Inform, educate, entertain: Public Service Broadcasting strictly abide by this ethos when writing their music, by taking samples from old public information, archive footage and propaganda material with the aim of ‘teaching the lessons of the past through the music of the future’.
Before tonight’s gig even started the crowd appeared mesmerised by the props and visuals that had been lavished on the stage. Vintage televisions and satellite dishes helped bring the bands mission statements to life. As they greeted the audience with hello’s in their trademark BBC English voices, it was clear that the button factory was about to be set alight.
Up first was London Can Take It and the audience rejoiced as the drums began to build and the banjo kicked in. The musicianship seemed so effortless, but every second was perfect. Accompanied with images from war time London, it was almost impossible to take your eyes off the stage. The duo’s casual dress made the gig even more intriguing, they looked like nerds but played like fully fledged rock stars.
Then it was straight into Signal 30. The opening guitars were laced with a metal essence, the splashy drums gave the songs extra volume and the roof almost lifted off the packed button factory. With yet more vintage imagery, the audience were in the palm of their hands. Next up was PSB, a song somewhat different to the others. Playful banjo came to the fore, with the duo’s stern demeanor briefly broken in a showing their own enjoyment.
Night Mail – another firm fan favourite – lent on explosive synth and pounding electric drums accompanied with images of vintage trains, leaving mega hit Spitfire to close the show, with catchy guitar riffs and pumping drums building to a climax.
Public Service Broadcasting certainly deserved the crowd and response they received. Their show was fast, energetic and entertaining throughout.