Friday, October 12, 2012

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-The Thrills

Artist:The Thrills
Song:One Horse Town

The Thrills were very popular in their native Ireland and England but never converted that to success in North America. Fans of 60s influenced pop will enjoy The Thrills. They went on hiatus after their record company dropped them in 2008 and it doesn't look like they will return. They were formed in the Dublin suburb of Blackrock by neighbours Conor Deasy (lead singer) and guitarist Daniel Ryan. The other members were Kevin Horan on piano, Padraic McMahon on bass and Ben Carrigan on drums. They were called Cheating Housewives. They wrote a lot of songs when they lived in San Diego for a few months in 1999. When they returned home, they signed with Supremo Records but nothing ever came from that. The band name was changed to The Thrills during a 2001 trip to San Francisco. Rough Trade Records financed a demo which spurred a bidding war won by Virgin Records. They went to Los Angeles to record their debut CD So Much For The City with Beck's producer Tony Hoffer. One Horse Town reached #7 on the Irish charts and #17 on the British charts and the album topped the Irish charts. After their second CD, The Thrills took a break. An attempt to record new music in New York in 2006 was scrapped. Hoffer returned and produced the 2007 CD Teenager. It didn't perform well and Virgin dropped The Thrills in 2008. This comp is a good intro to their music. Fans of the TV series The OC may have heard The Thrills as star Adam Brody was a big fan and got the producers to use the group's songs. Though The Thrills have never split up, it's unlikely that they will reform. Ben Carrigan released the solo CD The Greatest Narrators in Sept. 2011 and told Hot Press that the band seems like a past life and he wants to move forward. The Thrills are worth checking out. Here's the video for One Horse Town by The Thrills.

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