SOMETHING rather special is coming to Stornoway as tonight sees the first island performance of Public Service Broadcasting – a musical/video collaboration on a quest to inform, educate and entertain audiences around the globe.
The Public Service Broadcasting band is the corduroy-clad brainchild of London-based musician J. Willgoose, Esq. and drumming companion Wrigglesworth.
PSB’s uniquely spell-binding live AV Transmissions see them weave samples from old public information films, archive footage and propaganda material around live drums, guitar, banjo and electronics as they teach the lessons of the past through the music of the future.
Beaming the past back at audiences through vintage TV sets and state of the art modern video projection devices, the band admit they’re used to the occasional odd look – but currently undertaking an extensive 46-date UK tour promoting début album ‘Inform-Educate-Entertain’, are receiving a warm welcome wherever they go.
Speaking to the Gazette from the banks of Loch Lomond, Willgoose Esq. said: “People sometimes do tend to zone out on the film footage and some forget there is even music going on, but others, I think musicians in particular, watch a lot of what’s going on with us as there is a fair bit of music there also.
“The split between video and music falls well down the middle and as neither of us are blessed with on-stage charisma, the video becomes the band’s front-man; albeit a reasonably well-behaved front-man,” he chuckled.
A feast for the eyes and a treat for the ears, Public Service Broadcasting are not to be missed when they perform at the Woodlands Centre, Lews Castle Grounds, Stornoway, tonight (Friday, May 3rd).
Doors open at 8pm and support comes from local acts Roddy Huggan & Friends, featuring Rod Morrison and Iain Mackinnon and new project from Naill Mason, Black Cub.