British Sea Power’s newest record, its third, titled “Do You Like Rock Music?” begins with a chorus chanting, “We’re all in it and we/We’re all in it and we/We’re all in it and we close our eyes,” set against the backdrop of a penetrating organ, a steady beat and feedback. It’s a warning, and a promise. The band’s always leaned towards the dramatic—“The Decline of British Sea Power” (2003) and “Open Season” (2005) were memorable because of that—but this record takes it to a new level, of Arcade Fire proportion, and with significant success. The influences of eighties indie rock, that of Jesus and Mary Chain and the Pixies, comes through even more so than before—this is a rock record first and foremost, a smart and handsome one at that, big and bold and at times ridiculous and at times quiet and introspective. Live, British Sea Power has always been extraordinary, and with this material, expect nothing less. Do you like rock music? Yes, especially when it sounds like this. (Tom Lynch)
British Sea Power plays March 24 at Empty Bottle, 1035 North Western, (773)276-3600, at 8pm and 11pm. $13.