Words by Jordan Scott.
New York quartet Public Access TV are a band that are tipped to be the next big thing out of the city, with their fantastic debut album ‘Never Enough’ capturing the spirit of bands like The Strokes and the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s in the early 2000’s. As they prepare to release their second album, now’s the perfect time to acquaint yourself with the band if you haven’t already.
The music scene in New York has appeared to be dead and buried for a number of years. I’m sure there are underground bands that have been keeping the dream alive, but nothing that’s caught fire and made a noise here in the UK. However, in 2016 Public Access TV released their debut album ‘Never Enough’ that seemed to breathe some life into it. ‘They say the kids don’t like rock n’ roll anymore’ declares lead singer John Eatherly on one of their debuts stand out tracks ‘End Of An Era’ showing that they’re more than aware of the sad state of affairs in the industry, but they won’t acquiesce it. The album followed two of the bands previous EP releases, 2014’s ‘Rebounder’ and 2016’s ‘Public Access’.
‘Never Enough’ was full of instantly catchy melodies, slick guitars and all round great songs. The group have set the standard for the new generation of bands out of New York, and they are, alongside the likes of QTY, showing us that bands in that scene still exist and do what they do well. Other highlights on the record include ‘Evil Disco’ ‘In Love And Alone’ and ‘Sell You On A Lie’. ‘Never Enough’ see’s the band embrace the classic elements of New Wave/Indie, drawing comparisons to The Strokes, whilst carving out their own identity.
The band have released the first two singles off their upcoming album ‘Street Safari’, and they’ve delivered. Many bands stick with the same formula on their second albums (especially if it’s a winning one) however PATV have already began to explore new sounds. Their single ‘Lost In The Game’ includes elements of jazz and funk, and it’s insanely catchy. The band’s understanding of arrangements, melody and the diversity of their musicianship at this early stage of their career show’s they’re set for big things.
The band’s second album ‘Street Safari’ is set for release in February, and they are heading to the UK next month for a series of gigs that should not be missed. see their live dates below:
Dublin, Academy 2 – Tuesday 13th February
Glasgow, Broadcast – Wednesday 14th February
Newcastle, Underground- Thursday 15th February
Leeds, Brudenell Community Room- Friday 16th February
Manchester, Soup Kitchen – Saturday 17th February
Birmingham, Hare & Hounds- Sunday 18th February
Bristol, The Crofters Rights- Tuesday 20th February
Southampton, The Joiners – Wednesday 21st February
London, Oslo Hackney – Thursday 22nd February
Brighton, The Green Door Store – Saturday 24th February
Article by Jordan Scott, you can follow Jordan on twitter here.