Thursday 6 July 2017


Following the exciting news that Southampton-born singer Seán McGowan has signed a deal with Xtra Mile Recordings – he now reveals details of a brand new EP ‘Graft & Grief’ to be released 8th September 2017 on silver vinyl, CD and digital. The 7 track EP features the singles ‘No Show’ (released late 2016) and ‘Apple Core’ released earlier this year – as well as new track ‘Costa Del Solution’. With two poems book-ending the EP, ‘Graft & Grief’ showcases Seán’s lyrical dexterity, knack for penning a catchy melody and laser sharp social commentary.

'No Show' puts zero-hour-contract, minimum-wage drudgery into riotous perspective, rebellion in half-arsed job performance, revenge in furiously-paced folk-punk whilst 'Apple Core' draws gentle echoed gallops while Seán spits lyrics at a pace, a rowdy chorus nailing his unexpected eloquence. 'Dog Tag' flows from chin-up confidence to raw honesty and 'Clear Conscience' rumbles with drum rolls under soft guitars. Finally, new song 'Costa Del Solution' is a bright, sunny jangle set upon high street despondency and twists the cliché of a beach holiday escape.

'Graft & Grief' is an impressive showcase for his rollicking full-band set of socially spot-on songs; an insight into realities of being young and musically-motivated in modern England.

Coinciding with the release, Seán will play his biggest headline tour to date playing with a full band.

8 Manchester – Jimmy’s
9 Nottingham – Bodega
14 Bristol – The Exchange
15 London – Sebright Arms
16 Southampton – The Loft

Seán has felt part of the Xtra Mile family for a while now, through his regular touring with the likes of Frank Turner, Skinny Lister, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Rob Lynch and Beans On Toast.  Over the past 6 years Seán has been steadily building up his now considerable fan base by being near a constant force on the touring circuit as well as supporting Billy Bragg and performing packed out slots at Glastonbury and The Great Escape.

Raised on a diet of The Clash, The Jam, Specials, Billy Bragg and other such politically-charged, punk-ignited British pop, 21 year old Seán self-released two EPs either given away or sold on a pay what you want basis at shows, plus two slices of teenage Southampton life entitled ‘Come Unstuck’ (featuring Frank Turner on backing vocals) and ‘Swings & Roundabouts’, released as a double a-side 7”. Writing has already begun on the album, due to arrive sometime in early 2018.

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