Review: Public Service Broadcasting - Signal 30
Public Service Broadcasting's new single seems to have come from a bizarre influence.
The name Signal 30 is taken from an American road safety film made in 1959. It is notorious for its graphic content. A grisly and shocking little film, I’m sure. I’m not particularly keen on snuff films. I have fallen foul to that type of viewing before. Curiosity certainly did kill the cat and has left me in states I’d rather not be in.
Thus, some audio is taken from the film along with other public service films of the time. I do love hearing old stock audio in songs. Here we are driven through course guitar music with the audio dipping in and out. Does this glorify the content of the original? Does it take over the song itself? Would you want your death to be on camera? Serious issuesâ€¦
Perhaps the song, like the film, will make people realise how important safety is on the roads. There will always be some buffoon who should not be allowed anywhere near the wheel. Perhaps I’m being too harsh. Could this become a beacon for safe driving? To be shocked is to be persuaded.
The songs makes you feel like you are in a car with a maniac at the wheel. Will you survive or will death approach? With people shouting and muttering in the audio, they are of sorts, the other drivers who are hurling abuse at you in an attempt to get you off the road, by any means necessary.
Are you in for the ride or are you the pedestrian who shakes his head in disbelief at the hurtling car that you have just seen fly by?
Public Service Broadcasting play Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff on Thursday 23rd May 2013 and their debut album, Inform - Educate - Entertain is out on Monday 6th May 2013