Focusing on the political awakening among the women’s support groups at the time of the South Wales mining strike between 1984-1985, ‘They Gave Me A Lamp’ is the new single from Public Service Broadcasting and the second to be taken from their upcoming album Every Valley.
Public Service Broadcasting (J. Willgoose, Esq. and Wrigglesworth) sample old public information films and archive material and set them to new music. Teaching the lessons of the past through the music of the future.
Released on 7th July, the track features instrumental, post–rock trio Haiku Salut. Listen to the new single now on the Shoot New Release Playlist!
Focusing on shining a light not just on coal miners but the disenfranchised everywhere and set against a backdrop of industrial decline, Every Valley is a story of dignity and social responsibility.
The record sees J. Willgoose, Esq. take us on a journey down the mineshafts of the South Wales valleys, with the stories found there a black mirror to the plight of workers everywhere. The miners’ stories have been transposed into a 21st Century of ‘fake news’, populist politics and a total disregard for the voiceless.
As well as the new single, Public Service Broadcasting can also reveal that they will be embarking on a North American tour in September, in addition to a European tour in November. The band will be playing in eleven different cities in North America, including New York, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles.
They’ll play thirteen different countries in Europe, playing a total of twenty shows. Full details are on the band’s website. ‘They Gave Me A Lamp’ is the follow up single to the BBC 6 Music A-Listed ‘Progress’ (ft Tracyanne Campbell).
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