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Sean McGown shares new single, plays Cambridge this month


Sean McGowan returns to The Portland Arms later this month (tickets) and as his latest tour kicks off, McGowan has released a new single. Taken from Sean’s warmly-received debut album of last year, ‘Auto Pilot’ is another prime example of the perfectly preened and poetic indie-pop that made ‘Son Of The Smith’ such a rewarding listen. 

Brimful of Sean’s distinctly wry social observations and set in vividly relatable situations, “Auto Pilot” is tells a tale to lost loves and the pitfall-strewn pathway that lies beyond a bitter break up. 

“And I can’t hack it any more, I smash up the wall… yet it doesn’t cure, the shame, the guilt, regret and all the dread in the morning and the next few days”, sings Sean, in a track that stands as one of the singer’s most emotionally complex and endearingly confessional outings to date.

Speaking about the themes of the song, Sean says: “Autopilot came from the realisation that drinking culture can be extremely toxic. I noticed most music I listened to was painting boozing as an escape and actually doing much more harm than good. ‘Everything has gone to shit – let’s go get drunk and pretend everything is OK’ is all well and good sometimes and often part of healing processes. But, if that’s your answer every time you inevitably spiral downwards. I wanted to write about a particular experience of mine with booze, honestly. It’s great fun to play live.”

Weaving interloping guitar lines around a driving motorik beat, ‘Auto Pilot’ is an adrenaline-racing rush that testifies to the tight-knit musical mentality of his trusty backing band, who, fittingly join him on the road for an extensive run of UK shows this February and March. 


07 Brighton @ Hope & Ruin

08 Bristol @ Louisiana

09 Manchester @ Star & Garter

10 Birmingham @ Sunflower Lounge

13 Leicester @ Soundhouse

14 Cardiff @ Clwb Ifor Bach

15 Hastings @ Blackmarket

16 Oxford @ Jericho Tavern

17 Guildford @ Boiler Room

19 Norwich @ Bermuda Bob’s Rum Shack & HiFi

20 Cambridge @ Portland Arms

21 Swindon @ Level 3

22 Leeds @ Hyde Park Book Club

23 Newcastle @ Underground

24 Glasgow @ Hug & Pint

25 Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete’s

27 St Albans @ The Horn

28 Nottingham @ The Bodega

MARCH 2018

01 Bedford @ Esquires

02 London @ Borderline

03 Bournemouth @ Anvil