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British Sea Power performed at the Bowery Ballroom on their final night in NYC on Thursday, 21 April 2011. What started out as just another show turned out to be a spectacular event. I started my evening not really in the mood to see a show, but decided I was going to go because I needed to get out. Shut up and stop sulking Tear-n!
The show opened up with former BSP member/founder of Brakes Brakes Brakes, Eamon Hamilton. I made it in time to see Eamon’s final few songs, which were every bit as fun and quirky as Eamon himself.
Up next was Italy’s A Classic Education. They were pretty good and I was quite impressed by singer Jonathan Clancy’s perfect English. Turns out, Clancy is actually from Canada. Oh why do I assume! I definitely enjoyed their dreamy, retro pop. More bands from the Mediterranean (and Canada) should visit. They seem to have a knack for 60s garage.
British Sea Power finally took the stage to an enthusiastic crowd. Though there were initially only a handful of people dancing, presuming that the night would end up low key and and subdued was a foolish assumption.
By night’s end, the crowd was dancing and enjoying themselves to a 20+ minute jam session. Eamon made a guest appearance with a drum and what looked like a metal salad bowl donned as headwear. A Classic Education came on stage as well, sharing in the revelry and mic duties. Eventually, the crowd participation went from dancing by the stage to climbing the stage in droves and taking over the mic. It was an amazing sight and you could see the brothers Wilkinson were enjoying every bit of it; As well as Noble who decided to climb up the balcony while Yan crowd surfed.
It was a fantastic night, bringing back the old days of BSP that I remembered-when they tucked their pants into their socks like Colonial soldiers and propped the stage with tree branches and dead birds. Oh those were the good ole days.
Enjoy the pics!