A strong contender to be the next big hope of British rock after Coldplay, Starsailor just want to keep their feet on the ground. The rockers, who released their latest album, Silence is Easy, in September, will play at the Hong Kong Exhibition Centre, Wan Chai, on Thursday night. 'There are so many new bands. People say the up-and-coming band this week is Stroke, next week is Yeah Yeah Yeah. We simply want to focus on music,' said drummer Ben Byrne, 26, in a telephone interview from the United Kingdom. Byrne, along with vocalist-guitarist James Walsh, 23, bassist James Stelfox, 27, and keyboard player Barry Westhead, 26, are now in Japan, the first leg of their inaugural Asia tour. Starsailor's debut album, Love Is Here, in 2001 sold more than one million copies in the UK alone. The quartet, named after an album of their music influence Tim Buckley, spent many months touring Europe and the United States before they could actually focus on their second album in March. The group said they enjoyed playing live and felt excited about their Asian tour. 'It's such a contrast playing live and recording ... we get involved in producing the record because we know it's going to be there forever. When you play live, it's just one time. You put all your energy and passion into the performance,' said Byrne. 'When you are on the road, you go to different places and experience different cultures. When you get to do a job that you really love, we look at ourselves and think that what we're doing is great. 'We're really thankful for the opportunity to share our music with the people,' the drummer said. After Asia, the band will fly back to Ireland to play a couple of gigs and then embark on their US tour next month. Starsailor Live in Hong Kong. 8pm, December 11. Hong Kong Exhibition Centre, China Resources Building, Wan Chai. Tickets at $380 are available at HK Ticketing box-office and Tom Lee Music outlets. Booking hotline: 31 288 288. Online booking: www.hkticketing.com .