A Unique Live Experience with Public Service BroadcastingApril 8th, 2015
A Public Service Broadcasting show is a unique live performance. With music, spoken word and live audio-visual effects, multi-instrumentalist J. Willgoose Esq. and drummer Wrigglesworth combine their own krautrock riffs, drums, banjo and electronics with archival audio clips and film footage mined from the British Film Institute. Their first full-length, Inform-Educate-Entertain (stream it below), came out to some acclaim three years ago. And earlier this winter, Public Service Broadcasting (above, doing “London Can Take It” for KEXP FM), put out their follow-up effort, The Race for Space (stream it below), a retelling of the space race with the Soviet Union. Per British GQ, “The Race for Space is an album that really takes you somewhere (no prizes for guessing where), and when you’re back on Earth as the final track fades away, you’ll be desperate to listen again…. It’s an unexpectedly magnificent record, at once totally contemporary, and yet in thrall to the events of the past.” Public Service Broadcasting play The Bowery Ballroom on Friday night. Los Angeles electronic outfit Kauf open the show.