- 18 Dec 17
Pugwash's Thomas Walsh is back with another gorgeous collection of sparkling guitar pop, Silverlake. He talks about the album’s creation and where he's going next.
Once you start Thomas Walsh off, Captain Pugwash himself, it’s very hard to get him to stop. Hot Press roused the man from his sleep with our early morning (crack of noon) phone call, and the rambling conversation that followed went on for an hour-and-a-half. The reason for the pow-wow is Pugwash album #7, Silverlake, yet another bright and shiny thing of beauty, with all the usual touchstones – E.L.O. The Beatles, The Beach Boys and XTC. Who am I leaving out? “There’s a huge dollop of people like Ray Davies and Michael Penn as well,” notes Thomas, “but you’re not wrong.”
The album is a collaboration with Walsh’s long time mate, Jason Falkner (Jellyfish, Beck, Air).
“Back in the ’90s, Jason was one of those American artists, like Michael Penn, that I just fell in love with,” reflects Thomas. “For me, his album with The Grays and his first solo album, Author Unknown, are two of the greatest records of the last 30 years. His phone number was passed to me years ago, and he ended up contributing to both Jollity and Eleven Modern Antiquities, so to do a whole record with him was always the dream. Once I knew this was going ahead, I wrote the whole thing in about six days. I play acoustic guitar, but Jason plays everything else. I wanted his stamp on it, his sound that is so well loved.”