Public Service Broadcasting launch new video + The Race For Space out now‏

February 25, 2015


The Race For Space out now

Video for new single ‘Go!’ unveiled

Album launch shows at UK National Space Centre this week

“A multi-faceted – yet cohesive – creation that burnishes anew the golden age of space exploration” Mojo 4
“Out of this world” The Observer 4

“Make no bones about it, this is a beautiful record… just wonderful” Drowned in Sound 8/10
“A perfectly realised work of art” The Sun 4
“Richly entertaining, immersive and evocative, orchestrated with fastidious care and feeling” The Independent 4

“Rich and evocative…the sound of two young men gazing heavenwards and dreaming” Uncut 7/10
“Vibrates with poignancy and grandeur” Q
“A thrilling trip to the stars” Hot Press 9/10
“A rocket-fuelled silver screen roller coaster… PSB are pushing the boundaries of what rock music can be” DIY
“Atmospheric synths, crashing cymbals… an epic sci-fi score” Stereogum
“This is the pinnacle of what PSB are trying to achieve, by breathing new life into dusty old relics, and it makes for truly magical, exhilarating listening” The 405
“A euphoric musical journey” Shortlist Albums of 2015
“Kraftwerk-meets-Aphex Twin-meets-Daft Punk… suitable for a laser show at the local planetarium.” NPR
“Brilliantly executed” The Guardian

In the week that Public Service Broadcasting’s lauded second album The Race For Space is released the band unveil a brand new video for upcoming single ‘Go!’ (due May 11).

Watch the video for ‘Go!’ here.

Befitting the band’s studious nature, rather than focusing on the more obvious heroes of the lunar landings – the astronauts – the band turn their attention to the people in the control room, the scientists, engineers and experts, who played a crucial part in the success of the mission.

How people still doubt that the Apollo 11 mission landed on the moon, particularly with such compelling evidence as used in PSB’s current video is a mystery to J. Willgoose:
“I find it a particularly sad indictment of our species that arguably our greatest technological and spiritual achievement – leaving our own planet and walking on another celestial body – is viewed by the more cynical as a colossal waste of money or, worse, as the greatest hoax ever perpetuated.”

J. Willgoose, Esq. – the mastermind behind the record – often fields questions on how his songs come together. ‘Go!’ almost wrote itself, he says: “The first time I heard the call-outs and the replies, there was such excitement and frenetic-ness to it. It was obvious to me that this was going to be a fast-paced song and it was going to be called ‘Go!’” The finished result is a fiery and confident speed-trial of a track, with an infectious chorus and the most unlikely sing-along dialogue of the year, all counting down to the moon landing itself when Neil Armstrong utters the relief-filled words, “The Eagle has landed”.

The Race For Space is out now via Test Card Recordings and tells 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.

“With our album and our music we are attempting to translate into our own voices a celebration of that period, in the process communicating something of ourselves and our faith in the technological progress of our species, and it is on those terms that I’d hope our album is judged.”

Fresh from touring with Kaiser Chiefs, the band will play two launch shows at the National Space Centre, Leicester later this week – both of which sold out in under 24 hours – as well asthree in-store shows at UK record stores before heading around the world on an extensive tour. In the UK, they will blast off at Brighton’s Corn Exchange on 22 April before splashing down for a huge show at London’s Roundhouse on 7 May.

Order The Race For Space here.

UK & Ireland headline dates

25th Feb – Rough Trade, Nottingham
26th Feb – National Space Centre, Leicester Sold out
27th Feb – National Space Centre, Leicester Sold out

22nd April – Corn Exchange, Brighton Sold out
23rd April – O2 Academy, Bristol
24th April – Pyramids, Portsmouth
25th April – Corn Exchange, Cambridge
28th April – The Foundry, Sheffield
29th April – Ritz, Manchester
30th April – Riverside, Newcastle
1st May – The Ironworks, Inverness
2nd May – O2 ABC, Glasgow
3rd May – Mandela Hall, Belfast
5th May – Button Factory, Dublin
6th May – The Institute, Birmingham
7th May – Roundhouse, London

Tickets on sale here.

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