I went to see Public Service Broadcasting at the National Space Centre in Leicester last night. I loved their first album but sophomore attempts can be more challenging. Not in this case, though.
They’ve taken a stand against people watching gigs through their mobile phone screens, and people posting video to youtube. Good. I took a few snaps on my camera, and Google Auto-Awesome produced these. I hope this doesn’t count as spoilers for those seeing the tour later in Spring.
If you haven’t heard them, “They take samples from old public information films, archive footage and propaganda material, attempting to ‘teach the lessons of the past through the music of the future'”. You need to hear it to get it, though. Here’s Sputnik, the stand-out track from the new album (and their set-opener last night):
“If you happen to have a space-themed outfit and would like to wear it then do, of course, feel free!” – these two were just in front of me and went for it. Love it.
PSB are linked inextricably with BBC 6 Music in my mind. They’ve given them so much support and airplay over the last few years. Let’s not do this, eh? The BBC has its faults but we created something great, which costs £14 per month. Please let’s not do this. True Public Service Broadcasting.