This browser is supported only in Windows 10 and above.


British Sea Power in Favor of “Mad Max”-Style Governments, Wild Wolves

British Sea Power in Favor of “Mad Max”-Style Governments, Wild Wolves (photo)

Posted by on

Noble, Yan and the lads of British Sea Power chatted with Contact Music about their record “Valhalla Dancehall” and had a few choice things to say, not least of which came from a roadie of theirs named Paul who chimed in about the name of the accompanying “Zeus” EP — which has nothing to do with the Greek God.

It’s named after their van you see. “And the van was named Zeus after a Sunderland based lager that was really cheap,” Noble explains, “Zeus Lager.”

Paul couldn’t let it go there, launching into the full story about how his friends would always meet up to drink Zeus together. “And they’d all put a bit of money in, you know, everyone chips in. But on one occasion, this one lad didn’t put in.” the roadie said. “So my friend, shit in his own hand, and wiped it on this lad’s face.” That didn’t phase the cheap fellow though, who just continued to sit there and drink the Zeus with the shit on his face. “And that’s why my van is called Zeus. From then on, anything that was considered ‘good’ was ‘Zeus.'”

Brilliant. Here’s another nice exchange they had that provides a window to the band’s politics:

Recently, you’ve been quite vocal in your opposition to the privatisation of some of Britain’s forests. If British Sea Power had its own political party, what would be in your manifesto?

Noble: I’d just make things fair.

Yan: I’d just bring in a sort of ‘Mad Max’ style system of government. I’d have special gangs that look after the forests. I’d bring back nuclear power.

Noble: I’d bring back wild wolves.

Yan: Nuclear power and more wolves. More power and more danger. Forget oil, I’d just have nuclear power.

Noble: You have to understand that this plan of government is very much in its infancy. Very basic at the moment. But yeah, this current government, I mean, they’ve done a few good things I suppose. I mean, they’ve realised there’s a big debt and that we could end up going the way of Greece.

Yan: But they’re doing it all wrong though.

Read the full interview here. But before you do, here’s a video the band release today called “Living Is So Easy,” the first single from “Valhalla Dancehall” which is due out January 10th on Rough Trade.

Watch More

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

Posted by on

The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

Watch More

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

Posted by on

Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

Watch More

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

Posted by on
GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

Watch More