PICTUREHOUSE new single + London date in November

Following their recent triumphant anniversary show last month, PictureHouse have announced plans to release “Somebody Somewhere”, the lead track and from the 21st anniversary celebration album “How Can I Explain How This Came To Be?” on November 24th via Plane Groovy records

Amid the fanfare of reaching their 21st anniversary which included a letter of tribute from the Irish President Michael D Higgins, the band received video messages of support from a host of well known Irish faces including U2 frontman Bono. Massive accolades indeed.

A favourite in live sets, Somebody Somewhere is a song about keeping hope in even the most bleakest and darkest situations. The band first premiered this song in a prison in Dublin after being invited to play for selected inmates. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

The band play an intimate showcase in London’s The Islington on November 21st.

 

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PUGWASH announces new album ‘Silverlake’

PUGWASH
Silverlake

Release Date: 24th November 2017
Cat Nos.: LJX111LP / LJX111CD / LJX111D
Formats: LP/CD/DL

Click here to stream ‘The Perfect Summer’ the first single taken from the album

If Brit Awards were handed out to Best Kept Secrets or Lamentably Lost Legends, Pugwash wouldn’t be able to move under the weight of their gongs. In the 20 years since the Irish band was formed by Thomas Walsh – an ELO, XTC and Beach Boys nut from Drimnagh, south Dublin – their reputation has grown by stealth and they’ve caught the attention of almost all of Walsh’s musical heroes, but mainstream success has remained frustratingly, tantalisingly just out of reach.

Well if it’s ever going to happen, it’s now, with the release of their seventh studio album Silverlake. It’s not only Thomas’s best body of work to date, but an album which leaves you marvelling at how effortlessly he can conjure up so many heavenly pop gems after all these years.

“I still live in a small house with nine guitars, a Dansette, a telly and a fuckin’ mellotron,” says Walsh. “I collect records and live hand-to-mouth. We’ve made some great records but most of them have gone nowhere.”

Silverlake differs from recent Pugwash albums in one major respect: it’s essentially a collaboration between two men – Thomas and Jason Falkner. (The four-piece who recorded 2011’s Top 20 The Olympus Sound and 2015’s Play This Intimately (As If Among Friends) has now disbanded). As a former member of Jellyfish, respected solo artist, and musician, Falkner – who’s worked with everyone from Paul McCartney to Air – is another underrated artist with a hugely loyal international following. For fans of these two cult heroes (and there are plenty) this promised to be a dream ticket…and it delivers in droves.

Recorded in Falkner’s LA studio earlier this year, Thomas wrote all 11 songs, arranged them, and played acoustic guitar. Jason played everything else (except the strings), sang backing vocals and recorded/produced. The result is a classy pop-rock feast featuring Walsh’s endlessly hooky melodies and Falkner’s unmistakeable sonic footprint.

“I’ve known Jason for twenty years, so I rang him last Christmas and asked him what his next year was looking like,” Thomas reveals. “He said, ‘It’s fuckin’ full up, but if you’re saying to me we can make a record, I’ll make time.’ That was an amazing thing to hear. The minute I heard that I was hooked. I got excited again. Within a week I’d written all the songs.”

Opening with the irresistible single ‘The Perfect Summer’ and closing with the Beach Boys/ELO homage ‘Autarch’, Silverlake wears its collaborators’ passion for pop perfection on its sleeve which, at the very least, will consolidate Pugwash’s standing in the eyes of those Thomas most admires.

In 2006 Brian Wilson’s manager David Leaf emailed him out of the blue, mentioning Brian loved the band’s recent single ‘It’s Nice To Be Nice’. “Brian was coming to Dublin to play and wanted to meet me… meet me!!” Thomas recalls. “He came and I met Brian. He said ‘Hey! You’re the ‘Nice To Be Nice’ guy. I said ‘Yes’ and he just said, ‘Great song’!! I still think it was all a fantastic dream to honest.”

In the meantime, other “celebrity” admirers got in touch, including XTC’s Andy Partridge who briefly signed Pugwash to his Ape label and co-wrote several songs with Walsh (XTC’s Dave Gregory also played guitar on some of the band’s earlier recordings), The Divine Comedy’s Neil Hannon – with whom he made two best-selling Duckworth Lewis Method albums – and Jeff Lynne.

“I arrived home late one night after an Olympus Sound session, knackered, to find a letter from the States,” Thomas recalls. “I nearly dropped when I realised it was from Jeff Lynne. I grew up worshipping ELO – I could tell you how many hairs there are on Jeff Lynne’s arse. He’s my idol. It was such a beautiful letter in which he said a lot of really nice things about Pugwash. He also said… ‘and I really liked the cricket album (ie, the first Duckworth Lewis album), but I didn’t think it featured you enough.’ So I rang Neil straight away and said, ‘Neil, Jeff just sent me a fuckin’ letter. He’s slagging you and all in it, it’s brilliant!”

After two decades Thomas has little to prove. Despite certain disappointments, he’s received great acclaim from where it counts – his peers and equals, plus Ivor Novello, Choice Music Prize and Meteor Awards nominations, and two Top 40 albums (with The Duckworth Lewis Method). The only way is up!

As Thomas concludes: “Some people have suggested, ‘Oh why don’t you change the sound of your music?’ But… I love the sound of my records! They ask if I would try something different. I could, but you can’t go out there and make a record just to please other people.”

Chris Twomey

Silverlake by Pugwash will be released by British indie label Lojinx on November 24th, on heavyweight vinyl LP, CD & digital.  Lead single The Perfect Summer is out now on ice-cream swirl coloured 7″ vinyl and digital.

Upcoming live shows:

  • 4/12 – Cork Opera House (supporting Divine Comedy)
  • 5/12 – University Convert Hall, Limerick House (supporting Divine Comedy)
  • 6/12 – Millennium Forum, Derry (supporting Divine Comedy)
  • 7/12 – Ulster Hall, Belfast (supporting Divine Comedy)
  • 8/12 – Olympia Theatre, Dublin (supporting Divine Comedy)
  • 9/12 – Olympia Theatre, Dublin (supporting Divine Comedy)

SPARKS CELEBRATE RETURN TO UK TOP 10

Sparks celebrate their first UK Top 10 album in 43 years with Hippopotamus entering the Official UK Charts at Number 7. Hippopotamus becomes the second highest-charting UK album of the band’s career, behind 1974’s Number 4-peaking Kimono My House. In a recent interview with OfficialCharts.com, Sparks – Ron and Russell Mael – describe this week’s chart success as “frosting on the cake” to the positive reception the album has secured critically.

Currently on tour in Europe, the band have posted a video online in which they are clearly thrilled by the news:

Ron later said “We’re ecstatic that an album we felt was musically special has been so widely embraced by the U.K. public. Many thanks!” Speaking with the Official Charts Russell said “It’s amazing …we’re happy with the really positive reception that the album has gotten critically. The reviews are beyond our wildest dreams and people have been saying really positive things. It’s really satisfying that it’s reaching in that way.”

Since storming into the UK charts, minds and TV sets in 1974 with This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both of Us, Sparks have consistently created genre defying music and inspired – and continue to inspire and influence – generations of artists. Released on BMG, ‘Hippopotamus’ has been universally acclaimed with many critics declaring it to be one of the finest albums of the year and the pinnacle of the band’s career. Written, recorded and produced by Sparks ‘Hippopotamus’ is released on digital, CD, LP, picture disc and cassette formats

“the album is brilliant” 5 stars – The Times

“stuffed with short, literate, witty pop songs” 5 stars – Album Of The Week – The i

“‘Smarter and more satisfying than ever” 5 stars – Independent

“Sparks remain all about tomorrow” “[Hippopotamus] could lift them once more above the cult parapet” 5 stars – Record Collector

“a truly magnificent record” 9/10, Louder than War

“Fresh, inventive, quirky and instantly recognisable” 9/10 – Vive Le Rock

“Ron and Russell Mael at their arch-pop best” 4 stars – The Guardian

“emphatic show of Ron & Russell’s late-period genius” 4 stars – MOJO

“no end of delights” 8/10 – UNCUT

“brilliantly bonkers pop” 4 stars -Classic Pop

“Hippopotamus is, suitably, large” 4 stars – Daily Mirror

Listen / buy HERE: https://sparks.lnk.to/hippopotamusPR

Remaining tour dates

The Hippopotamus Tour Tickets on sale now

Saturday 16 Sep Ancienne Belgique, Brussels

Monday 18 Sep Waterfront, Norwich (sold out)

Tuesday 19 Sep The Boilershop, Newcastle (sold out)

Wednesday 20 Sep Queens Hall, Edinburgh (sold out)

Friday 22 Sep O2 Ritz, Manchester (sold out)

Saturday 23 Sep Rock City, Nottingham

Sunday 24 Sep O2 Institute 1, Birmingham

Tuesday 26 Sep 02 Academy, Bristol

Wednesday 27 Sep O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Thursday 28 Sep 02 Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Sunday 1 Oct La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris

Tuesday 10 Oct Le Poisson Rouge, New York

Wednesday 11 Oct Le Poisson Rouge, New York (sold out)
Saturday 14 Oct El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles
Sunday 15 Oct El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles
Tuesday 17 Oct El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles
Sunday 20 Oct The Chapel, San Francisco (Early Show) (sold out)
Sunday 20 Oct The Chapel, San Francisco (Late Show)

Tuesday 24 Oct Kinema Club, Tokyo
Wednesday 25 Oct Kinema Club, Tokyo

PictureHouse gig TONIGHT

PictureHouse perform at the National Concert Hall, Dublin tonight. They celebrate the 21st birthday of their debut album ‘Shine Box’, and they are kindly supporting and plugging the Nordoff Robbins charity, who’s Get Loud awareness day is also today.

50 gigs in a day

CATS IN SPACE have released a music video for ‘Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’

CATS IN SPACE have released a music video for ‘Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’. The song is taken from the band’s forthcoming album ‘Scarecrow‘ – the follow up to 2015’s ‘Too Many God‘, due out on August 25th, 2017 and a national tour is confirmed for September. The video can be viewed here:

With ten brand new songs, ‘Scarecrow’ will rock you into submission, but they will also bring a smile to your face. And, in this increasingly wicked world, there’s a lot to be said for that. On this follow up to their debut ‘Too Many Gods’, Cats In Space offer unashamed fun, channelling the finest riffs and melodies in musical history: but don’t think for a second that this is a novelty band. Their resolve is steely and their determination absolute. Don’t bet against them!

Cats In Space tour dates:

Sep 06: The Borderline, London
Sep 12: The Globe, Cardiff
Sep 13: The Borderline, London
Sep 15: Rock City Basement, Nottingham
Sep 16: O2 Academy 2, Birmingham
Sep 17: The Fleece, Bristol
Sep 19: The Haunt, Brighton
Sep 25: G2, Glasgow
Sep 26: O2 Academy 3, Manchester
Sep 27: The Borderline, London

Their exuberant 70s-inspired music may hark back to the glory days but, by delivering no-holds-barred live shows at full throttle across the country, their committed and sincere approach to blowing the roof off is finding a warm welcome. A guilty pleasure they may be, but Cats In Space are living the dream simply by willing it into existence. Fresh from wowing audiences on the Thunder tour, the band are ready, and hungry for more. With big summer dates confirmed, a slot at the huge Phil Collins Hyde Park Show is already under their belt, and an appearance at Cropredy is coming [plus big news later in the year] these Cats are ready to get everyone in a flap. And, yes, those harmonies are all done live! Cats In Space are steering well clear of the litter tray, and they’re on the launch pad, ready for ignition. Get ready for some deep impact!

Cats In SpaceThe Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’ is available for pre-order in the following formats from: www.catsinspace.tmstor.es

  • Digipack CD
    • 180g Gatefold Vinyl
    • Cassette

Along with several bundled items, including:

• Exclusive Scarecrow Tee
• Signed CIS Band Photo
• Exclusive Premium Scarecrow Artwork Print

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DOWLING POOLE UK shows in Sep

Our only three shows of 2017 are getting nearer….

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Well there’s no point in avoiding it, we’ve been quiet for a couple of months. Jon and Willie have been either recording, or across the world with our favourite man of medicine, Dr Hook, (his name is Dennis Locorriere and ye shall praise him) and Givvi has been back in her threadbare, mildew infested, concrete bedsit, crying her eyes out and wondering quite where it all went so wrong….

So there’s a new acoustic video for you to gasp at, up on Facebook….

And here are the ticket links to our only three shows of 2017. Cheaper if you get them in advance…..

September 7th – Worcester, The Marrs Bar (ticket link here)
September 8th – Bedford, Esquires@Holy Moly’s (ticket link here)
September 9th – London, The Borderline (ticket link here)

Get them now to avoid any disappointment….mostly ours of course.
Our happiness is balanced precariously in your hands.
And we’ll pray to all that is not in the least bit holy, just to see you there

Willie, Jon and Givvi

PictureHouse to release summer hit “Sunburst” this July

PictureHouse have announced plans to release their smash hit single “Sunburst” internationally on their PHRC label in the summer of 2017.

For two years in a row this summer song was the most played song on Irish radio, used in a national TV advertising campaign for a major retailer and was used in the soundtrack to a film. It propelled the band to stardom and brought them on tours with the likes of The Corrs, Meatloaf, The Divine Comedy, Mel C from Spice Girls, Texas, Ronan Keating, their own tours and festivals which saw them headline Dublin’s Big Day Out in Marley Park to 35,000 people.

A dispute with their then record company ultimately contributed to the band breaking up, meaning the track never got released properly in the UK. They reformed, releasing 2014’s “Evolution” (which spawned the hit single “Rules of Science” which was playlisted on BBC Radio 2 as well as countless other stations across Europe.)

PictureHouse have now digitally remastered a number of their songs in a package that’s not meant to be a greatest hits – but instead be a “best bits” including some previously unreleased material. The record is called “How Can I Explain How This Came To Be?” and is due for release in August 2017. More details to follow.

The band hope to confirm a tour in Winter 2017.