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Public Service Broadcasting - FUV Live - 2014

by Alisa Ali

London-based Public Service Broadcasting is a bespectacled electronic duo who call themselves J. Willgoose Esq. and Wrigglesworth. Utilizing clips borrowed from archival propaganda movies, newsreels and educational films found in the British Film Institute and elsewhere, Public Service Broadcasting makes humorous, uplifting and resonant music that is mostly instrumental with spoken samples serving as vocals. Songs have a historic flourish, ranging from World War II ("Spitfire") to mountain expeditions ("Everest") to the advent of color televIsion ("ROYGBIV").

Wrigglesworth plays drums while J. Willgoose Esq. handles banjo, guitar, MIDI controllers and more. Their music is incredibly innovative, highly entertaining and translates to live performance in surprising ways, leaning on a multimedia presentation. In fact, the need to educate and entertain is a mission statement from the pair who titled their full-length debut Inform-Educate-Entertain. On the heels of their first headlining North American tour, Public Service Broadcasting recently stopped by Studio A to give us a taste of their unique musical mission.

[recorded: 3/3/14]

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Live in Studio A, 3.3.2014
Photo by Erica Talbott
Live in Studio A, 3.3.2014
Photo by Erica Talbott
Live in Studio A, 3.3.2014
Photo by Erica Talbott
Live in Studio A, 3.3.2014
Photo by Erica Talbott
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