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Musical duo Public Service Broadcasting have a rather odd way of doing things. On-stage character donned by one of the two J. Willgoose Esq has previously expressed an extreme distaste in providing a vocal for their music, stating simply “singing is never going to work” to The Guardian. Not exactly your average band then. You see Public Service Broadcasting don’t rely on a singer in their music but instead channel their love of random samples using old documentaries, archived films, and propaganda clips to further their combination of guitar, banjo, and electronic touches. In fact the British Film Institute even allows them to play older material they have to work into their concerts. While many can find this unconventional their show seems to work more like an art installation than a traditional performance consisting of a list of songs, and a backing band.

Their latest album released on the 23rd of February this year is only the second and called ‘The Race For Space’, the title borrowed from the real race for space between the Americans and the Soviets between 1957 and 1972. Their first two gigs to promote the album were played at the National Space Centre in Leicester on the 26th and 27th of February, an appropriate place to kick off their alternative retell of this historical series of events. It performed considerably well commercially climbing to number 11 in the UK chart. Yet the real question is how will they fare at the O2 Academy in Bristol come the 23rd of April? Come along and see how our electro pioneers of historical throwback, it’s bound to be an intriguing watch.

Check out ‘London Can Take It’ right here: