Public Service Broadcasting have released a brand new video for their upcoming single ‘Go!’ from their second album “The Race For Space”. The Race For Space 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.
“Go!” highlights the behind the scene events of the Apollo 11, the first moon landing mission and 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.
The band have latched onto something special, a truly brilliant idea to incorporate historic events into music. This is a band who takes the spotlight off themselves and shines it on events that changed the world.
“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.”
The Race For Space is groundbreaking in it’s own right. The duo’s hypnotic electronic pulse genuinely come into their own. The main difference between Public Service Broadcasting and some of their predecessors (Kraftwerk) is their apparent use of carefully manipulated vocal samples. The song develops an insistent, propulsive pulse that makes the repeated rhythms and riffs of the shimmering electronic keyboard and trance-like guitar all the more hypnotizing. The near 5-minute long track, feels almost momentary and transitory in form.
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”.
Go! is sure to become one of the band’s biggest singles and certainly the peak of the band’s achievements to date. “Go!” encapsulates the band and why they are important, all within one track. The video provides soundscapes equally as intriguing as the retro-future imagery. Within Go!, the roots of electro-funk, ambient, and synth pop are all evident. It’s a pioneering song even if it’s electronic trances and speech sampling might not hold the attention of all listeners. Public Service Broadcasting really capture the tension and excitement of the countdown of the ignition of Apollo 11. Here we have history in the making.