Taking inspiration from the title of the track and concept of their new record, Public Service Broadcasting’s new video for They Gave Me A Lamp reflects on the history of coal mining communities in the UK. The clip was shot in a retired mine, using archive footage of the communities that were built around the site.
Speaking about the video, directors Brain Wash explain: “The camera acts as a wandering spirit floating through darkness and light, as we capture a solemn but powerful performance building to a triumphant, hopeful crescendo”.
They Gave Me A Lamp addresses the political awakening among women’s support groups at the time of the South Wales mining strike between 1984-1985 and features instrumental, post–rock trio Haiku Salut.
Focusing on 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.
They Gave Me A Lamp is available to stream/download here
Watch the video here: