to XTC's Andy Partridge's APE Label
The Dubliners sign a 5 year deal for the U.S,
U.K, Europe and the Far East
Photos of the Signing on: http://www.pugwashtheband.com/news/pugwash-go-ape
One of Ireland's Best Albums of 2008,
"Eleven Modern Antiquities" available
on 1969 Records www.1969records.com
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AN IRISH AND ENGLISH SETTLEMENT…..
First off we would like to wish all our wonderful fans and friends
a very happy new year for 2009. Here’s to a memorable one.
Which leads us to our very special new year news which has been
promised for a while now (a 1000 apologies for the delay folks)
but because good things come to those who wait we are eXsTatiCally
proud to announce that Thomas, on behalf of Pugwash,
has inked a 5 year deal with Andy Partridge’s
label in England…..!!
HERE WE GO…..!!
The deal, which will incorporate all manner of poppy goodness could
never have been reached without the tireless work of Daragh
Bohan (on behalf of Thomas and 1969 Records) and Steve
Young (On behalf of Andy and APE). The undoubted communicative
and legal skills of these two men kept the deal afloat through some
rough seas last year and for that they should be applauded!!
DARAGH BOHAN & TOSH FLOOD…..
A little history now : The friendship between Thomas and Andy has
been a very strong one for a number of years now and initially,
musically, bore fruit on the 2005 Jollity album
closer Anchor, which also featured respected songwriter
and Pugwash band member of the time Duncan
Maitland on the song credits.
THOMAS & NEIL HANNON…..
At that time the first signs of a possible Pugwash/APE
link up were mooted and the negotiations got pretty far down the
Swindon Old Town hill…..but unfortunately, for reasons all
too…..RIGHT, the deal stalled. We say ‘right’
because the friendship and connection that Thomas and Andy have
now established was only forming back then and the feeling all around
was let’s wait a while. Come 2008 and Thomas and the band
release, what most fans and critics alike say is their greatest
album to date in "Eleven Modern Antiquities"
but Ireland still taps it’s feet whilst a baying U.S, Europe
and Far East all want to see the band play and buy the music.
NOW IT FEELS RIGHT…..!!
Thomas and Andy tentavtively re-opened negotiations in the late
summer of 2008 and as we’ve already said Daragh and Steve
got to work thrashing out a deal that would see Pugwash
proudly on the APE roster for the next 5 years
with the U.S, U.K, Europe and the Far East all the major targets
now as regards Pugwash releases. We couldn’t
be happier or more proud.
Then in seperate signing sessions Thomas and Andy put pen to paper.
The Dublin signing was done in the familiar and warm surroundings
of The Lower Deck public house on the banks of the royal canal,
Portobello. In attendance was Thomas and 1969 legend and label boss
Daragh Bohan. Also there in their capacity as witnesses to the deal
were close friends Tosh Flood and Neil Hannon. Andy’s signing
session was performed in his beautiful home in Swindon and memorialised
by his partner Erica.
ANDY IN SWISHBACK BROOMSTICK RHYTHM…..
And so…..as rubber faced animal slaughtering failed footballing
food warmer Gordon Ramsay would say – Pugwash/APE deal.....DONE!!
The very latest news we can bring you is that the
first release of The Pugs on APE will be a career spanning retrospective
entitled Giddy. The final track-listing (compiled
by Andy) will pull tracks from the long deleted and much sought
after "Almond Tea"…as served by
and Almanac albums, as well as 2005’s Jollity
and last years Eleven Modern Antiquities. The artwork
is being prepared at present and as soon as a possible release date
is scheduled you will of course be the first to know Pug-People!!
Andy has described Thomas in the past as a “saviour of modern
pop” and “Better than McCartney, fatter than Lennon”
(which we think must be up there with other classic Partsy-Quotes)
but Andy adopted a more serious head on his shoulders recently and
stated that Giddy runs “like a modern day
‘White Album’....”, which is undoubtably huge
praise, but hey…..we here at Pug Towers won’t contradict
the new boss, especially in these times of recession!! Thomas on
the other hand has been unable to function let alone speak since
the deal was finally…..FINALISED. But he has since blurted
out “Andy Partridge, songwriter of the God’s, bona-fide
100% cotton pickin’ life-long influence and role model to
me…..can someone pinch me, WITH A HAMMER.”
There is also plans to follow up Giddy
later in 2009 with a special release of "Eleven Modern
Antiquities" which will include new artwork (we’re
very proud of the original artwork but different artwork abroad
is a lifelong tradition and one that we’re excited about)
and possible very special bonus tracks…..all to come in ‘09.
~ Thomas Walsh / Pugwash (Jan. 2009)
Since releasing their
debut power-pop album in 1999, ‘Almond Tea’,
Pugwash, aka songwriter Thomas Walsh
and friends, has become an instant favourite of Irish and British music
critics alike, many of whom nominated ‘Almond Tea’
as their album of the year. The Hotpress rated it –
only 4 weeks after its release – as one of the Top 30
albums of the Millennium (actually #23, ahead of Suede,
Orbital and almost everybody else you’d care to name!) As a result,
Thomas Walsh has been singled out by many critics as
one of the most talented new songwriters to emerge on the Irish scene
in recent years.
played stand-out headline gigs throughout Ireland, in Dublin, Cork, Galway,
Waterford and Kerry, following on from a nationwide radio tour with additional
stops in Sligo, Limerick, Longford and Dundalk, receiving rave reviews
that echo fully the response of critics to the album. Support gigs included
high-profile appearances with Jason Falkner (ex-Jellyfish), Glen Tilbrook
(ex-Squeeze), Cotton Mather, and Martin Stephenson, amongst many others.
THE MIDDLE BIT
2001 saw Thomas
Walsh returning to the studio with his old mate Keith
Farrell, who had so successfully co-produced ‘Almond
Tea’, to begin work on Pugwash’s
“Difficult Second Album” (actually its working title!).
Working in a comfortable domestic set-up allowed these two play with the
toys, get in their friends and take their time to turn out a splendid
mix of songs, some old, some new, that demonstrate once again Walsh’s
strength in depth as a songwriter of classic pop.
The result, after
18 months, was ‘Almanac’. Following the radio
release of key track ‘Apples’ in April, the
album itself was released in Ireland on 21 June 2002. It became a cult
classic culminating in “Almanac” being voted
number 61 in the Hot Press top 100 Irish
albums of ALL-TIME, as voted by the top Irish musicians
of the past 30 years including U2, Van Morrison, Snow Patrol and Damien
THE HERE AND NOW and…..?
Most public and press
alike knew that the band had to step up to the plate, in more ways than
one, for the release of their third record….And By Jove They Did!!
Not only did 2003 see the release of “Earworm”
in Australia (An amalgam of the first two discs re-mastered at the famed
Studio 301 in Sydney and released on cult Church/John Kilbey label Karmic
Hit) it also saw the band return to the studio to record what eventually
became “Jollity”. A certain Mr. Daragh Bohan
had been involved in some of the legalities with the Karmic Hit deal down
under and he quickly became good friends with the band. As it was a life
long dream of music loving Mr. Bohan he quickly decided to nab The Pugs
and set up his very own label. Just the small matter of a name for this
venture…..? Well, Thomas had mentioned to Daragh that the working
title of the new album was “Estd.: 1969”. Heads were quickly
put together and eyebrows raised when it transpired that all the main
protagonists involved in the project had a close affinity to 1969. It
was agreed then…..1969 Records it was!!
2004 saw the band
recording in Dublin and Studio 2 at Abbey Road where the strings, which
had been scored by Dave Gregory (XTC), were then conducted by him. The
string quartet on the day were only famed session players and unique artists
in their own right, The Section (Jon Brion, James Blunt, Sean
Lennon, Kanye West, David Bowie to name but a very small few).
Further recording was completed by famed songwriter and brass and string
arranger Eric Matthews in Portland, Oregon – U.S.A.
September 2005 saw
“Jollity’s” release to a plethora of
amazing reviews for the album and sheer respectful plaudits for the amazing
level of quality of a label so new – THIS HAS FELT LIKE THE FIRST
RELEASE FROM PUGWASH. And in so many ways it is, yet
the band are very proud of their back catalogue and one which is a sleeping
giant amongst the struggling publishing game. All of which will be explored
thoroughly over the next 12 months. There’s also the tiny matter
of Jollity’s impending release in the U.K, a first for PUGWASH.
October 31st is the day for that celebration but plenty will be happening
in the run-up to that particular release so go nowhere and be prepared
– BE VERY PREPARED…..!!!!!