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HE BOWLED US OVER AS HALF OF THE DUCKWORTH LEWIS METHOD ... WELCOME TO THOMAS WALSH'S 'DAY JOB'. A SPLENDID TIME IS GUARANTEED
on 16 September 2009
Recently all over the airways and TV as one half of the acclaimed cricket loving duo The Duckworth Lewis Method (alongside Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon) this is Thomas Walsh's 'day job'. His band Pugwash have been crafting finely honed slices of Beatley/Beachboys goodness for nearly a decade now, but have yet to build their audience outside of Walsh's native Ireland.
Giddy cherry picks favourite tracks from the bands four albums to date and is released on Andy Partridge's (XTC) APE record label at the end of September. Previously only available as pricey imports the APE deal means that the rest of the world can finally catch up with Walsh and friends terrific music.
Think late period Beatles, Pet Sounds era Beachboys and XTC circa Oranges and Lemons/Skylarking and you won't go far wrong. Swirling opener 'Apples', the bouncy 'Nice To Be Nice' and 'Anyone Who Asks' are hook filled slices of prime jangle pop/rock whilst Noel Gallagher would kill to pen classic ballad 'The Finer Things In Life'.
But it's the quieter moments that really show off the songwriting class on show - 'Season Of Flowers & Leaves', 'Sunrise Sunset' and the wonderfully wry 'My Genius' offer more melody, erudite lyrics and fully realised arrangements than the likes of Oasis have managed in 15 years.
Add to the pop pot lashings of inventive vocal harmonies, humour, pathos, intelligence and giant choruses and you get the picture. Pugwash SHOULD be your new favourite band.