On a roll

By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  September 22, 2009

“I think a lot of people get away with abstract nonsense and it can sound interesting or lofty or meaningful when maybe it’s not,” he says. “That’s not what this is. Hopefully.”

As with those first tentative steps into songwriting, a full understanding of Colonial Drones is emerging for Walsh only well after the fact of its completion — the band’s Facebook page, for instance, is currently engaged in what will be a nine-point dissection of the album title. The next month of touring the country will certainly make HTH and the album more familiar with each other, but perhaps the most remarkable thing about Walsh’s songs is how they keep offering new and different answers.

It’s this open-minded and open-ended approach that has made HTH one of Boston’s most prized pop possessions. We’re not likely to hear a local album that trumps the wonders of Colonial Drones anytime soon. So, a tip for bands looking to best Hallelujah the Hills this year: stick to bowling.

HALLELUJAH THE HILLS + YOU CAN BE A WESLEY + THE BIG BIG BUCKS | Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston | September 26 at 9 pm | $10 | 21+ | 617.566.9014 or www.greatscottboston.com

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