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NEW EP: ‘CURATE CALM, CREATE CHAOS’
OUT 1st NOVEMBER 2019 – VIA XTRA MILE RECORDINGS
REVEALS NEW SINGLE:
2019 UK TOUR – MANY HEADLINE UK DATES NOW SOLD OUT!
“Like Strummer, Bragg and Duckworth before him, Sean McGowan possesses a world-weary spirit and an ability to translate that resignation into wryly observed studies of the human condition… A unique talent.”
- LOUDER THAN WAR
SEAN McGOWAN is pleased to present his new single: ‘Heartbreaker’.
The latest sample of his keenly awaited ‘Curate Calm, Create Chaos’ EP sees Sean wearing his heart on his sleeve and lost deep in tender thought.
Written about the complex and often paradoxical array of emotions we experience at the beginning of any new relationship, ‘Heartbreaker’ explores those conflicting feelings of wild excitement and guarded anxiety that often precede letting-go to fall in love. https://youtu.be/YhsKS-9M25U
Solely backed by a score of graceful acoustic arpeggios and hushed backing vocals, ‘Heartbreaker’ chooses to set the spotlight centre-stage on Sean’s winsome and candid lyrical offerings. As Sean says:
“In more recent years I’ve found myself being more honest and open which has proven to be much better usually, but, has bitten me on the arse a bunch too…. I wanted to write a song people could relate to about lust and romance that was focussed more on the psychological affects as opposed to the physical. Not just the ‘Heartbreak’ but the drop in self confidence, the worry of wasted time and how you recover… ‘Heartbreaker’ is about how two people can keep their cards close to their chest and feel like they don’t want to give too much away or make themselves vulnerable. This period can be fun and exciting but it can also be confusing.”
Expect not-a-dry-eye in the house when Sean airs ‘Heartbreaker’ along with other tracks from the upcoming EP at a string of headline UK dates this Autumn / Winter. With a number of the shows already sold out including Bristol, Winchester and Southampton, and a number of others down to their last few; tickets are selling like hot cakes (see dates with last remaining tickets noted below).
Due to the overwhelming popular demand in his hometown, fans in Southampton will have a second chance to catch Sean at another pre-Christmas celebration as he adds an additional date at the Joiners the following night – 21st December – with tickets on sale now.
Full dates and details below:
SEAN McGOWAN – TOUR DATES 2019
Thur 7 Nov Newport Le Pub
Fri 8 Nov Stourbridge Katie Fitzgeralds
Sat 9 Nov Winchester Railway – SOLD OUT
Thur 21 Nov Bideford Palladium
Fri 22 Nov Bristol Exchange 2 – SOLD OUT
Sat 23 Nov Newquay Whiskers
Sun 24 Nov Glastonbury King Arthur
Sat 14 Dec – Manchester – Castle
Sun 15 Dec Nottingham Chameleon Café
Thur 19 Dec London Islington
Fri 20 Dec – Southampton – Joiners – SOLD OUT
Sat 21 Dec – Southampton – Joiners – ** JUST ADDED **
INDEPENDENT VENUE WEEK TOUR 2020
Thur 30 Jan Bishops Stortford Half Moon
Fri 31 Jan Bournemouth Anvil
Sat 1 Feb Derry Bennigans
Sun 2 Feb Reading Rising Sun Arts Centre
TICKETS ON SALE HERE:
These shows follow a busy period of touring that has seen Sean play across the UK and Ireland supporting The Levellers, Holy Moly and The Crackers and labelmates Brand New Friend.
New single ‘Heartbreaker’ follows the Radio X-supported first single ‘Silk
’, both of which will appear on Sean’s upcoming new EP: ‘Curate Calm, Create Chaos’, out 1st November 2019 (via Xtra Mile Recordings).
The new EP ‘Curate Calm, Create Chaos
’ came out on 1st
November – the collection has been hailed as “his best work to date” (Underscore Pt.3
), with praise given for “its stripped back acoustic guitars and cinematic orchestration [heightening] the two things McGowan does best, defiance and emotion” (Travellers Tunes
The EP follows the release of included singles ‘Heartbreaker’, a tender and reflective ballad that explores those conflicting feelings of wild excitement and guarded anxiety that often precede letting-go to fall in love; plus the Radio X-supported first single ‘Silk’.
A punk, poet, and pacifist all at once, Sean’s latest collection arrives very much like an extension of the artist himself. Stepping momentarily away from the frenetic indie-punk that coursed through the veins of his acclaimed debut album ‘Son of The Smith’, Sean’s new release instead delivers an altogether gentler and more introspective listen.
After the Southampton singer-songwriter found his life suddenly turned upside down by a series of monumental changes beyond his control, he reached into his soul and found these five new songs: ‘I’m OK’, ‘Heart Breaker’, ‘Silk’, ‘Money’ and ‘Queen of The West’. Now compiled as his ‘Curate Calm, Create Chaos’ EP, together the tracks spin a deeply personal narrative that charts Sean’s journey as he navigated his way through these stormy waters. His first new material to emerge since his debut album last year, ‘Curate Calm, Create Chaos’ is subdued and stripped-back, raw and reflective, and together illuminate Sean’s songwriting talents going from strength to strength.
Breaking out of the Southampton scene, Sean was signed by the Xtra Mile Recordings label early on in his career and has had no trouble winning over audiences with his unique way with words, admirable ethics and impassioned vocals. Fitting right in with the Xtra Mile family, Sean has gone on to tour with the likes of Skinny Lister, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. and Will Varley, as well as fellow working-class heroes Billy Bragg and The Levellers. Along the way, Sean has played crowd-winning sets to the folk of major festivals the likes of Glastonbury, 2000 Trees, Camden Rocks, Truck and beyond, whilst also playing a huge main stage at the legendary Camden Roundhouse as one of the main supports at Frank Turner’s Lost Evenings II.
Channeling smart wordplay through a clash of tunes both melancholic and riotous, Sean released his acclaimed debut album ‘Son of the Smith’ in 2018 and now follows it in 2019 with the: ‘Curate Calm, Create Chaos’ EP.
SEAN McGOWAN – ‘CURATE CALM, CREATE CHAOS’
OUT 1st NOVEMBER 2019
- ON XTRA MILE RECORDINGS -
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