REVIEW: British Sea Power, The Leadmill

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IN a recent interview British Sea Power guitarist Martin Noble noted the band’s fans could be somewhat dedicated.

“We have three hard core fans who come to pretty much every show,” he noted.

Tonight it’s easy to see why grown men and women might get obsessed,

For this Cumbria-via-Brighton six-piece are absolutely mesmerising; astonishing mix of Arcade Fire bombast, Strokes garage rock and a stream of cultural reference points - the wrestler Big Daddy, the iceberg Larsen B and the aeroplane The Spirit of St. Louis - you just don’t get with your average Bombay Bicycle Club.

Lights Out For Darker Skies is almost certainly the best song ever written about the campaign to dim urban lights so more people can look at the stars; while Who’s In Control makes the local library sound like the sexiest, coolest place in the whole universe.

Which, in a way, it is.

But it’s debut album duo Remember Me and Carrion which really take the breath away - two pop songs so utterly, mind-numbingly perfect the rest of music might as well just pack up and go home now.

“To Sodom I will go,” they sing on crowd-pleaser No Lucifer. “Not to Megiddo.”

One suspects those three fans will follow them there too. And, really, who can blame them?