Astral Drive‘s self titled album, and new video, is out now! Astral Drive is songwriter and producer Phil Thornalley’s vision of a long lost album from the 1970s, that only existed in his own mind. A labour of love that is very much the statement of a lifelong music fan living in the modern world.
He may not be a household name but many of the records he’s made with artists as diverse as The Cure, XTC, Psychedelic Furs, The Jam, Duran Duran, Paul McCartney, and Natalie Imbruglia (he produced and co-wrote her worldwide smash “Torn”) certainly hold a special place in the hearts and ears of millions.
Astral Drive features guest contributions from Utopia’s Kasim Sulton, drummer Mickey Curry, keyboardist Gary Breit, and guitarist Keith Scott, with portrait photography by Bryan Adams.
As Phil says, “If you like trippy melodic rock with soulful harmony vocals and positive lyrics, step into the warm and welcoming sunshine of Astral Drive. Just don’t forget your space suit“.
Astral Drive is out now on Lojinx CD and digital: Amazon | iTunes | Spotify | Lojinx direct
Summer of ’76 video credits:
Director: Ollie Rillands
Producer: David Smith
Production Company: Shapeshifter Films
Lead Male Actor: Daniel Watson
Lead Female Actor: Lucy Marie Curry
Older Male Actor: John Watson
Directed by Caitlin Craggs, the latest Dial-A-Song video from They Might Be Giants is taken from the new album “I Like Fun“.
hats off to the things you don’t say
so what’s up with the side eye?
spent so long trying to get along trying to please you
trying to tease out all the details
from the sad straight notions that just all seem wrong
I defy interpretation
I am not participating in it
pick on someone else your own size
go prey on some stranger passing by
hats off to the things you don’t say
so what’s up with the side eye?
my sad minds searching overtime for a reason
you suspiciously incorporate some far-fetched fiction
you find so sublime but it’s too late to reject
and it’s an insult to the fact checkers
David Myhr has revealed the details of bonus tracks included on the CD version of his new album Lucky Day. CD listeners have been surprised to find FOUR exclusive tracks at the end of the album:
- “Military Madness”, originally by Graham Nash,
- ““My Messed Up Friend”, originally by Lucky Day album co-producer Brad Jones,
- “Somewhere In My Heart”, originally by Aztec Camera,
- “Spellbound” the original recording, featured in the 2016 Swedish feature film “Flykten till Framtiden” (“My Future Love”)
Lucky Day is out now no Lojinx CD, digital and 180g vinyl LP.
If only there were some way to shut out all this noise in my head
Oh wait there already is, it’s called McCafferty’s Bib
Lojinx is thrilled to welcome Astral Drive and introduce to you the first single “Summer of ’76”.
From the upcoming self-titled album on Lojinx, Astral Drive is songwriter and producer Phil Thornalley’s vision of a long lost album from the 1970s that only existed in his own mind. A labour of love that is very much the statement of a lifelong music fan living in the modern world.
The self-titled Astral Drive album will be released on the 6th of July and is available for pre-order now.
Pugwash‘s “What Are You Like” features in the latest episode of US TV show “Famous In Love”. Check out their episode playlist here.
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical Nominated For ‘Best Original Score’ TONY Award, Which Includes TMBG Song “I’m Not A Loser”
“By The Time You Get This” Video, from “I Like Fun”, Out Today
Brooklyn’s alternative rock heroes They Might Be Giants remain prolific as ever 35 years into their career. Their latest achievement is contributing the song “I’m Not A Loser” to SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical which received a TONY Award nomination in the ‘Best Original Score (Music And/Or Lyrics)’ category and earned 12 nominations overall.
Earlier this year, the band released their 20th full-length album I Like Fun, was a guest on WTF with Marc Maron podcast, was referenced in an episode of Bob’s Burgers, hosted an Open Mike Eagle-judged “I Left My Body” video contest, performed on CONAN (+ special web-exclusive) and relaunched Dial-A-Song with weekly instalments of new music at www.dialasong.com! This week’s Dial-A-Song release is “By The Time You Get This” paired with an apocalyptic chiller of a music video featuring a cameo appearance by John and John, out today!
They Might Be Giants recently wrapped up the first leg of their world tour–a mostly sold-out 50-city trek across the USA, demolishing stages across the country in support of their new critically-acclaimed full-length studio album I Like Fun. After a short break and some summer festivals, the band is going back out on the road this fall with a stop at NYC’s Terminal 5 and their most extensive Canadian tour ever, following their previously announced dates in the UK and Europe. Their kinetic live energy transcends club stages as highlighted by their Rolling Stone Session and praise in The Atlantic.
Euro Tour Dates
- 20/9 Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
- 21/9 Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club SOLD OUT
- 22/9 Cambridge, UK @ The Junction
- 23/9 Bristol, UK @ Marble Factory
- 25/9 Munich, DE @ Ampere
- 26/9 Antwerp, BE @ De Roma
- 27/9 Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
- 28/9 Berlin, DE @ Columbia Theater
- 29/9 Hamburg, DE @ Knust
- 1/10 Koln, DE @ Luxor
- 3/10 London, UK @ Barbican
- 4/10 Manchester, UK @ Academy 2
- 5/10 Edinburgh, UK @ Queen’s Hall
- 6/10 Dublin, IE @ Button Factory
I Like Fun is out now on Lojinx in Europe.
Pugwash will release a second 7-incher from last year’s lauded Silverlake album on the 25th May. “Without You” will be released on transparent clear vinyl backed with an intimate alternate version of album track “Sunshine True”. The single release is set to coincide with an extensive run of UK dates supporting Nick Heyward this summer.
Silverlake differs from previous Pugwash albums in one major respect: it’s essentially a collaboration between two men – Thomas and Jason Falkner. As a former member of Jellyfish, respected solo artist, and musician, Falkner – who’s worked with everyone from Paul McCartney to Air – is similarly 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, 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.
With previous single picked among “Tracks Of 2017” by Radcliffe & Maconie on BBC6 Music, the album a top 5 album of the year in Mail On Sunday, and The Daily Express extolling “Thomas Walsh should be knighted for his services to songwriting”, it might well be a perfect summer ahead after all.
- 24/05 Brighton, Concorde 2
- 25/05 London, Islington Academy
- 31/05 Stockton-on-Tees, ARC
- 01/06 Birmingham, O2 Academy
- 02/06 Liverpool, O2 Academy
- 07/06 Glasgow, Òran Mór
- 08/06 Sheffield, O2 Academy
- 15/06 Oxford, O2 Academy
- 21/06 Cardiff, The Globe
- 22/06 Sturminster Newton, The Exchange
- 27/06 Horsham, The Capitol Theatre
- 28/06 Bath, Komedia
- 29/06 Eastleigh, The Concorde Club
- 06/07 Milton Keynes, The Stables
Check out the new lyric video from David Myhr’s forthcoming album “Lucky Day”
Hear four songs from the release, out next month, below: