Public Service Broadcasting, the brainchild of London-based J. Willgoose, Esq. who, along with his drumming companion Wrigglesworth and their bass player, keys and horns man extraordinaire, JFAbraham, is on a quest to inform, educate and entertain audiences around the globe.
Their third album ‘Every Valley’, Willgoose takes us on a journey down the mine shafts of South Wales valleys. However, the record is a metaphor for a much larger, global and social malaise, using the history of coal mining to shine a light on the disenfranchised. 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”.
The album features guest vocals from James Dean Bradfield (Manic Street Preachers), Derbyshire trio Haiku Salut, the award-winning Welsh singer Lisa Jên Brown and Camera Obscura’s Tracyanne Campbell on lead track ‘Progress’.Recorded at the Ebbw Vale Institute, South Wales.