Sunday, November 1, 2015

Pugwash - 2015-10-16 - Whelan's, Dublin, Ireland

Whelan’s Pub, Dublin, Ireland

Audience recording, very good quality
Mp3 @ 320 kbps

Pugwash is a wonderful power pop band from Ireland lead by songwriter-vocalist-multi-instrumentalist Thomas Walsh. They are known for their melodic, retro-styled songs and harmonies reminiscent of classic 60's and 70's pop, but also sporting a contemporary flair. Although they have been around since 1999 and have released six critically-acclaimed studio albums and various compilations over the years, they have been virtually unknown in the US (until quite recently). None of their earlier albums have been released in the US, but, finally, in 2014, a new record deal ensured US and worldwide releases. So, in 2014, a new compilation album (A Rose in a Garden of Weeds) was their first release in the US, followed by their first US tour. Then, this year, in September 2015, their latest album, Play This Intimately (As If Among Friends) was released (to much acclaim). For those not familiar with the band, their main influences include XTC, ELO, Jeff Lynne, The Kinks, The Beach Boys, and, of course, The Beatles. And they have collaborated and performed with artists such as XTC's Andy Partridge and Dave Gregory, Jason Falkner, Michael Penn, Neil Hannon (The Divine Comedy), and Ben Folds.  Here is a very recent show in their native Dublin that features several songs from the new album, as well as selections from their catalog in a fun and informal Pub setting. Check 'em out.

01 intro, tuning, stage nonsense
02 Kicking & Screaming
03 Kings & Queens
04 Keep Moving On
05 Hung Myself Out to Dry
06 Finer Things In Life
07 Apples
08 Be My Friend a While
09 Kids in America
10 There You Are
11 You Could Always Cry
12 selling albums from stage
13 Here
14 Answers On a Postcard
15 Anyone Who Asks
16 It's Nice to Be Nice
17 encore break
18 Take Me Away


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