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Public Service Broadcasting @ True North: 'They gave me a lamp'

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True North

Aberdeen Performing Arts presented Public Service Broadcasting and other acts performing at True North, a music festival that took place between 7th-10th September in venues across Aberdeen.
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Public Service Broadcasting (PSB) is the corduroy-clad brainchild of London-based J. Willgoose. Entertaining, Informative and educational, PSB’s spell-binding live transmissions see them weave samples from old public information films, archive footage and propaganda material around live drums, guitar, banjo and electronics: they beam our past back at us through vintage TV sets and state-of-the-art video projection devices.

After two years up in the stratosphere with the hugely successful ‘The Race For Space’, tracks from which featured frequently on the playlist for their Aberdeen performance, PSB are returning to Earth. On their new album 'Every Valley', we are taken on a journey down the mineshafts of the South Wales valleys. Although 'Every Valley' is the story of just one industry, the tales of a disenfranchised working class in this age of agitation and turmoil could not be more relevant. Although the concept is localised and historical, Willgoose hopes the story is "applicable to industries all over the western world and possibly beyond, in the way that the Industrial Revolution generated these communities that were so dependent on one particular industry. What happens to that community when you remove that industry from it? Where does that leave us now?"

I felt that the noise level in His Majesty's Theatre was oppressive, and the lack of leg-room, the heat and dry ice made the whole gig an uncomfortable experience.

'Every Valley' was the top selling album in indie record stores in July; it is #4 in the British charts at present.

All Directions Point To True North –
Review and Photography by Craig Chisholm.


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