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With less than a week until the release of Seán McGowan’s debut EP release on Xtra Mile Recordings, ‘Graft & Grief’ (8 Sept), the Southampton-born punk poet today unveils a brand new video for featured track and latest single: ‘Costa Del Solution’.
Making the trip from his native Southampton to hit the beaches of Bournemouth on something of brief vacation of his own, the video for ‘Costa Del Solution’ was filmed in just two days earlier this summer. Teaming up once again with Director and friend Robert Goulding (the man also at the helm for Seán’s former 'No Show' and 'Apple Core’ videos), the video sees Seán re-visit the getaway spot of his formative years as he reflects on our fixation with the short-lived escapism of the holiday getaway.
Speaking about Costa Del Solution, Seán says:
“It dawned on me that people spend 50 weeks of the year thinking about the 2 weeks they get away on holiday. Whilst it's great to have something to look forward to - I don't think you're doing life right if you're not enjoying more than two weeks a year. It's tied in with this feeling of being stuck on the conveyor which is a theme that runs through this record. Doing as was done by those before you. Falling into routine. It's nonsense, do what you want, have fun and make it work.”
Seán’s upcoming extended-player ‘Graft & Grief’ is released on 8th September 2017 and will be available on silver vinyl, CD and digital.
Alongside ‘Costa Del Solution’, the EP features a total of 7 tracks including familiar former singles ‘No Show’ and ‘Apple Core’, plus two poems ‘Gag (Part 1)’ and ‘Gag (Part 2)’ that bookend the piece. Capturing Seán’s lyrical dexterity, knack for penning a catchy melody and laser sharp social commentary, the ‘Graft & Grief’ EP is a thrilling new release from an artist rapidly establishing himself as a formidable talent. An impressive showcase of socially canny tunes; ‘Graft & Grief’ is an accomplished insight into the realities of being young and musically-motivated in modern England.
For the first time, the Graft & Grief’ EP also sees Seán flesh out his dextrous lyrics with the backing of a full band throughout - an experience that will be reciprocated for fans live as they take the new set up out on the road for a series of UK dates this September.
Following career-high festival sets at Beautiful Days and Common People over the Summer, Seán and band line up what will be their biggest headline gigs to date. Catch them here:
UK HEADLINE TOUR
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.
With all-go in the Seán camp over the next few weeks, Seán states:
“This EP is full of honesty and energy. It's full band so obviously a wee bit different to my previous records. It's my best work yet. The live shows are going to be wild. We're playing well, feeling great and having so much fun right now. I really think we're flying as a band.”
‘Graft & Grief’ is out on Xtra Mile Recordings on 8 September
Pre-order your copy here:
iTunes – www.smarturl.it/SeánEP-itunes
Music Glue – www.smarturl.it/SeanMcGowan-EP