Pseudonymous London duo Public Service Broadcasting’s 2013 debut album Inform-Educate-Entertain was hailed for its originality and uplifting celebration of nostalgic British history with topics ranging from the assent of Everest to the creation of the Spitfire. However, questions were raised in regards to the longevity of such a project. Their second album, The Race For Space, allays any such fears.
The corduroy-clad J.Willgoose Esq. and Wrigglesworth sample old public information films, archive footage and propaganda material to fit around their own instrumentation and their sophomore record turned the spotlight on the US-Soviet space race – one of the most majestic periods in the history of mankind and a veritable smorgasbord of evocative film material.
Latest single “Go!” (released 27th April) focuses on the Apollo 11 mission, in particular those unsung heroes behind the lunar landing on July 20th 1969 at mission control. We’ve all heard the historic “one small step for man” spoke by Armstrong but the song features minimal clips of the astronauts themselves, instead using the song’s frantic tempo to convey the panic, trepidation yet excitement of the teams on the ground attempting to coordinate the descent that day.
The band’s album debuted at #11 in the UK and is available to buy now. They are currently out on tour across North America before heading back to Europe for more shows. Click here for dates.