‘I believe in progress’. As statements go, it’s a pretty powerful one, and entirely suitable for Public Service Broadcasting. They are a band who have risen from eccentric, self-releasing, DIY outsiders to major festival mainstays and radio favourites in seemingly no time at all. With their new single ‘Progress’, set to impact on Friday 5th of May 2017, the single will be the latest tale in the ever-engrossing PSB story.

‘Progress’ is taken from the band’s upcoming third album (the subject of which remains a closely-guarded secret), and is the first PSB single to feature a guest vocal, with Tracyanne Campbell of Camera Obscura adding a new dimension to their music. Her keening, affecting and decidedly human performance combines and contrasts with samples hinting at a world of mechanisation and automation, as Kraftwerk-like vocoders, driving guitars, propulsive drums and melodic synths all fight for prominence in PSB’s brave new world.

Songwriter J. Willgoose, Esq., explains: “I think some people have thought – wrongly, in my eyes – that what we do is about nostalgia, when to me it’s about celebrating human achievements, innovation and resilience, even in the face of overwhelming odds. This song is an attempt to state that more explicitly, especially at a time when certain regressive elements seem determined to take us back to some non-existent, halcyon 1950s era. Progress will win in the end – it has to.

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