teach the lessons of the past through the music of the future
July 18, 2012 9:01 AM   Subscribe

Public Service Broadcasting are a British banjo and synth duo who construct music based on samples from public information and propaganda films. Their objective is to 'teach the lessons of the past through the music of the future'. Darlings of BBC Radio's 6Music they have just released their War Room EP constructed around archive wartime material from the BFI. Each track has an accompanying, excellently edited film on the Youtube posted by brilliantmistake (9 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
Perfect for watching Threads on mute!
posted by condour75 at 9:09 AM on July 18, 2012 [2 favorites]

Bought that EP so fast. (Full streaming and links to shops here.)

They remind me of Moon Wiring Club in all the right ways.
posted by beaucoupkevin at 9:19 AM on July 18, 2012 [1 favorite]

I'm going to have to start doing more gardening in a three-piece wool suit with a cigarrette hanging out of my mouth. Thanks PSB!
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 10:22 AM on July 18, 2012

I swear "Spitfire" was on my mefi swap compilation before this post!*

*It was. And one of these days I might even get around to putting the damn things in the mail.
posted by Sonny Jim at 10:27 AM on July 18, 2012

omg this is perfect.
posted by feckless at 10:32 AM on July 18, 2012

no really this is beautiful. my head is asplode.
posted by feckless at 10:38 AM on July 18, 2012

You lost me at "banjo".
posted by Decani at 11:15 AM on July 18, 2012

Banjo? Man, this is more reminiscent of Pink Floyd's war-themed material, though I'm only on Track 1 and 2 so far.

On the other side of the English Channel, WWII music might include Charlie and his Orchestra, though that stuff is 70 years older and was actually a propaganda effort headed by Goebbels.
posted by crapmatic at 11:32 AM on July 18, 2012


There is a bit more banjo live but it's pretty prominent in some tracks. Wikipedia says guitar, banjo, other stringed instruments, samplings and electronic instruments so that's probably a better description. Definite Pink Floyd-ness going on.
posted by brilliantmistake at 11:42 AM on July 18, 2012

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