Recorded in Dublin s Exchequer Studios, the album offers a dozen slices of the kind of perfect pop people have come to expect from Thomas Walsh and his bandmates since their debut Almond Tea back in 1999. Co-produced by Walsh and guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Tosh Flood, The Olympus Sound sees Pugwash paying tribute to their impeccable influences yet staying true to their own very distinct vision of perfect pop - what emerges is the sound of a band clearly happy in their own skin. Tosh Flood toured with Thomas and the Divine Comedy s Neil Hannon in The Duckworth-Lewis Method during the annus mirabilis of 2009 when the seemingly bonkers idea of a concept album about cricket composed by two Irishmen at that grew legs and led to a Top 40 chart placing in the UK, dinner at the Long Room at Lord s and an Ivor Novello nomination. I arrived home late one night to find a letter from the States in the hall, Thomas recalls. I was a bit knackered and opened it kind of half-heartedly and then nearly dropped when I realised that it was actually from Jeff Lynne saying that he d heard I was a huge fan of his and telling me that he loved both Pugwash and the Duckworth-Lewis Method. I grew up worshipping ELO and to have their main man give me the thumbs-up out of the blue like that was absolutely brilliant. Any bit of tiredness that might have been creeping in to the recording work went right out the window after that, I can tell you. On The Olympus Sound you ll hear the sound of a band on top of their game and ready to provide the perfect soundtrack for the summer ahead. The weather may be rotten now, but at least we have the mighty Pugwash to bring us some melodic sunshine.