After two years up in the stratosphere with the hugely successful The Race For Space, Public Service Broadcasting are returning to earth with new album, Every Valley, due to be released Friday 7th July 2017. With J. Willgoose, Esq. who has an established reputation for weaving forensic, historical research into evocative storytelling – this time taking us on a journey down the mineshafts of the South Wales valleys, and using the history of coal mining to shine a light on the disenfranchised. Every Valley is an examination of the history of coal mining in South Wales, and will be the band’s first release through independent label Play It Again Sam. It is a record about community, and what happens to an area when its lifeblood is ripped from it, and as much as anything, it is a metaphor for a much larger, global and social malaise.
J. Willgoose, Esq. explains: “I have no personal ties to mining, be it coal or otherwise, and I have no family links to the area, but something about the story drew me in. Perhaps the romanticism of the valleys and their geography attracted me to South Wales in particular. You can’t always explain these things, as I’ve learned. What’s certain in my mind is that this album isn’t just about mining, and isn’t just about Wales. It’s a story reflected in abandoned and neglected communities across the western world, and one which has led to the resurgence of a particularly malignant, cynical and calculating brand of politics”. Read more of J. Willgoose Esq. blog here.
To tie in with the theme of the album, PSB will be playing two gigs at the Ebbw Vale Institute in South Wales on Thursday the 8th and Friday the 9th of June 2017. The band used the venue’s former lecture hall to record the album in January of this year, making the institute the perfect place to give fans a taster of the record, a month before its official release. For tickets go to publicservicebroadcasting.net.