Public Service Broadcasting (band)

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Public Service Broadcasting
Public Service Broadcasting at the National Space Centre (1).jpg
Public Service Broadcasting performing during their The Race for Space Tour in 2015.[a]
Background information
Origin London, England
Genres Alternative,[1] art rock, indie rock, electronica, dance-punk, krautrock[2]
Years active 2009–present
Labels Test Card Recordings, Believe Recordings, PIAS Recordings
  • J. Willgoose Esq.
  • Wrigglesworth
  • JF Abraham

Public Service Broadcasting are a London-based pseudonymous musical group consisting of J. Willgoose, Esq. on guitar, banjo, other stringed instruments, samplings and electronic musical instruments, Wrigglesworth on drums, piano and electronic musical instruments, and J F Abraham on flugelhorn, bass guitar, drums and assorted other instruments including a vibraslap.[3] The band have toured internationally and in 2015 they were announced as nominees in the Vanguard breakthrough category of the fourth annual Progressive Music Awards, staged by Prog magazine,[4] which they won.[5]


At first, the band consisted solely of Willgoose. He made his public debut at The Selkirk pub in Tooting, London, England in August 2009. Shortly afterwards he issued EP One. Teaming up with Wrigglesworth on drums the band played its first festival in September 2010, Aestival in Suffolk, and work began on a second EP, The War Room, which was released in May 2012. Since then, the band has released three albums, Inform-Educate-Entertain (2013); The Race for Space (2015); and Every Valley (2017). The Race for Space was supported by two shows at the National Space Centre in Leicester celebrating the album's launch. The album charted just outside the top 10 in 11th place in the UK in its release week and reaching Number 1 in the UK Independent Charts for that week. A follow up EP was released at the tail end of 2015 (Sputnik/Korolev) which was backed up by a UK tour, climaxing in the band's biggest headline show, a sold-out night at the O2 Brixton Academy, of which a live album was released in 2016. While writing The War Room the band formed a close relationship with the British Film Institute, using their material during live shows.[6]

On 10 March 2017, PSB unveiled a new single titled Progress featuring vocals from Tracyanne Campbell from Camera Obscura with photo shoots showing the band as a three-piece with new member JF Abraham featured on promotional photos. On March 20, 2017 it was revealed that the band are to release their 3rd studio album entitled Every Valley about the coal mining industry's rise and fall in the Welsh Valleys between the 1950s and 1980s. Every Valley was released on 7 July 2017, and, as with The Race for Space the band have two album launch concerts lined up, this time in Ebbw Vale where the LP was recorded.

Music style and live performances[edit]

The band plays instrumental music, with Willgoose noting that "singing is never going to work. I'm not going to be happy with it, I'm not going to be comfortable playing it to other people."[6] (However, Willgoose does sing on one track of the Every Valley album, because the intended vocalist was not available.) They take samples from old public information films, archive footage and propaganda material, attempting (with tongue firmly in cheek) to 'teach the lessons of the past through the music of the future'.[7]

For live shows the band are augmented by visuals expert Mr. B.





  • "ROYGBIV" — 5 March 2012 [16] which won the BBC Radio 6 Music Rebel Playlist.[17]
  • "Spitfire" — 26 March 2012 [18][19][20][21] which won the BBC Radio 6 Music Rebel Playlist.[22] The song sampled dialogue and sound from the 1942 film "The First of the Few", and the video incorporated footage from the same film.
  • "London Can Take It" — 13 August 2012 [23][24]
  • "Everest" — 12 November 2012 only for digital downloading. The song is based around The Conquest of Everest, a 1953 film charting Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay's first successful ascent of the mountain.[25]
  • "Signal 30" [26]
  • "Night Mail"[27]
  • "Elfstedentocht" (Record Store Day single; 11 November 2013)[28][29]
  • "Gagarin" - 1 December 2014 (first single of the album "The Race For Space")
  • "Go!" - 23 February 2015
  • "Sputnik/Korolev" - 20 November 2015 #4 UK Physical [30]
  • "Progress" - 10 March 2017 (first single of the band's third album) [31]
  • "They Gave Me a Lamp"
  • "People Will Always Need Coal"



  1. ^ In this view of the band, taken on 26 February 2015, during the launch event for The Race for Space, J. Willgoose Esq., who performs on guitar and electronics, is pictured at right, and Wrigglesworth is pictured on drums at left. Live member JF Abraham is pictured at center on bass guitar and electronics.


  1. ^ "Public Service Broadcasting". Apple. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Albums by Public Service Broadcasting: Discography, songs, biography, and listening guide - Rate Your Music
  3. ^ Lester, Paul (12 December 2012). "New band of the week: Public Service Broadcasting". 
  4. ^ Sherwin, Adam (25 June 2015). "Pink Floyd, Kate Bush, Public Service Broadcasting all nominated for Progressive Music Awards 2015". The Independent. Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Singer Steven Wilson crowned prog rock king". BBC News Online. 4 September 2015. Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Sheffield, Hazel (6 February 2014). "Public Service Broadcasting keep calm and carry on". The Guardian. 
  7. ^ "Public Service Broadcasting + guests". Picture House Hackney. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "The Race For Space / Remixes". Public Service Broadcasting. 3 May 2016. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
  9. ^ "PSB Live At Brixton – 2x LP/CD + DVD Release!". Public Service Broadcasting. 4 October 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2016. 
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  11. ^ "Public Service Broadcasting EP One page". MusicBrainz. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  12. ^ "Review: Public Service Broadcasting - The War Room EP". Spindle Magazine. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  13. ^ "MusicBrainz The War Room release page". MusicBrainz. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  14. ^ "Public Service Broadcasting are going to W*A*R!". Artrocker. Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  15. ^ "Today Mark's joined by J. Willgoose Esq from the very appropriately named band Public Service Broadcasting". BBC 6 Music programmes. Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  16. ^ "Public Service Broadcasting ROYGBIV page". MusicBrainz. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  17. ^ "Public Service Broadcasting win the BBC 6 Music Rebel Playlist!". Popular news. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  18. ^ "Public Service Broadcasting - Spitfire". Caffeine Nicotine. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  19. ^ "MusicBrainz Spitfire release page". MusicBrainz. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  20. ^ "Public Service Broadcasting - Spitfire video". New Musical Express. 
  21. ^ "J.Willgoose interviewed by Chris Hawkins about the making of the single Spitfire". BBC 6 Music programmes. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  22. ^ "Public Service Broadcasting win Rebel Playlist at 6 followed by an addition to the main daytime playlist!". Popular news. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  23. ^ "Public Service Broadcasting ‘London Can Take It’ video". Access All Areas Music. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  24. ^ "London Can Take It release page". MusicBrainz. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  25. ^ "Public Service Broadcasting - Everest". YouTube. 
  26. ^ "Single Announcement & Another Tour Poster". Public Service Broadcasting. 
  27. ^ "Night Mail". Banquet Records. Retrieved 8 May 2015. 
  28. ^ "Elfstedentocht Parts 1 & 2". Banquet Records. Retrieved 8 May 2015. 
  29. ^ "Elfstedentocht (Pt. 1 & 2) — Public Service Broadcasting". 11 November 2013. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
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