PEOPLES OF THE UNIVERSE PLEASE ATTEND CAREFULLY – THE TRANSMISSION YOU ARE ABOUT TO RECEIVE IS VITAL TO THE FUTURE OF YOU ALL… AUDIO-TECH BRIT-BOFFINS PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING ARE: THE CORDUROY CLAD J WILLGOOSE ESQ (GUITAR, BANJO, OTHER STRINGED INSTRUMENTS, SAMPLES AND ELECTRONICS) AND THE TRUSTY WRIGGLESWORTH (DRUMS, PIANO / ELECTRONICS).
Combining soundscape grooves – seemingly influenced in equal measure by Krautrock, 1980s synth, DJ Shadow and the expansive sonics of Radiohead and Sigur Ros – with carefully chosen dialogue from historic public information films, the duo’s uniquely spellbinding sound offers something for the feet, the heart and the head.
“Teaching the lessons of the past through the music of the future,” runs a line from an early press release, perhaps with tongue in cheek though not entirely inaccurately. Singles ROYGBIV (pertaining to the invention of colour television), SPITFIRE and the exhilarating EVEREST (based on the 1953 film THE CONQUEST OF EVEREST, the story of the successful Hillary and Tensing ascent of the planet’s most famous mountain) received huge acclaim.
On the verge of scaling their own higher peaks, the pair are currently touring relatively intimate venues in advance of the release of debut album INFORM / EDUCATE / ENTERTAIN in May. In the afternoon of a recent show the duo talked about the inspiration behind their use of historic source materials, the technical difficulties of staging their mesmerising live performances, and what listeners can expect from their debut long-player… Chocks away…