15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 29 September 2013
Saw PSB supporting the Manic Street Preachers at The Ritz, Manchester last week. Excellent musicianship and interesting sound, they also went down pretty well with a hardcore Manics crowd. I like this sort of stuff though, it reminds me of Stereolab crossed with Fluke. My wife hated it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 6 January 2015
This sampling under music has been done before by Colourbox, over 30 years ago.Try 'Just Give 'em Whiskey'. PSB are very good , but not unique.
Come to think of it, Colourbox would have got the idea from Byrne & Eno's 'My Life in the Bush of Ghosts' LP, which was groundbreaking,and MUCH more out there than PSB (or Colourbox).
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 15 August 2013
I love this album. Indie guitar over that classic voiceover of the people who did the public service announcements.
Best track for me is Spitfire, the story of the world war two fighter plane over 3 minutes or so of spoken word and music.
On constantly in the car, please buy this album, I am sure it will not disappoint.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 July 2013
On paper, an album of electronically tinged indie-rock instrumental tracks with 1930s, 40s, and 50s samples sounds like it be more cerebral than emotional, but there's something about Inform Educate Entertain that gets under the skin. In other hands, the mostly male, Received Pronunciation samples that PSB use might be deployed ironically, or edited in ways that turn the words against their speakers; but here we're given what feel like generous portions, and nothing ostentatiously sneaky in the editing, so the whole work embodies a nostalgia for an era of 1930s-1950s idealism, national collective consciousness, and -- of course -- public service. Of course you can't help being aware that the power was being wielded by public-school- and grammar-school-educated white middle class men -- there are no regional accents here -- and that it wasn't a bed of roses, so the feeling isn't uncomplicated, but there is feeling here.
I first got into PSB after hearing the Spitfire track on Soundcloud, I quickly snapped up the War Room EP, a five tracker based on WW II, a pretty big ask for an EP but War Room dealt with it with aplomb.
So, Inform, Educate, Entertain arrives with a lot of expectations. Does it meet these? Well, yes and no. Let me explain.
Taken individually there are some very strong tracks on this album, Lit Up and Everest really stand-out but there are no real weak tracks in there.
What doesn't work so well is that the tracks don't really work as a sequence, they hang on their own individually but as a complete listen they don't seem to sequence strongly.
The nearest comparison I can make is some photo books, Stephen Shore's American Surfaces for example, the shots need to be sampled as an entire sequence from start to finish, one does not simply gaze at one or two photos, the concept and intention can only be grasped by going from start to finish and absorbing the sequence.
This album tracks don't hang well together, they seem thrown in there at random.
I think, in hindsight, the concept behind War Room was much stronger as it showed a logical progression through the tracks and one felt as if the whole was something bigger than the parts. Not so with Inform, Educate, Entertain, the whole is the sum of the parts and one can't but help feel slightly cheated.
Good but I would recommend the War Room over this.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 March 2015
Came to hear Public Service Broadcasting only recently but just love their music. Seems like a cross between OMD (especially their album Dazzle Ships with similar vocal inserts in their tracks), New Order and other great electro bands of the 80's, only now brought bang up to date for the 21st century. a great duo with some wonderful writing. And if you like this (i did immensely), you must hear their newest album 'Race for Space'
on 31 July 2013
I have to say, for a person like myself, who looks for new and exciting music, representing themselves and NOT the commercial massed produced rubbish that consumes the charts nowadays, I really like this.
People have kind of placed their music next to Lemon Jelly (a group I highly rate), and I agree to some extent, with it's electronic, Left field ambient breaks, it is kind of similar to them, but that's all!
This group is very much their own thing, using video & Audio samples from the BFI, amalgamated with their own musical talent's, have produced something quite unique.
I have since bought a ticket to see them in Southampton, on the last night of their tour, and I'm really hoping that it will be a really great night?
One thing I do hope for these two guy's, is that they use their great heads and look at doing something new, for them!
They have the talent, so lets hope they carry on being themselves and re-inventing their style, producing awesome & fresh music....
RESPECT PSB, & SEE YOU IN NOVEMBER!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 May 2014
in the same genre as Lemon Jelly, very good music with sampled narratives over the top, bloody good sounds, go buy.
on 23 July 2013
I became aware of PSB on Radio 6, I'd previously brought the War Room EP from Amazon and eagerly awaited the album. I also saw these guys in concert at Sound Control in Manchester. Seeing them live is a different experience to listening to them, as they use a lot of visual equipment with the public information films of years ago, which form the basis of the tunes on the album. But they also play instruments live, particularly drums and guitars and banjo. So although the album is based on samples, there is still room for real music. Its well put together and despite the visuals in the show, the album is a force all of its own.
on 3 December 2013
OK, first heard Spitfire Bird at a pub quiz, didn't what the hell it was but Sound Hound is a great tool. Bought The War Room on the back of that (thoroughly recommended too) and then IEE. Seriously great original music and what was even more awaesome was watching them perform these tracks down at The Brook in Southampton last week. Not going to try to describe what they do, listen to the sample tracks, I think that you'll know whether you're going to like them or not. Only thing I would add is, if you think you might like them - you definitely will! Enjoy!