Public Service Broadcasting – People Will Always Need Coal

Since a few years Public Service Broadcasting is one of my favourite bands. As you’ll understand from this, I’m very much looking forward to their new long player (or collection of tracks, if you will) Every Valley, to be released on 7 July.

After they explored themes like the Second World War and the space race, and put out a brilliant live recording, PSB’s third album is a concept piece about the rise and fall of the South Wales coal industry. One of the featured tracks is Progress, which features Tracyanne Campbell, the singer of Scottish indie pop band Camera Obscura. Elsewhere, Manic Street Preachers’ James Dean Bradfield lends his voice to the track Turn No More.

As always, PSB incorporate humour in their music. People Will Always Need Coal, for instance, begins with a genuine recruitment advert from the 1970s, depicting an absurdly glamorous vision of life as a miner, followed by an authoritative voice assuring the listener that there is enough coal to last another 400 years. A track that slowly builds to a grand final with a great drive.

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