Tuesday 19 February 2013
Public Service Broadcasting - Signal 30
I've extolled the virtues of London duo Public Service Broadcasting for the best part of a year now, so I will just assume that you know that the group consists of J. Wilgoose Esq. and his drumming buddy Wrigglesworth, who use samples from old public information films to create new electronic-rock tracks. Their debut album is one of the most anticipated debut albums of 2013, and they are lining up their biggest UK tour to date to usher its arrival (including a date in Belfast in May). Before their album drops, they are releasing their latest single, one which has become something of a live favourite in recent months - "Signal 30".
The song takes its name and vocal samples from a 1959 American road safety film of the same name, as well as interpolating elements from other road safety films such as The Bottle and The Throttle and None For the Road. Somewhat surprisingly, the track is a straight-up rock track, one that wouldn't sound out of place on Queens of The Stone Age's "Songs For The Deaf" album. Ever since the release of "Spitfire", there has always been the feeling that Public Service Broadcasting were secret metalheads, and the release of "Signal 30" confirms that suspicion.
And if there's one thing that rock really needs, then it's a song that reminds people of the dangers of drink-driving. It's a lot more fun than the road safety campaigns used in Northern Ireland, that's for sure.
"Signal 30" will be released as a limited edition 7" vinyl on April 20th. Their debut album, "Inform - Educate - Entertain" follows on May 6th.