Formerly British Sea Power but renamed to distance themselves from the Brexit madness, Kendal indie rockers Sea Power have won some remarkable admirers - Lou Reed, David Bowie and London's National Maritime Museum. Indeed, the BSP fanbase now includes Doctor Who, Harry Potter and Sherlock Holmes. Peter Capaldi is a confirmed BSP fan. "A band of stark originality," he wrote in his foreword for the reissue of the band's 2003 debut album, The Decline Of British Sea Power. "BSP's songs bring you the bite of the wind, the fury of the sea, and music that is simply exhilarating." Daniel Radcliffe has talked in detail about his plan to get a BSP tattoo (featuring the 2002 T-shirt slogan Bravery Already Exists). Benedict Cumberbatch is also an admirer of the band. Race horses and massive ocean-going yachts have been named after the band. London's National Maritime Museum recently opened a new £35m exhibition wing. Visitors are greeted by huge, sculpted quotations from Shakespeare and Coleridge and a lyric from British Sea Power.
Supported and very generously crowd funded by their ever loyal fans, fifteen years on from their first concert they continue to make bold, galvanising, idiosyncratic marks on the world, scoring yet another UK Top 10 album in 2022.
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