‘They Gave Me A Lamp’feat. Haiku Salut PLAID REMIX They Gave Me A Lamp is available to stream/download HERE “I didn’t see any reason why I should
feat. Haiku Salut
is available to stream/download
“I didn’t see any reason why I shouldn’t be out there doing what I was doing, why I shouldn’t go picketing, why I shouldn’t be in the support group. I think a lot of women found their feet”, Christine Powell, They Gave Me A Lamp (ft Haiku Salut)
Focusing on the political awakening among the women’s support groups at the time of the South Wales mining strike between 1984-1985, They Gave Me A Lamp is the second single from Public Service Broadcasting’s new album Every Valley which recently entered the UK album charts at #4.
Speaking about the importance of covering the role of women’s group’s during the strike, J. Willgoose, Esq. explains:
“When I was doing the research for this album, one of the stories that leapt out at me most obviously was of the role of women’s support groups in the strike. It seemed like a genuine political awakening for a whole generation of women, who suddenly came to realise both their potential and the power they had to shape the society they were part of; I really wanted to try to do their movement justice.”
Plaid who provide this remix of They Gave Me A Lamp are electronic duo Andy Turner and Ed Handley. Long time signings to Warp Records, here they turn in a beautifully gentle reimagining of the song.
Shining a light not just on coal miners but the disenfranchised everywhere and set against a backdrop of industrial decline, Every Valley is a story of dignity and social responsibility. The record sees J. Willgoose, Esq. take us on a journey down the mineshafts of the South Wales valleys, with the stories found there a black mirror to the plight of workers everywhere. The miners’ stories have been transposed into a 21st Century of ‘fake news’, populist politics and a total disregard for the voiceless.
PSB will soon be embarking on a North American tour in September, in addition to their UK & European tours scheduled for October and November respectively. The band will be playing in eleven different cities in North America, including New York, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles, plus two shows in Mexico. Full details are on the band’s website.
Every Valley is available on
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