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Sean Pinchin – Blues
Songwriter – Performer
Gig-warrior guitar-hero Sean Pinchin returns with a startling eight-song roots explosion: Monkey Brain.
His breakthrough 2013 release Rustbucket got music lovers attention in a BIG way: It nabbed him a nomination for New Artist Of The Year at the 2014 Maple Blues Awards, and was touted by many as “one of the best, if not the best, Canadian Blues release for 2013.” (Blues Underground Network). One reviewer’s description summed up many people’s reaction to Sean’s arresting brand of modern roots music: “Fresh, vibrant, and oozing with personality. The only question is, where has someone this good been hiding all this time? This release should prove a career-maker.” (Eric G. Thorn, Penguin Eggs)
Well, now that he’s got our attention he’s made his mind up to make good use of it. Monkey Brain is a guitar tour de force, a gritty mash of the history of roots guitar music torn down and built back up again. The title track is a grimy ode to our inner, more base impulses: “When life gets to me. My head starts to change. I give in to my Monkey Brain“. On the swampy Charity Case, Sean pleads with his lover: “Why do you treat me like some charity case? It’s not your business if I’m sober or straight“… we’ve all been there. Hard Luck is a 21st-century gospel dirge that has Sean’s searing lead guitar crescendo with a one-note Neil Young-style squeal into it’s signature riff with layered gospel harmonies pleading wordlessly over deep piano drones. Living In The Past eases us in with Sean’s falsetto before the album’s engine room Adam Warner (drums) & Mark McIntyre (bass) launch into its signature groove. Sean’s guitar weaves in and out and Emma-Lee’s backing vocals push the whole thing over the top. The album takes a turn with Goin’ Hobo‘s junk-yard percussion and tongue-in-cheek lyrics about being sick of the grind and packing it all in for the hobo life co-written with Juno winner Steve Strongman. The album closes with the duo of Monsters, an acoustic stomper keeping with the theme of fighting one’s own demons and Get Burned, yet more evidence of Sean’s guitar prowess, pivoting effortlessly between clean sinewy playing and ultra-dirty riff-mongering. Throughout, Sean delivers stories of personal struggle and triumph after living with depression for many years. Realizing that his grief could be put to constructive use, he began writing about everything that caused him pain, fear and heartache. Monkey Brain is his blues and he comes by it honestly.
The album was recorded with Juno-winning producer Rob Szabo, who also co-wrote the album. Like it’s predecessor Rustbucket, the songs were recorded quickly with many takes done live off the floor with Sean playing and singing the tunes in one complete pass. Old school. Damn right. Says producer Rob Szabo:
“Here’s a guy who’s been playing onstage 180 shows a year for the last 8 years and it shows. He can PLAY. Sean is the real deal.”
The overwhelmingly positive reaction to RustBucket and Sean’s increasingly compelling live show saw him graduate to many large theatre and festival stages. Sean spent the summers of 2014-15 performing at many Nationally and Internationally renowned Festivals including: Montreal Jazz Festival, Mont Tremblant International Blues Festival, Orangeville Blues Festival, Donnaconna Blues Festival and Kitchener Blues Festival as well as supporting Juno-Winner Steve Strongman at multiple theatre shows in Ontario.
Sean has done multiple cross-Canada tours and will continue to expand his intense regional and national touring schedule in 2016-17 to bring you his Monkey Brain.
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Broken Down Automobile
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