12:34 pm March 31, 2022
Sea Power take to The Roundhouse stage as part of a UK tour to present their acclaimed new album.
The six-piece indie band – who recently dropped “British” from their moniker to distance themselves from nationalist implications – released Everything Was Forever in February and are keen to share it.
Although it was completed during a pandemic, it is an upbeat record according to lead singer Jan. (aka Scott Wilkinson).
“It was five years in total – the longest gap since we started,” he said. “There’s a bit of a sad element to the album but the vibe is quite upbeat. I’ve always enjoyed that bittersweet element.”
Dreaming about nostalgia and memory, the title is inspired by a fairly dense book on the end of the Soviet Union: Everything Was Forever Until It Was No More.
“We were fighting for a title and had almost everything else, and we were drawn at the end of one of my brother’s songs,” says Yan. “You can find out where something came from and it ruins it, but that seemed to sum up the slightly regrettable vibe of the album. There’s something odd about looking back, wondering what happened to things you took for granted, things that have disappeared or changed.”
The album benefited from extra time “to think things through and make sure we put them together properly”.
“There’s normally people chasing you to finish but it was the other way around, ‘take another year, no rush’, so we put more time into the mixing stage working on how the songs fit together and we’re really happy,” he says.
“I don’t know if it’s just being older, but I feel quite different from [previous albums]. Once I’m done I don’t want to listen to it for years unless you have to hold the words back, but it was turned on in the car. I enjoyed it and was really happy with the way we all work together.”
With some outdoor space and bandmates used to working apart from across the country, he feels lucky the lockdown has given him “some quiet time”.
“I was off the treadmill – I had never really stopped since we started. I didn’t produce much but found I was doing the groundwork in my mind. was like a very old-fashioned Sunday when everything was closed. It wasn’t for everyone, but I was really comfortable in it.”
When the tour started again, he was initially nervous but says “old habits have taken over”.
“Every once in a while you feel a little weird. You see a brave person up front with a mask on and think ‘that’s a hot box of germs’.”
Renowned for gigs that balance attention to detail with chaotic mismanagement, Sea Power promises “something for everyone” at the Roundhouse, living up to the album’s closing title We Only Want to Make You Happy. .
“We always give everything we have,” says Jan.
“[The Roundhouse] is amazing, when it works it’s fantastic, but it’s a big open space and you have to do it sonically right to make your set work. We’ll be playing a number of songs from the new album, but we don’t want to do a four-hour extravaganza with the Rolling Stones. Space is quite tight on the setlist and we want everyone to be happy with the songs they expect and have some surprises in store for them. It should be as good as it gets.”
Yan still enjoys performing live and says the pandemic has taught us not to take it for granted.
“A good concert is something to do with a very intimate feeling, then at the end a great feeling of unity and a lot of singing. The last two times we have been blown away at the end by the energy that comes back. C It really felt like the whole room had its arms up in the air, relieved to be lost in the moment again, to have finally forgotten the outside world.”
Sea Power plays The Roundhouse on April 14. Visit www.roundhouse.org.uk/whats-on/2022/sea-power/