British Sea Power played a storming gig at Clwb Ifor Bach in Cardiff earlier this week. As well as being one of the UK’s best rock bands, they also have the best merchandise stall on the touring circuit. Set out like a table at a village fete, you can buy vinyl records, T-shirts, badges and patches, tote bags and a range of food and drink-related items. The band have produced collectible mugs since the release of their début album in 2003. Their latest mug - Tea Power Mk IX - is based on the submarine whale illustration in the latest CD booklet and includes the (typical) lyric “Oh the heavy water how it unfolds.” It is the ninth in the series of “Tea Power drinking vessels”. Special packs of BSP tea can be bought, for that mug and tea combo present. BSP Tourist Clotted Cream Fudge, from Tiverton in Devon (suitable for vegetarians), is also a popular souvenir to take home to friends. The BSP own-label “Zeus” lager beer, brewed by Dent Brewery in Yorkshire, sells well, while, on request, there are also a limited number of 30ml bottles of BSP-made Selmeston Sloe gin with hand-painted labels by band-member Yan.
Here’s my review of the gig on Newsoundwales: