On May 27, 2003.

On May 27, 2003, “Virgin” label released “So Much for the City”, the debut Thrills album. It was recorded October 2002 – March 2003, and was produced by Tony Hoffer. “So Much for the City” won ‘Album of the Year’ at the Irish national music awards.


  • Conor Deasy – vocals, guitar, harmonica
  • Daniel Ryan – guitar
  • Padraic McMahon – bass, guitar, harmonica
  • Ben Carrigan – drums, percussion
  • Kevin Horan – background vocals, organ, piano, synthesizer
  • Charlie Bisharat, Joel Derouin, Berj Garabedian, Suzie Katayama, Sara Perkins – violin
  • Larry Corbett – cello
  • John Hayhurst – viola
  • David Woodford, Nicholas Lane, Nick Lane, Steve Madaio – horn
  • Jay Dee Maness, JayDee Mannes – pedal steel
  • David Campbell – horn and string arrangements
  • Ben Drury – logo, cover design

Track listing:

All tracks by Conor Deasy, Daniel Ryan, Padraic McMahon, Ben Carrigan and Kevin Horan.

  1. Santa Cruz (You’re Not That Far)
  2. Big Sur
  3. Don’t Steal Our Sun
  4. Deckchairs and Cigarettes
  5. One Horse Town
  6. Old Friends, New Lovers
  7. Say It Ain’t So
  8. Hollywood Kids
  9. Just Travelling Through
  10. Your Love Is Like Las Vegas
  11. ‘Til the Tide Creeps In / Plans (hidden track)



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