Public Service Broadcasting November 2013

Public Service Broadcasting & The Little Kicks – The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen – 04/11/13

Public Service Broadcasting - The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen

First up are Aberdeen’s electro-pop-tastic The Little Kicks playing most of their new album (Put Your Love In Front Of Me, isn’t that just a brilliant title), their third along with past favourite Anti Work Song. I’ve seen TLK a number of times and it’s always a pleasant, glitch free experience and a nice start to the evening for the filling up dancefloor. I just hope that one day they finally manage to record `that one song` that will maybe escalate them to a national recognition, everyone that goes to the non big venue gigs in Aberdeen knows of The Little Kicks so it’s maybe time for the rest of the world to discover.

It’s the third time in Aberdeen for Public Service Broadcasting and the crowds continue to increase. If you’ve never heard of PSB before they are a trio who use archived film footage with audio and drums, keyboards, synths, guitars and no actual live vocals as you would expect. Between song banter is done by electronic samples of voices and its amusing, even once the novelty wears off.  Overall it’s an unusual concept but, for me, it definitely works. Having seen them twice already in the last few months I wasn’t surprised by anything I saw tonight, although they did air two of their newest tracks (in Dutch, funnily enough) and kept the crowd captivated till the end.

I cant help but wonder how good they would be in somewhere like the Music Hall where they can put up a MASSIVE screen so everyone can see the footage as I think it’s a very important part of their show, I’m guessing less than 10% of the crowd at the Lemon Tree got anything like a decent view of the screen. I don’t mean that to be a negative on another good night for PSB but I think it does have to be mentioned when talking about the event. Everest, London Can Take it and Spitfire remain my favourites for now.

The future. You may laugh but I have thoughts that they could do `themed tours`. The old black and white westerns we used to watch, Laurel and Hardy, the old Hammer horror films, even vintage World Cup tournaments. I’d imagine the licensing would scupper most of those ideas but for me fresh material, even performing along the same lines, would guarantee a healthy future for Public Service Broadcasting.

Still Burning.

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