Following the critical and commercial success of their debut album last year and 18 months’ extensive touring & festival appearances, Public Service Broadcasting are pleased to confirm the release of their eagerly anticipated second album, The Race For Space.
After touring USA/Aus/NZ/Canada, PSB will embark on a major UK tour in April / May – dates below. Before all of this, they will be playing 14 dates as the sole support to Kaiser Chiefs on their UK arena tour where they expect to play to 80k+ people around the country – dates below.
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.
“They blend the voices of the past with the music of the present to astounding effect” The Independent
“Genuinely original, innovating and amazing” Artrocker Album of the Month
“Inspirational stuff” Time Out
BBC6 Music: “Absolutely, sensationally brilliant” Top 10 Albums of 2013
"Adrenalised post-rock and electronics..gripping" 4* Mojo
"A sampladelic delight" 4* Independent on Sunday
"Brilliant" Q Magazine
"An extraordinary debut" The 405
"A truly exciting, original and innovative band" Loud & Quiet.
Live Dates: UK Tour dates:
22 APRIL Brighton Corn Exchange,
23 Bristol O2 Academy,
24 Portsmouth Pyramids,
25 Cambridge Corn Exchange,
28 Sheffield The Foundry,
29 Manchester Ritz,
30 Newcastle Riverside
1 MAY Inverness The Ironworks,
2 Glasgow O2 ABC
3 Belfast Mandela Hall,
5 Dublin Button Factory,
6 Birmingham The Institute,
7 London Roundhouse.
Taking in archive material from a variety of sources the new album sees the corduroy-clad J. Willgoose, Esq. and his faithful drumming companion, Wrigglesworth, continue their mission statement to Inform, Educate & Entertain. Through both the record and their uniquely spell-binding live audio-visual ‘Transmissions’, audiences witness the band weave samples from these films around live drums, guitar, banjo and electronics, creating an array of diverse tracks. What emerges is, by turns, thrilling, moving, funny and powerful. The Independent’s Simon Price said of the band : “In their love of history, and their understanding of the dignity of the wartime generation, they remind me of British Sea Power, although Stereolab are closer sonically. PSB are progressive without the florid ornamentation of Prog, dense and complex with not a semiquaver wasted. It's an industrious, diligent sound, and, in the flesh, surprisingly danceable: slamming chemical beats accompanied by old cine footage, providing a peculiar opportunity to party to Pathe news”