British Sea Power – Keep On Trying (Sechs Freunde): Track of the Day

As British Sea Power prepare to return to the The Venue tomorrow for a Derby date on their current tour we bring you this mighty single from the iconic art rockers sixth album Let The Dancers Inherit The Party.

No strangers to our city the band have traditionally poled up at Christmas, with Derby just one of the less-visited places they like to play while also favouring unusual venues from churches to social clubs and scout huts. But tomorrow will see them back on stage at The Venue with a set bound to draw heavily on their most recent tracks.

Released in March Let The Dancers Inherit The Party reflects the uncertainty of current times but brings that down to a local level, to the family and the community, to nostalgia for a golden age and the sense that many feel they are losing an England they only ever imagined anyway.

The second single from it, Keep On Trying (Sechs Freunde), is full of energy and love. It sings for togetherness and commonality, playing on the idea of Six Degrees of Separation from title to chanted chorus line. The track, indeed the album as a whole, is seeped in European imagery, language and art – from the typography created by German Dadaist artist Kurt Schwitters (who’s art has long been entwined with the bands) to Polish animation and this forms part of the resolute, the pragmatic, the persevering stand of solidarity British Sea Power make.

Guitarist Martin Noble said of the most recent release, “The album in general, especially on songs like Keep On Trying (Sechs Freunde) and What You’re Doing, touches on disconnection and connections. Feeling connected or disconnected on a personal level all the way to global levels. Sechs Freunde refers to the Small World Experiment that investigated how we are only six connections from anyone on earth. It’s a positive pep talk to yourself to Keep On Trying, even when the dark side is rearing it’s ugly multi-head.”

British Sea Power – Keep On Trying (Sechs Freunde)

British Sea Power, with support from ILL, play The Venue tomorrow (23 October) – tickets on the door, more info here. Read our interview with the band here.

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