PLAY IT AGAIN SAM SIGNS PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING
London, 14th March 2017 – Play It Again Sam has announced a worldwide licensing deal with Public Service Broadcasting.
J. Willgoose, Esq., drummer Wrigglesworth – and now their bass player, keys and horns man extraordinaire, JF Abraham – will release their as-yet-untitled third album through Play It Again Sam and the [PIAS] worldwide network this summer.
Public Service Broadcasting first broke onto the scene in 2012 with ‘The War Room’ EP and lead single ‘Spitfire’. Their debut album ‘Inform – Educate – Entertain’ received widespread critical acclaim and appeared in many of the ‘Best of the Year’ lists. It was also nominated for a host of AIM awards and has now sold over 60k copies worldwide.
Their second LP ‘The Race for Space’ was released in 2015 and charted at #11 in the UK album charts and was one of the bestselling independent albums of that year. It has now sold over 90k copies worldwide and achieved silver status in the UK.
In 2016 the band released ‘The Race For Space / Remixes’ and ‘Live At Brixton’.
All recorded output to date has been self-released on their own label, Test Card Recordings.
Public Service Broadcasting have toured far and wide over the past few years, including a sold-out hometown show at London’s Brixton Academy in 2016 and multiple tours of North America, Australia, New Zealand & Europe alongside dates supporting the Manic Street Preachers, Editors & Kaiser Chiefs.
J. Willgoose, Esq. of Public Service Broadcasting, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be joining Play It Again Sam , a label with an incredible history and an equally exciting future. We’re really looking forward to working together on the upcoming album and seeing where it takes us. It’s a new and different chapter for us and I don’t think we could’ve chosen a better label to work with.”
David Manders, Liquid Management, added: “We’ve had some great success with Public Service Broadcasting and are very proud of achieving silver status in the UK through self-releasing ‘The Race For Space’. We have already put down some strong roots in several international territories, and, with a new album approaching, we felt this was the right time to grow our team further and partner with a wider network of experts internationally to help us expand on that success. [PIAS] are also a fiercely independent company and that sat well with the Public Service Broadcasting ethic”.
Peter Thompson, Managing Director of Play It Again Sam said, “When a band self-releases its own material, it is rarely the case that they do it all themselves. There’s usually other people in place, either a team of consultants or even a traditional record company working in the background. However, with Public Service Broadcasting they genuinely did it all themselves and what a success they made of it! So, it comes as a bit of a surprise (and lots of pleasure) that I find myself here gleefully announcing that PSB have signed to Play It Again Sam for a worldwide deal. There’s a lot of discussion about the role of the record company in the modern music business but it’s all about the people. If you have the right team and a love for a band why not work together with the artist and management and bring extra resource and experience to an already successful act. This is what we intend to do with PSB and it’s gonna be an exciting journey building on the bands current fan base and expanding it worldwide. Thanks to Public Service Broadcasting and their management team for giving us this opportunity.”
Play It Again Sam was part of a wave of influential labels that emerged during a fertile generation of European independents in the early eighties along with peers like Factory, Mute, Rough Trade and 4AD. It was initially known for being one of the drivers behind the emergence of EBM and Industrial music with artists like Front 242, Meat Beat Manifesto and The Young Gods.
The label later broadened its musical horizon with releases by artists including The Sound, Soulwax/2ManyDJ’s, Sigur Ros, Dinosaur Jr and Mogwai. Today Play It Again Sam is home to acts as diverse as Enter Shikari, Editors, Agnes Obel, Crystal Fighters, Ghostpoet and Keaton Henson.