Josh Pyke – ‘Middle Of The Hill’
There was a time when you couldn’t turn on a non-commerical radio station and not hear ‘Middle Of The Hill’ by Josh Pyke. But it’s not like you cared, because the song was so gorgeous in all its simplicity; the honesty of the lyrics combined with Josh’s great vocals made the song an instant winner and it ended up at number 19 on Triple J’s Hottest 100 of 2005 (a listener-voted countdown of the 100 favourite tracks of that year).
Seemingly Josh Pyke apparaited onto radio waves, but in fact he had been kicking around for a numer of years under the Night Hour moniker. Once he dropped the pseudonym and assumed his real name, Josh catipulted onto radio playlists and into the hearts of many Sydney-siders, and it wasn’t long until his name spread around the country. I caught him live for the first time on tour with WA’s Bob Evans and both performers were fantastic – I really hope they tour together again because they compliment each other so well. They performed a bunch of songs together and it was amazing how well their vocals suited each other.
Josh released the EP Feeding The Wolves this year which was produced by renowned producer Wayne Connolly (You Am I, Youth Group), and that’s where ‘Middle of the Hill’ came from. There’s a new album Memories & Dust in the works…
For those in the UK, these are the final tour dates for Josh’s UK tour, but hurry because they’re this week:
September 25 – Cardiff Point, Cardiff, 8pm (w/ The Walkmen & Soundteam)
September 26 – Enterprise, London, 8pm (w/ The Mike Rosenburg Band)
September 27 – Koko, London, 8pm (w/ The Walkmen & Soundteam)