|Xtra Mile Recordings
Release Date: 11 May 2018
Format: LP Vinyl
|SEAN MCGOWAN SON OF THE SMITH Limited Vinyl LP
Over 13 tracks, 'Son of the Smith' - the debut album from rising folk-punk star Sean McGowan - is disarming in its scope, surprising in its erudite tackling of life's challenges, and strong of voice with just a dab of laddish humour Ė; the aural personification of SeŠn himself. McGowan could end up soundtracking our social conscience well into next year.
The first single taken from the album is 'Off the Rails', which sears along with an e-bow guitar drone thrumming underneath while SeŠn gives the lyrical equivalent of an arm around the shoulder and kiss on the cheek of his mates for being there for him.
As a glimpse into 'Son of the Smith', it captures his band absolutely ploughing through the parts he wrote for them. In that spirit, 'Son of the Smith' captures everything live. Recording at SS2 Studios in Southend with labelmate Sam Duckworth (AKA Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.) and Jay Malhotra, drums were done without a click-track, each instrument colliding with the rhythm. "It feels urgent, like it could tip over the edge at any point," SeŠn says.
For fans of: Frank Turner, Billy Bragg, Jamie T, Skinny Lister
Mind the Doors
Romance Ainít Dead
Skin & Bone (& Blood & Moaning)
Oh My Days
Mind your Head
Life has a Way
Off the Rails
Mind the Gap