their sound as ‘fuzz blues’. Fleeting between shoe gazing mumblings to american blues then to all out rock riffs, Dolimite Minor played a unique and impressive set given that they are purely guitar and drums. Drummer Palmier hit his kit with such ferocity at times it looked as though he was going to break his cymbals and smash through the skins!
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Words and pictures by Stephen Turner