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Friday 16 April 2022

Thursday 15 April 2022. SEA POWER live at The Roundhouse. Indie-rockers are touring to promote their eighth studio album "Everything Was Forever". In 2021 British Sea Power changed their name to Sea Power, to avoid connotations with “isolationist, antagonistic nationalism”. In a statement on their website, they say the original name was borne of “the elementary power of the oceans”, along with a reference to British naval supremacy made with “wry humour. The idea of British sea power in the historical sense was an obsolete thing. It was now just the name of a rock band. Now, 20 years later, we’re recasting the name. In recent times there’s been a rise in a certain kind of nationalism in this world – an isolationist, antagonistic nationalism that we don’t want to run any risk of being confused with. It’s become apparent that it’s possible to misapprehend the name British Sea Power, particularly if someone isn’t familiar with the band or their recordings.” Their biggest chart success came with 2008’s "Do You Like Rock Music?", which reached No 10 in the album chart and was nominated for the Mercury prize. They have toured with bands including the Killers, and have recorded four soundtracks – the most recent, for video game Disco Elysium, won a Bafta Game award in 2020 for best music. ----------- Space in the stalls and circle so maybe 2000 out of the 3000 capacity here tonight. PENELOPE ISLES arrived on stage at 8pm for their 30 mins set. They feature a brother and sister from Brighton who front the band. They played some laid back tunes from their two albums. SEA POWER arrived on stage at 9pm and play for 1 hour 50 mins. In the past, Sea Power live shows have featured bear-suited mascots and copious onstage foliage. This time the tree branches are present and correct, but the bear head remains side of stage unused, while several fans down the front appear to have come equipped with hiking gear. The first half of the set was more laid back with plenty of keyboards and cool trumpet. The second half was top notch , as they played loads of great uptempo indie-rock gems, including "Waving Flags", which got the crowd down the front jumping around. A really good show. Full SEA POWER setlist played tonight.... Machineries of Joy It Ended on an Oily Stage Lights Out for Darker Skies Transmitter Two Fingers Fire Escape in the Sea Cleaning Out the Rooms We Only Want to Make You Happy The Lonely Green Goddess Doppelgänger Mongk II No Lucifer Folly Bad Bohemian Carrion / All in It Encore: Remember Me Waving Flags The Great Skua