Tuesday, 12 November 2013

REWIND: Airship - 'Stuck In This Ocean'

Some of you readers may be familiar with my weekly radio show The BPS Broadcast. Every week I do a section called '1 To Z' where I am attempting to play as many of the artists featured in my record collection as possible, in alphabetical order. After featuring 3 Colours Red, 13th Floor Elevators, 808 State, A, AC/DC, AFI, Against Me, Aerosmith and Air, next in line are the Manchester band Airship

I first became aware of this band through my old deputy school headmaster (now gig promoter and producer) Mel Austin, whose highly regarded son Dan Austin produced their debut album 'Stuck In This Ocean'. I reviewed it not long after it was released HERE, back when I was still trying to remember how to write a decent album review... "The band regard Animal Collective and Wild Beasts as influences, but much of 'Stuck in this Ocean' recalls a more reverb-drenched New Order, as well as hints of Radiohead, early Verve and Doves..." I also commented positively on "the wonderful closer and title track 'Stuck In This Ocean', where the warm organ sound gives it a gospel feel as piano rains down over the track before it bursts into a strident and positive coda that finishes the record nicely...". Despite giving it a 7.5 out of 10, it's more like a 6.5 in hindsight... Despite finishing work on their second album in October 2012, the group called it a day earlier this year in March... "We have all decided to put Airship to bed. It feels better to live in the sweet echos of a childhood dream rather than the reality of this present day. Thank you to everyone who supported us along the way - those of you that travelled to see us, wore our t shirts and bought our cds. Without you we would have been nothing."

It appears that frontman and songwriter Elliot Williams joined the Editors, which led to the disbanding of Airship. A shame.

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