Here I was, all set to talk about the new Daniel Lanois when this band with the goofy name — Pugwash — popped up on my radar. Pugwash being that weird bastard child we music writers like to talk about — you know, the “this meets that,” — and Pugwash is latter day XTC meets Jellyfish in more ways than one.
In one album, in addition to Pugwash’s own Thomas Walsh, we find friends from the sadly now defunct XTC, Andy Partridge and Dave Gregory, plus ex-Jellyfish Jason Falkner, and even Michael Penn, all in various supporting roles. If you know the names, you can imagine the sound – and it is lovely. This is poised to be one of the finest pop-rock albums of the year.
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