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Public Service Broadcasting

London, England, United Kingdom | Established. Jan 01, 2011 | INDIE

London, England, United Kingdom | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2011
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"Together, the duo explores the past as it looks into the future, with music meant for clubs that doesn't fit neatly into some EDM subgenre or nightlife cliche. It doesn't force you to dance; it isn't incessant so much as bouncy. It's more Kraftwerk than Disclosure. It all sounds fresh." NPR Album of the Week + NPR Tiny Desk Session - NPR


"The most pleasant surprise of the 50 some odd bands I saw at CMJ this year was undoubtedly the London-based pseudonymous musical duo known as Public Service Broadcasting ... Think R2D2 meets RJD2 in an editing workshop at the Anthology Film Archives, with an ipod featuring DJ Shadow, The Books, El Ten Eleven, STRFKR and Kraftwerk." - KCRW


Looking at a photo of J.Willgoose, Esq., bespectacled and dressed head to toe in corduroy, you would be forgiven for thinking he spent most of his days tucked away in darkened libraries. And to be fair, you wouldn’t be too wrong. Except unlike the majority of archive dwellers, his research will not be resigned to history books, but to the mixing decks of one of London’s most innovative electro duos, Public Service Broadcasting.

In their debut full length album, ‘Inform – Educate – Entertain’, Public Service Broadcasting aka J.Willgoose, Esq. And Wrigglesworth, have brought the sounds of our grainy past into our electronic future. Sampling archive material from the BFI, StudioCanal and American public information films to staggering effect, each track on this album intersperses excepts from history with masterful production of guitars, electronic instruments, banjos and live drums.

As plucky RP accents run alongside unrelenting beats, we receive tales and lessons from the past that strangely still resonate with our modern lives. Their next single, the dark and distorted ‘Signal 30’ imitates the intensity and rush of speeding along a deserted road at night, a romanticised image that is soon shattered by the increasingly terrifying driving safety messages. While the warnings escalate – “You are driving a little too fast and have a false sense of confidence” - it’s clear there is no falseness in PSB’s confidence, they have earned every ounce. ‘Night Mail’ follows the journey of our nation’s mail, sampling an information film about the postal service and the transport that delivers letters across the country as drums emulate the sound of speeding trains. Released last year, ‘Everest’ celebrates the successes of the past with a rousing and majestic sound, sampling the 1953 film ‘The Conquest of Everest’ charting the first successful ascent of the great mountain. Demonstrating perhaps the most inspirational use of a banjo I’ve heard, ‘ROYGBIV’ is a simple and beautiful track, a summery and chilled piece of aspirational thinking of “a bright new era dawning”; if you are to read between the lines, they could very well be talking about themselves.

But for Public Service Broadcasting, there is a very self aware humour throughout, notably in the homage to vintage fashion in ‘The Now Generation’, with its nods to band favourite corduroy - “the fabric woven for the now generation” - slickly styled to the electro beats that would seamlessly soundtrack any modern fashion show.

As you can probably deduce, yes, like any good public service announcement, I have emerged brainwashed and wholly converted to their ways. While the words may be firmly seating in the past, this is truly music of the future. Informative, educational, and yes, very much entertaining. Unlike anything you’re likely to have heard before in full album form, Public Service Broadcasting are an innovative and inspirational pairing, breathing new life not only into the archived sounds they use but the electro music world itself. And you can put that in your archive. Absolutely essential listening. - Artrocker


Discography

ROYGBIV - single March 2012
The War Room - EP May 2012
Spitfire - single May 2012
London Can Take It - single August 2012
Everest - single October 2012
Signal 30 - single March 2013
Inform - Educate - Entertain - Album May 2013
Theme From PSB - single July 2013
Night Mail - single October 2013

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Public Service Broadcasting is the corduroy-clad brainchild of London-based J. Willgoose, Esq. who, along with his drumming companion, Wrigglesworth, is on a quest to inform, educate and entertain audiences around the globe.

PSB's uniquely spell-binding live AV Transmissions see them weave samples from old public information films, archive footage and propaganda material around live drums, guitar, banjo and electronics as they teach the lessons of the past through the music of the future - beaming our past back at us through vintage TV sets and state of the art modern video projection devices.

Following the critical and commercial success of their debut album last year and 18 months’ extensive touring across the world, Public Service Broadcasting are pleased to confirm the release of their eagerly anticipated second album, The Race For Space (February 23 2015 via Test Card Recordings).

Recorded at The Pool Studios and Abbey Road in London and, once again working with exclusive archive footage from the British Film Institute, the new record will tell the story of the American & Soviet space race from 1957 – 1972 via the duo’s eccentric mix of guitar-driven electronica, propulsive drumming and spoken word samples culled from this uniquely rich period of modern history.

The Race For Space follows Inform – Educate – Entertain, Public Service Broadcasting’s debut album which reached #21 in the UK album charts and was nominated for ‘Best Independent Album’ at the AIM Awards 2013, as well as being The Guardian’s Album of the Week and one of BBC 6Music’s Top 10 albums of 2013.

The new album will be supported by a global tour, starting in Australia and New Zealand, travelling on to SXSW and North America before returning to Europe. Additionally Public Service Broadcasting have been invited to be the sole support for Kaiser Chiefs on their upcoming arena tour early next year.

Debut album Inform - Educate – Entertain charted at #21 in the UK album chart. The album was nominated for an AIM award for Best Independent Album 2013 and the band were also nominated for Best Independent Breakthrough 2013.

Internationally, PSB have been promoting the album in some key markets have toured extensively in Europe & North America. Their showcase at CMJ in October 2013 was followed by SXSW in March 2014, enjoying a sell out show in New York plus successful dates across the US & Canada and high profile sessions with NPR, KCRW, KEXP & WFUV. They returned to headline tours in Europe, then spent a month supporting the Manic Street Preachers on their major European Tour in May 2014.

Glowing UK reviews for the album came in across the board from Q, Mojo, Time Out, The Independent, Guardian and many more, and radio playlisting at 6Music, XFM and many plays on R1, R2, Absolute and other national and regional stations have followed. International acclaim has come from the New York Times, Le Mouv, Brooklyn Vegan, Il Muccio & NPR – to name a few - and PSB have been on German TV (Arte), Dutch TV (2 Meter Sessions), as well as major national radio stations in Europe, with the addition of some major press features.

Live, the band played over 150 dates in 2013 and are on course for a similar number in 2014 with festival appearances including Glastonbury, Bestival, Green Man, Secret Garden Party, Festival No 6 and more. A successful festival appearance at WOMAD 2014 has led to bookings in Australia & NZ in March 2015. In the UK, PSB have played with the Rolling Stones and Arcade Fire at Hyde Park, New Order at Jodrell Bank and have also been invited to be main support to the Kaiser Chiefs on their UK Arena Tour in February 2015. 


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