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The War Room EP

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“I get a bit frustrated when we’re asked questions about ‘nostalgia’,” says self-effacing Public Service Broadcasting director-general J.Willgoose, Esq. “The samples are archival, but the songs aren’t using antique music, at all. We’re bringing things from the past and framing them in new ... Read more in Amazon's Public Service Broadcasting Store

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  • Audio CD (13 Aug. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP
  • Label: Test Card Recordings
  • ASIN: B008I29ICS
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,065 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The debut CD release from Public Service Broadcasting - The War Room EP has Sold 14,000 + copies digital, CD & vinyl to date. Now re-released by Test Card Recordings via Cargo. Over 250,000 views on Youtube!! PSB's debut album Inform - Educate - Entertain debuted at #21 in UK album charts. Press hightlights 2013 Artrocker Album of the Month ***** // Guardian Album of the Week **** // Time Out Top Ten Albums of 2013 so far June 2013 // Mojo **** // Daily Express **** // Public Service Broadcasting repurpose old films to new effect, and it works beautifully...Artful and evocative Guardian // Absolutely essential listening. Artrocker // Adrenalised post-rock and electronics... Gripping. Mojo // Terrific GQ // Brilliant Q // An extraordinary debut...PSB may well be the UK's best new band. Your 2013 just won't be complete without them. The 405 // "They blend the voices of the past with the music of the present to astounding effect Independent // A truly exciting, original and innovative band Loud & Quiet // Genuinely original, innovating and amazing Artrocker Best Electro Act 2013 // Time Out s Top Tips for 2013: Inspirational stuff // John Kennedy XFM: Absolutely brilliant . The next single taken from the album, Theme From PSB (12 August), is their summery, banjo-infused calling card which will soundtrack a string of festival slots around the UK. These include headline shows at Secret Garden Party, End Of The Road & Wickerman, plus appearances at Glastonbury, Standon Calling, Green Man and many more. They are also set for two very high profile support slots, with the Rolling Stones at Hyde Park and New Order at Jodrell Bank. The Independent s Simon Price said of the band : In their love of history, and their understanding of the dignity of the wartime generation, they remind me of British Sea Power, although Stereolab are closer sonically. PSB are progressive without the florid ornamentation of Prog, dense and complex with not a semiquaver wasted. It's an industrious, diligent sound, and, in the flesh, surprisingly danceable: slamming chemical beats accompanied by old cine footage, providing a peculiar opportunity to party to Pathe news. Festival dates: 1 AUG Kendal Calling The Lake District, Kendal Calling, United Kingdom 2 AUG The Beatyard Dublin, The Beatyard , Ireland 7 AUG Forgotten Fields Festival Sussex, Forgotten Fields Festival, United Kingdom 8 AUG Northbound Festival Cumbria, Northbound Festival, United Kingdom 23 AUG Glanusk Green Man Festival , Glanusk, United Kingdom 4 SEP Lindesfarne Festival Northumberland, Lindesfarne Festival, United Kingdom 5 SEP Freedom Festival Hull, Freedom Festival, United Kingdom 6 SEP Together The People Festival Brighton, Together The People Festival, United Kingdom

Review

A monumental slab of tuneage --Mark Radcliffe, BBC 6Music<br \><br \>This duo are bringing the past up to date whilst sounding like they belong in 2012 -- Music Week --Music Week<br \><br \>This duo are bringing the past up to date whilst sounding like they belong in 2012 --Music Week

This duo are bringing the past up to date whilst sounding like they belong in 2012 --Music Week

This duo are bringing the past up to date whilst sounding like they belong in 2012 --Music Week

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By stockpie on 18 Jun. 2012
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By O. Thebault on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BaxterJS on 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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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ms. L. Cruickshank on 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)
* * * * *

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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By N. Gallacher on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Runmentionable on 8 Oct. 2012
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I'm with the reviewer consensus here: I bought this excellent EP after hearing tracks from it on 6 Records, I think the mix of samples from wartime movie soundtracks and modern music is clever, exciting and stirring, and I think "Spitfire" is the best track (though they're all good).

Also, like most other reviewers, it reminded me of other music, in this case (and particularly on "Spitfire"), the mighty Neu! What's interesting in reading all the reviews is how much different music comes to mind when a spread of people listen to the EP - and this is where the reviewer consensus falls apart. Got to be a good thing: if it wasn't obvious just from its immediate excellence, the fact it triggers such a spread of different associations in its audience confirms this is music of depth and richness as well as pure pleasure.

More, please, and soon!
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