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British Sea Power, The Charlotte, Leicester 12.04.02

Four clean looking boys come centre stage and transform into a collection of post horror movie victims who’ve survived the evil to tell us of the strange beasts lurking somewhere beyond. They are surrounded by props, which are stuffed animals including an Owl (an omen of impending death according to some superstitions). Large branches are dangling down and some are attached to the musicians.

This in whole effectively looks like the lair of the log lady from Twin Peaks.
The music is a cocktail of Teardrop Explodes and vintage David Bowie it is quite amazing that this 80’s influenced band isn’t deemed un-cool, this is because they are so wonderfully entertaining. The singer and bass player both wear an expression described in the face of the painting “The Scream” by Edvard Munch. All this makes the fascination of the crowd grow to a level that makes this band one the most intriguing and exciting things I’ve seen for a long, long time. You really must see this band to believe it.

Na’im Cortazzi

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