Public Service Broadcasting are a London based duo who use spoken word samples provided by the British Film Institute to a backdrop of electronic instrumental music with a manifesto to “teach the lessons of the past through the music of the present”. The band consists of J Willgoose Esq. on guitar, sampling and electronic instruments, and Wrigglesworth on drums and electronic instruments. They released their debut album, ‘Inform-Educate –Entertain’ in 2013 which reached No.21 in the British charts. Now almost 2 years later, the electronic duo have released their second album ‘The Race for Space’ which entered the UK album charts at No.11.
‘The Race for Space’ is simply one of the most coherent concept pieces I have heard in many years. Every single note on this album has been lovingly crafted with the spoken word samples charting the excitement and drama of the space race from 1957 to 1972. I personally feel the ‘The Race for Space’ also benefits from focusing on one particular historical topic which provides a strong sense on continuity and narrative direction to this album.
Some of the outstanding pieces from this album include an insightful reflection on the loss of life on the spacecraft Apollo 1 with the track ‘Fire in the Cockpit’. Contrasting to this sombre moment in space exploration is the track “Go” which deals with the successful moon landing in 1969. However for me, the outstanding moment is undoubtedly the euphoric bleeping of ‘Sputnik’. This track slowly builds into an uplifting crescendo and manages to recreate/capture the hopes and thrills felt by humanity during that historical occasion.
Public Service Broadcasting undertake a British tour starting in April 2015, I’m really looking forward to this one with excitement and anticipation to hear this fascinating band perform live at the O2 ABC Glasgow, 2nd of May 2015.
For more information, to purchase the music, gig dates, videos and social media links visit the Public Service Broadcasting website.