"At The Sea" ::: Irish Release July 31st on 1969 RECORDS :::
:::LIVE::: Whelans, Dublin ~ Album Launch (With Special Guest Neil Hannon)
PUGWASH and friends
Jollity
"This Could Be Good" Out March 3rd on 1969 Records
PUGWASH "Jollity"
PUGWASH "It's Nice To Be Nice"
Pugwash sign up with KARMIC HIT
 
 
 
 
 
PUGWASH
"At The Sea"
::: Irish Release July 31st on 1969 RECORDS :::

The Second Single from the Fab Album “Eleven Modern Antiquities”
www.pugwashtheband.com / www.myspace.com/11modernantiquities

LIVE Acoustic Show With Some Very Special Guests Whelans (Upstairs) June 22nd & 29th

Pugwash go to the sea

Pugwash release the second single from their critically “Eleven Modern Antiquities” on 31 July on 1969 Records. The track, a co write between main Pugster Thomas Walsh and the great Andy Partridge of XTC is a summery bouncing tune along with quirky kazoo and whistles and which will accompanying along with an incredible guitar solo from aforementioned Mr. Partridge.

The single is backed by a 1968 Idle Race track “On with the Show”. Anyone familiar with Mr. Walsh’ affinity with all things ELO will be aware of the Idle Race as Jeff Lynne’s first band and Pugwash have actually heard back from members of the original Idle Race line up complimenting them on their exquisite take on the track. Regular Pugster at this stage, Mr. Neil Hannon of Divine Comedy contributes keyboard and backing vocals also.

There is a homemade video showing its show up on You Tube and has been gathering some very positive feedback from Jeff Lynneites worldwide. A video for “At the Sea” will also see the light of day in the coming weeks.

On the live front, Pugwash will play upstairs in Whelan’s on Sunday 22 and 29 June before a downstairs show on Saturday 12 July which will surely be something anybody who did not manage to get Oxygen tickets will want to attend.

Tickets are available on WaV price 13 euro for the Sunday shows and 15 euro for the July 12 show.

After the incredible positive reviews and feedback on the album, the band have received interest from distributors both in the United States and Japan, so there are high hopes that Pugwash will at last be able to get a more general release to take them beyond cult favourites here and on the US West Coast. There is talk of a jaunt across the pond to LA in the late summer and there has been strong radio support over there already both in terms of plays and indeed requests for interviews with Thomas and the other lads.

“At the Sea” is available to download now on iTunes, at the cost of 99c (flake optional), and a limited number of cd singles will be available through the 1969 Record website (www.1969records.com) and at the July 12 show.

 
 
 
 

:::LIVE::: Whelans, Dublin ~ Album Launch
(With Special Guest Neil Hannon)
March 27th - Tickets: €15

"Eleven Modern Antiquities"
Out March 21, 2008 (Change of Date)on 1969 Records (RMG-Chart)
Features the Hit Single "TAKE ME AWAY"
Out Feb 27th, 2008 on 1969 Records (RMG-Chart)
www.myspace.com/11modernantiquities
www.pugwashtheband.com


The follow-up to the brilliant JOLLITY album, Pugwash release "Eleven Modern Antiquities"; their 4th album and 2nd on Irish independent label 1969 Records.


Irish Times THE TICKET Single Review
"Take Me Away" ****
We need some musical jollity to usher in the spring, and who better to provide it than Crumlin's answer to Lennon, McCartney, Wilson, Partridge and any other jangly giant you'd care to mention. This is the first single off their upcoming Eleven Modern Antiquities album, and it makes you realise that Oasis have been wasting everybody's time for the past 10 years. - Kevin Courtney


For Information / Interview requests / Promotional Copies contact Berube Communications on info@berubecommunications.com or phone 0872442695

PUGWASH NEWS - Song selected for Hollywood Soundtrack
The song "Anyone Who Asks", taken from the second Pugwash album "Almanac", will be featured in the upcoming Hollywood movie PRIDE AND GLORY starring Colin Farrell, Ed Norton, and Jon Voight. Influential radio presenter Nic Harcourt from Los Angeles station KCRW handpicked the track as the production's music supervisor. The movie will be released by New Line Cinema on March 14th. See the trailer here: www.prideandglorymovie.com

PUGWASH are: Thomas Walsh, Keith Farrell & Johnny Boyle.....plus various friends including Neil Hannon, Andy Partridge, Dave Gregory, The Section Quartet, Michael Penn, Jason Falkner, Eric Matthews, Nelson Bragg and MANY more.....

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.

Meantime Pugwash 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.

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 Rice.

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. After performing the album's first single on Ireland's premiere TV program THE LATE LATE SHOW, the album fast became the most succussful Pugwash album to date.There’s also the tiny matter of the first UK release of a Pugwash recording with Jollity hitting the shops on Oct. 31st.

In the run-up to Christmas 2006, Pugwash released Chrimble single "Tinsel and Marzipan" (In aid of Irish Epilepsy - Brainwave). The song featured Neil Hannon (Divine comedy), Dave Gregory (XTC), Eric Matthews plus a venerable plethora of local talent. The single charted in the Top 10 and Irish TV viewers grew well accustomed to seeing the band several times on the airwaves, including a memorable performance on RTE's Ryan Tubridy Show.

Early 2007 saw Thomas start writing the next album which was to become "Eleven Modern Antiquities"; the first songs to emerge were Song for you, Innervision and My Genius which is a 3-way co-write with Thomas, XTC's Andy Partridge and The Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon.


 
 
 
 

In Association with BRAINWAVE (www.epilepsy.ie) ...

PUGWASH and friends
Featuring Neil Hannon (The Divine Comedy), Mundy (Mundy), Dave Gregory (XTC), Eric Matthews (Cardinal & Eric Mathews), Graham Hopkins (Boss Volenti & Therapy?), and a school choir from the Blanch!
"Tinsel and Marzipan"
Out December 8th on 1969 Records ( www.1969records.com ) Distributed By Gael Linn

Released in time for the Christmas Season and for a good cause to boot! Proceeds will go to BRAINWAVE (www.epilepsy.ie). The perfect Holiday pop song from Ireland's favourite power nuggets with a little help from their friends. Also includes "Lullaby #1" from the pugtastic album JOLLITY, which featured the hit singles "It's Nice to Be Nice" and "This Could Be Could". Be merry and buy a copy of this single for everyone you know!

::: Check Out the New PUGWASH Website :::
www.pugwashtheband.com
For all you Myspacers: www.myspace.com/pugwalsh
 
 
 
 
PUGWASH
"Jollity"
Out Now on 1969 Records www.1969Records.com
Features the Singles
"It's Nice to Be Nice" & "This Could Be Good"


::: Check Out the New PUGWASH Website :::
www.pugwashtheband.com
For all you Myspacers: www.myspace.com/pugwalsh
PUGWASH hit the Road to continue their promotion of the Jollity album with a series of Irish dates :
Oct 9th - The Roisin Dubh, Galway (Free Show)
Oct 11th - Spirit Store, Dundalk (Free Show)
Oct 12th - Vicar Street– Brainwave Fundraiser- Dublin - www.myspace.com/brainstockdublin
Oct 13th - Hard Working Class Heroes Festival - The Hub - Dublin
Oct 20th - The Stables - Mullingar
Oct 27th - The Village - Dublin
 

THE BEGINNING
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.

Meantime Pugwash 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 Rice.

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…..!!!!!

 
 
 
 

www.pugwashtheband.com
www.myspace.com/pugwalsh
www.1969records.com

PUGWASH
"This Could Be Good"
Out March 3rd on 1969 Records

::: UPCOMING IRISH TOUR DATES BELOW :::



The second single to be released from the critically aclaimed album "Jollity", the 3rd album from Dublin-based Pugwash. "This Could Be Good" is the follow-up to "Nice to be Nice" which proved a HUGE hit with DJs across the land and beyond. The single will be available to buy on-line of course at http://www.1969records.com/. The single will be a 3 track affair with 2 un-released Pug-Songs.

Track 2 is the bands take on a Colin Hare (60's greats HONEYBUS and solo artist) little-known classic "To My Maker". Pugwash's Thomas Walsh has been a huge fan of this track ever since he bought Colin's amazing solo-album "March Hare" back in 1989. The album was originally released to an un-wanting and stupid public back in 1971 and comes unbelievably highly recomended by the band. If this 2006 version brings a few more fans to the altar of Mr.Hare then we here at Pug-Towers will be very happy!!

Track 3 is a bona-fide "Jollity" out-take. "Home To Me" was originally attempted AND recorded twice during the sessions for the album but for some reason it just didn't come up to the standard that was being set elsewhere on the record so it was shelved. When the track was resurected for the single the only things that were kept from the original sessions in Abbey Road - Studio2 were Thomas's vocal and some organ parts. The rest was recorded during the "To My Maker" sessions in late 2005. It's a small departure for The Pugs (not much) but you can come to your own conclusions when you hear it on March 3rd.....!

In March, PUGWASH will be heading out on the road for an Irish Tour
Mar 2 The Spirit Store, Dundalk
Mar 3 Cypress Avenue, Cork City
Mar 4 Cleeres's. Kilkenny
Mar 5 Dolans Warehouse (Upstairs), Limerick City.
Mar 11 The Stables, Mullingar
Mar 16 The Left Bank, Sligo.
Mar 18 Roisin Dubh, Galway
Mar 20 Whelans, Dublin City

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"Had Gerry Rafferty joined ELO we'd have had Pugwash 30 years
ago. It's been worth the wait."


John Shuttleworth.(500 Bus Stops, The Shuttleworth's).

*******************************************************

"Take a bus ride through the streets of Pugwash and you'll
jump off light headed ,with a bag full of melody and a smile for a
week. Pugwash are with us now, and long may they stay."


Sean O'Hagan. (The High Llamas).

*******************************************************

"If Thomas Walsh was English he'd be hailed as one of our
greatest pop songwriters. Pugwash? Better than McCartney, fatter
than Lennon."


Andy Partridge.(XTC).

*******************************************************

"I like Pugwash. I listen to them in my car. Great tunes that prove
they would have been better than most bands at Live 8."


Arthur Matthews. (Father Ted, Big Train).

*******************************************************

"Pugwash have more hooks than a Joy Division bassist's family
gathering. Play this!!"

Kevin Eldon. (Brass Eye, I'm Alan Partridge).

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"Pugwash's "Jollity" is the best British sounding record in years.
If Neil Hannon and Thomas Walsh are both from Ireland then I
guess I was born in the wrong place. Think of "Steely Dan", "XTC",
"ELO" and "Wings". Did I really get to play with these guys?"


Eric Matthews. (Cardinal, Solo).

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"Pugwash prove that great pop music is alive and well and living in
Dublin."

David Leaf. (Author, Director of Brian Wilson - The Story of Smile).

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"JOLLITY" is breathtakingly good!! "Poles Together" would make
Withnail deliver a Shakespere soliliquy in Regents Park.
"Nice To Be Nice" out-Maccas Macca for catchiness and if you don't
openly weep to I Want You Back In My Life (For Mam), then you
are a Dalek."

Paul Putner. (Little Britain, Look around You).

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PUGWASH – Jollity **** (4 stars)
‘’All is not lost as long as there is a band like Pugwash around. Here is a group of gifted musicians led by a songwriter of great panache and intelligence in Thomas Walsh.’’ - The Irish Independent -- 26/08/2005


PUGWASH – Jollity **** (4 stars)
"Packed with clearly signposted pop hooks that call to mind everything from High Llamas to XTC to the Lightning Seeds" - The Irish Times -- 16/09/2005

PUGWASH
"Jollity"

Out Sept 23rd on 1969 Records
www.pugwashtheband.com
www.1969records.com

 

Jollity has already received a 4 out 5 star review in the Irish Independent who also recently singled out Pugwash as being a cut above most bands on the current Irish scene.The band were invited by Ryan Tubridy for a live session on his RTE Radio 1 morning show at the end of August 2005, and their 3 songs received a great response. Tubridy called them ‘’the band of the summer’’ and has given great support. More television and radio appearances are scheduled this coming Autumn and you can catch Pugwash live soon at the following dates:

Date

Venue

Fri 16/09 The Trinity Rooms, Limerick
Sat 17/09 The Spirit Store, Dundalk (acoustic support to Couse & the Impossible)
Fri 23/09 Tower Records, Wicklow St. Dublin – ‘JOLLITY’ Release In-store
Tues 27/09 The Ruby Sessions, Doyle’s of College St. Dublin 2
Thurs 29/09 Crawdaddy, Harcourt St. Dublin 2 - ‘JOLLITY’ album launch!!
Sun 09/10 Cleere’s Theatre - Kilkenny
Fri 18/11 An Cruiscean Lan (Double-bill with Couse & the Impossible)

More dates to be announced soon for Cork, Galway, Belfast and many others.

 
 
 
 

Pugwash

"It's Nice To Be Nice"

The first single from the Upcoming Album "JOLLITY"

“Thomas Walsh and Pugwash could become the biggest Irish band of all time in the next few years.” - The Irish Independent

Pugwash is the vehicle for the exquisite song writing of Dubliner Thomas Walsh, championing the cause for honest-to-goodness melodic pop music. More than just another band, Pugwash have delivered two distinguished pop masterworks in the form of their albums, “Almond Tea” and “Almanac” the latter of which recently featured in the “Hot Press 100 Greatest Albums of all Time”.

“It’s Nice to be Nice” is a taste of Pugwash’s forthcoming album “Jollity” on 1969 Records Limited. “Jollity” will also feature a co-write with XTC front-man Andy Partridge as well as musical input from former XTC guitarist Dave Gregory and American power-pop legend Eric Matthews. The new album will also feature the strings of the lauded Los Angeles based Section Quartet, recorded at the hallowed Abbey Road, Studio 2 in London.

Notable musicians who have graced previous Pugwash recordings include Jason Falkner (ex-Jellyfish & collaborator of Air, Beck, Paul McCartney & Aimee Mann), Graham Hopkins (Halite and ex-Therapy?) and John Boyle (The Frames).

As a bonus on the new single “The Finer Things in Life” from the “Almond Tea” album and featured in the movie “Headrush” and “Monorail” from “Almanac” which reached number 2 on the listeners chart of Australians national station Triple J just over a year ago have also been included. Both of these songs will be included in the forthcoming UK compilation “Giddy” in summer of 2005 on A&E Records.

 
 
 
  In the wee small hours of six-pence Dublin Band Pugwash have secured a wonderful licensing deal with the highly acclaimed and award winning Australian label "KARMIC HIT"!! http://www.karmichit.com

The crux of the situation is that when our good friends at KH heard "ALMANAC"(Through the genius that is Mr. Frank Donnelly!!) they came over all wet and frenzied.....The Pugs have that effect on people.....SOMETIMES!! They immediately instigated proceedings to license "ALMANAC" only, but, after they also heard "ALMOND TEA" both parties agreed on a Single C.D Digi - pack formula consisting of 17 tracks (12 from Almanac & 5 from Almond Tea). The track listing has been finalised and will be posted shortly. The C.D will
also be en-hanced with the "Finer things in life" video (Directed by Enda O' Looney)and the whole package is being put together with unique and original artwork at the world famous "Studio 301" in Sydney!!!!! This studio has all original "Abbey Road" equipment as well as the very latest technology and is the second oldest studio in the world....Next To ABBEY ROAD!!
http://www.studio301.com/ The thing about all this is that the band have yet to put a name to this wonderful project and this is where YOU CAN COME IN....!!!!!

If you would like to submit a possible title or three for the project please send them to pugwalsh@yahoo.co.uk ....A title could be thought of tomorrow and the band have a right and a DUTY to tell you if your suggestion is Shite or not but give it a go anyway.......There will be a special PRIZE!!!!!!!!! Best of luck.
 
 
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