The Import Section: Pelvis Brings The Drama

Jun 22nd, 2007 // 2 Comments

pelviscl.jpgThe Irish trio Pelvis first landed on our radar thanks to a mistake; when we bought their debut single, “Hang My Hat,” ten years ago, the misguided yet helpful seven-inch-labeler at our corner record store gave the album the assessment “Female vocals — like PJ Harvey.” If only he’d looked at the single’s flipside, which identified the lead singer as Jonny Rowen (fun fact, and one of the few things we actually know about this band: Rowen is the brother of the kid who appeared on the cover of U2′s Boy). The PJ Harvey comparisons for the spare “Hang My Hat” were not entirely out of left-field, though, and Rowen’s voice is definitely up there as far as vocal registers go. Who Are You Today?, Pelvis’ only album, ratcheted up the drama and orchestration on “Hang My Hat” by about tenfold, particularly the slow-building “All Too Much For Me”:

Pelvis – Hang My Hat [MP3, link expired]
Pelvis – All Too Much For Me [MP3, link expired]
Pelvis [Irish Music Central]


  1. brasstax

    The music’s really not bad at all, but Pelvis might be one of the absolute worst band names I’ve ever had the misfortune of finding out about.

  2. Maura Johnston

    The best (worst?) thing: I have actually seen them referred to as P’Elvis.

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