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.
“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.”
Kicking off at the Brighton’s The Hope & Ruin tomorrow (7th February 2019), Sean and band will be travelling the length and breadth of England and Wales for a whopping 21 live dates that culminate in Bournemouth’s The Anvil on 3rd March 2019. Full dates and details as follows:
The upcoming UK tour directly follows Sean’s biggest headline show to date, a Christmas homecoming in Southampton at the 1865 as supported by friend and labelmate Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly; the cherry on top of what was a monumental year for the ascending singer-songwriter.
Following the release of his debut album Son of the Smith in May 2018 - available on vinyl, CD and download from Xtra Mile Recordings now - Seán performed to crowds all over Europe and winning over new fans with his smart wordplay and clash of sad and riotous tunes.
His biggest show saw him performing main stage at the legendary Camden Roundhouse as one of the main supports at Frank Turner’s Lost Evenings II. He toured with more friends and Xtra Mile family Skinny Lister, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. and Will Varley, as well as fellow working-class hero Billy Bragg. He skirted the fringes of the island with a set of dates in lesser-played Scottish towns. And he ended a year of touring with a UK and European jaunt with eternal folk travellers The Levellers, in something of a dream support slot. Back doing what he loves best, Seán hits the road once more in 2019 as he looks forward to an even bigger and brighter new year.