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The War Room

28 May 2012

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  Song Title
If War Should Come
London Can Take It
Dig for Victory
Waltz for George

Product details

  • Original Release Date: 28 May 2012
  • Label: Test Card Recordings
  • Copyright: (p) Test Card Recordings
  • Total Length: 17:41
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  • ASIN: B007ZCQQ8Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 896 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent 28 May 2012
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In the words of 'Artrocker'

Singles for the week starting 28 May!Public Service Broadcasting
The War Room EP
(Test Card Recordings)
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Here's something you don't get every day. Public Service Broadcasting have been granted access to British propaganda films from the World War 2 era, and they've sampled them, slapped echo on them, and whacked then in the middle of a digitally groovy post rock epic! Zoiks Scooby.
Luckily this two piece are smart and propulsive enough to give this idea legs. 'If War Should Come' shows off their dance chops, but also feeds emotionally off the narrative of the samples - as we're first told: "No one in this country wants war!" to a tentative and nervous build up, then blown away by a climactic guitar hailstorm, which pulls away to reveal the melancholy revelation; "I have to tell you now, this country is at war."
From here we're thrown into the atmosphere of the Blitz ("Soon the nightly battle of London will be on") to the broadly sci-fi breakbeats of 'London Can Take It', while 'Spitfire' feels almost like Orbital with glam rock hooks. Later, 'Waltz For George' depicts the weary soldiers staggering away from the beaches and boats from whence they fought. I'm not usually one for history lessons, but this EP is a dramatic juxtaposition - and it's genuinely moving. Propaganda or not, this has been a successful mission.
Cindy Suzuki
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stiff Upper Lip Krautrock? 6 Oct 2012
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Sounds like several overlapping strands of "Krautrock" (always hated that term) overlaid with British WW2 propaganda. I hear the influence of Harmonia - this is a very good thing! The juxtaposition works! Excellent stuff.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MORE PLEASE 20 Aug 2012
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Very different and a pleasure to listen to.

Reminds me of war of the worlds.
Shame its to short would love to listen to more.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The War Room - simply excellent!! 3 Jun 2012
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Totally agree with the previous reviewer - this EP is something a bit special, and takes atmospheric to a whole new dimension.

This is hard music to describe - there is definately a tip of the hat to some darker Pink Floyd, but with chord changes and rhythm more akin to The Verve, with an electronic twist similar to some songs from The XX, it's also almost like progressive house in some places. The WWII samples are really eerie, haunting voiceovers and the paradox of these voices from the past on very modern music works extremely well, and is a breath of fresh air in terms of originality and experimentation.

Stand out tracks for me are Spitfire and Dig for Victory - as the titles suggest, the whole EP has a War Theme. The song Spitfire starts off with the roar of a Merlin engine, which any Brit recognises becuase it is in their blood - there is a sample of a Spitfire Pilot talking to "Hunter Leader" on the radio, giving the position of approaching German Fighters, at the end he says "Can you see them, can you SEE them?! The tension and excitement of this exchange is palpable, and is greatly exentuated by a lift in key and increase in tempo right afterwards - just fantastic. Writing this does not do it justice - you have to listen to it, and you'll see what I mean

There is no doubt that this is an aquired (yet not too "far out" to be unaccesable) taste in music, but I personally have not heard anything of late that strikes such a chord. It's bizzarely really patriotic, yet some truly outstanding alternative music. I would definately, definately recommend this, and it will be interesting to see where the band go from here. As a debut, they have totally nailed it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars buy it 19 Jun 2012
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Public Service Brodcasting- The War Room
I highly recommend this to anyone who wants something a bit different- remember to buy the whole album, thats how albums work

favourite track is dig for victory or spitfire
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Already EP of the decade? 18 Jun 2012
By chris c
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A simply magnificent 5 track EP - if you go to the bands own website you can purchase the cd version as I did. It will be the best 3.50 you will ever spend on music for a long time. Stunning & original piece of artistry/ musicianship mixed with social comment and worthy tributes to freedom .(The mini album is movingly dedicated to band relative 26 yr old George Willgoose who died in WW2 ).

The most significant track 'Spitfire' sears and flows like the said aeroplane ; it swoops, arches and accelerates to quite astonishing guitars keyboards and percussion. And of course that brilliant BFI soundtrack voice over. Sensational stuff - as Messrs Gideon Coe, Radcliffe & Marconie already know .

Buy the album though and not just the single....all tracks are gems and some quite superb banjo and bass on the incredibly haunting 'Waltz for George' completes. He would be very proud of this I suspect.

As another reviewer correctly mentions its no Jubilesque/ Warmongering effort, quite the opposite. And makes me feel even gladder as a result . If you like the classic Propaganda (ironically from Dusseldorf ) album 'A Secret Wish' or some tuneful Joy Division like 'Transmission/Radio' you will also love this. Totally original .
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 6 Jun 2012
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I brought this after hearing them on 6Radio. I agree with the other reviewers have said but would also add that there is more than a passing glance to Life in a Bush of Ghosts by Byrne and Eno.

Would thoroughly recommend.
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Great timing released in 2012 London Olympics year,
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Published 2 months ago by M. Gribby
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great listen
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Published 4 months ago by Paul Birkin
5.0 out of 5 stars Short and sweet
I'll keep this review short and sweet, a bit like this, although short and magnificent would perhaps be a better heading for the album itself. From moment one this pulls you in. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
Ignore the 'nothing new here' brigade, how much of modern music is truly innovative?
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