Listen: Sean McGowan releases new single ahead of Edinburgh gig

Ahead of his visit to Edinburgh this month, punk poet Sean McGowan has released new single Auto Pilot. You can listen to the track here.

Taken from the Southampton-based singer’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 McGowan’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.

Speaking about the themes of the song, McGowan says: “Auto Pilot 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.”

Looking ahead to the tour that sees his play Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh on 25 February, McGowan says: “I’m looking forward to tour. We’re sounding tight and playing well.

“I don’t handle time off well. I need to be working and need to be on the road. So, after the Christmas break I’m raring to go now.”

Full dates and details as follows:



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

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