Public Service Broadcasting - Inform-Educate-Entertain
Inform-Educate-Entertain is a real curiosity, honing a title which doubles up as the band's self-confessed mission statement. Following the release of their brilliant debut EP The War Room in 2012, Public Service Broadcasting have marched on to become the new experimental underdogs of post-rock. Armed with a live act strongly rooted in audio-visual spectacle and hook heavy sampling, PSB are able to capture the imagination as well as attention of audiences with their eccentric wartime appearance and visceral rock sound.
Having been given the key to the British news archive at the BFI, PSB have gone to work milking delightful earworms from the most po-faced of historical broadcast voices. ‘Night Mail’ could easily have been a synth driven Mogwai cut were it not for the stern reading of WH Auden’s poem of the same name trailing throughout the chorus: “This is the night mail crossing the border / Bringing the cheque and the postal order / Letters for the rich / Letters for the poor / To the shop at the corner and the girl next door”. The success of their sound is further cemented by frontman J.Willgoose Esquire’s punk-y riffs which reach an aggressive high on live favourite ‘Spitfire’. Though some may find it conceptually esoteric, PSB’s crazed union of history and pop music is a soaring success of the informative, the educational and the entertaining. Mission accomplished.