British Sea Power: Church, Leeds

As the name may suggest, Church is a former church which has been converted into a hip gig space. It seems as though Church could have been specifically designed for British Sea Power, as the stunning acoustics and the beautiful, gothic, architecture suited them perfectly. Before a marathon set from the headline act the crowd were treated to a set from rising stars Rogue Emperor.

The crowd stood and politely absorbed their set as they provided some atmospheric riffs. Rogue Emperor rattled through a short set in a relaxed, nonchalant, fashion but despite having some decent grooves they never fully grabbed the audience’s attention.

As Rogue Emperor departed and, in typical British Sea Power style, the stage was transformed into a woodland scene the excitement amongst the crowd began to grow. This show was part of a tour to promote their latest album “Let The Dancers Inherit The Party” so a fair portion of the set was made up of tracks from that album, but fans in attendance hoping for some vintage British Sea Power will have left well and truly satisfied too. The early part of the set was mainly newer material, with their brand new single “Bad Bohemian” get and very early outing and a huge reception. After about the first five tracks the set began to become more and more frequently laden with fans favourites. Tracks like “Remember Me” and ” No Lucifer” provoke massive reactions from the crowd making you realise just how much these tracks mean to the hundreds in attendance.

British Sea Power certainly can’t be accused of shirking their responsibilities towards their adoring public as they returned to the stage for encore, and conclusion of a two hour stage presence. They arrived dressed head to toe is shiny foil shell suits for one final selection of their greatest hits. The audience were in awe of their heroes as they played back to back fan favourites. Not even the arrival of their trademark dancing bears could completely steal focus from them, although it is hard to concentrate on what is happening on stage as an eight foot, upright, polar bear boogies past you. The stunning acoustics of Church only emphasised what we already knew, British Sea Power are incomparable and they would be just as good where ever you saw them.