AN INSPIRATIONAL new CD launch is just around the corner from cutting-edge Kendal band British Sea Power.
On October 6, the group will release their singe Remember Me, taken from their debut album – The Decline of British Sea Power.
The single, available from Rough Trade Records, also includes Salty Water and Good Good Boys.
But in an interesting gesture of what they call ‘rock remembrance’, the band are inviting nominations for individuals to be commemorated on the sleeve of the seven-inch vinyl version of the single.
Once the nominations have been pooled together, the name of a different person will be inscribed on each single sleeve.
The band have already completed their own list of names for inclusion from the eclectic British Sea Power pantheon, including Jarvis Cocker, James Osterberg, Cathy Freeman and Viscount Montgomery of Alamein.
BSP have already received a couple of nominations of note - the first is from field marshal of funk and purveyor of questionable lyrics Har Mar Superstar. The American artist has been in touch with the British Sea Power boys and has seen fit to nominate himself.
The band say they are honoured to include him for remembrance but have also flagged up another nomination from the opposite end of the emotional scale, asking for a fan’s grandfather, Buchenwald concentration camp survivor Walter Tischler, 97, to be included in the remembrance list.
If you want to be a tiny part of rock history, get writing. Nominations for commemoration should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org along with a 50-word explanation of why you want your nomination included.
British Sea Power, who are made up of Natland brothers Neil and Scott Wilkinson and former Kirkbie Kendal classmate Mathew Wood as well as Martin Noble from Yorkshire, recently played a memorable gig at Kendal’s very own John Boste club – the home of many an 18th birthday bash.
And fans will be pleased to note the boys are back on tour this autumn in both the UK and Germany.
Gimmicks, gestures and rave NME reviews aside, British Sea Power are a home-grown group to be proud of. If you haven’t heard their stuff already – buy their new single - it really, really is good.