ONE of the most innovative bands around are turning their attentions to one of man’s greatest achievements for their second album.
Public Service Broadcasting, who build their music around samples from old information films, release The Race For Space, the follow-up to their critically-acclaimed debut, in February.
J. Willgoose, Esq (guitar, banjo, strings, samples and electronic instruments), and Wrigglesworth (drums, piano and electronic instruments) take sounds from old public information films, archive footage and propaganda material, and attempt to ‘teach the lessons of the past through the music of the future’.
Their first album, 2013’s Inform – Educate – Entertain, which used mainly wartime samples, reached No 21 in the UK, and hopes are high that the new one will surpass that.
Granted unique access to historically-important films by the British Film Institute, they will explore the period when the USA and USSR fought to gain the upper hand in a new frontier – space.
The duo will embark on a promotional UK tour, which includes a date at the Riverside in Newcastle on April 30. Tickets are £18.50 from the usual outlets.
PSB quickly developed a reputation as one of the most exciting live acts in the country, wowing audiences with appearances festivals including Glastonbury and Bestival.
They have also enjoyed support slots with The Rolling Stones and Arcade Fire at Hyde Park, toured Europe with Manic Street Preachers, and have an arena tour with Kaiser Chiefs early next year.
They have just released the video for Gagarin, the first single from the forthcoming album, which reveals a new side of the band.
“We wanted to surprise people, and show that there is a depth and breadth to our musical interests and influences that goes far beyond our first album”, said Willgoose.