Live Concert Photography: Public Service Broadcasting at the Space and Science Festival — Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum 9/20/18
Initially begun as the solo recording project of its founding member J. Willgoose, Esq. (guitar, banjo, stringed instruments, samplers, synths) back in 2009, the London-based instrumental prog rock act Public Service Broadcasting expanded to a duo with the addition of Wrigglesworth (drums, piano, electronic musical instruments) — and as a duo, they released an EP, 2012’s The War Room, and two full-length albums, 2013’s Inform-Educate-Entertain and 2015’s The Race for Space, which established their sound — expansive prog rock centered around sampled news programs, field recordings, found footage, old movies (particularly from the British Film Institute archives) and the like. The Race for Space, which thematically focused on the Space Race of the 1950s and 1960s may arguably be their most critically and commercially successful album — the album charted at #11 on the UK Independent Charts, before reaching #1 later that week.
The band’s third, full-length album, last year’s Every Valley found the band expanding to a trio with the addition of JF Abraham (lugelhorn, bass guitar, drums, vibraslap and others), while featuring guest vocals from Camera Obscura‘s Tracyanne Campbell, and thematically the album’s material focused on the coal mining industry’s rise and fall in the Welsh Valleys between the 1950s and 1980s.
Interestingly, earlier this year, the band was commissioned by the BBC to write and record four new pieces, based on the story of the RMS Titanic, which they debuted at BBC Music’s The Biggest Weekend. Of course, based on the London-based trio’s creative output, having them play a set of music primarily centered around The Race For Space at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, by the USS Enterprise to celebrate NASA’s 60th anniversary seemed perfectly fitting. Check out photos from the set below.