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Mcgowan @ Private Show

nyc, Pennsylvania, USA

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Los Angeles, California, USA

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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Mcgowan (Manic Pop Thrill - 2005). Self-titled full length.

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Describing the road to his own music, Mcgowan notes, "I grew up with folk and classical music on NPR. I was about 5 or 6 when I heard the Beatles and the Stones and my little world caved in to rock and roll. Later there was a long period of listening to reggae - lots of Marley - he was a major force, musically and spiritually." This led Mcgowan to teenage rock band, Christopherís Pocket, bringing him from rural New Hampshire to Philadelphia - his home prior to New York. After the Pocket folded in early 1999, Mcgowan turned to guitar-for-hire at studio sessions to pay the bills, but also realized he could and should step out and start singing his own songs. He built a following by playing coffeehouses and clubs from Boston to Baltimore, and found himself with thousands of friends.

A break from Mcgowan's own music came in 2002 when he joined Ben Lee's band, touring the world, making the late night TV rounds, playing shows with Beck and Phantom Planet, and also co-writing and recording on Ben's Awake is the New Sleep album. The subsequent collaboration with Ben on “Catch My Disease” resulted in it winning Single of the Year at the Australian version of the Grammyís, the ARIAís, in November 2005.

It was during his two-year excursion with Ben that Mcgowan took a detour to Philadelphia-based drummer/engineer/producer Jesse Honig's temporary home in St. Louis. The two produced nearly 30 tracks over the course of two long weekends, capturing a restless spirit with intimate and inspired recordings that bring you into the makeshift living room studio where they recorded. The duo feverishly tracked guitars, drums, bass, keys, vox, loops – mixing a veritable kitchen sink into shape – working quickly, nearly instinctively – and creating the most perfect pop of their young careers. Their recordings eventually become the album Mcgowan .

"There's a lot of punk and soul in my head," says Mcgowan of his sound. "I like spacey music and psychedelic sounds. In the past Iíve had to front with an acoustic guitar, which means I rely heavily on the craft of pop songs to fill the sonic void. I'm excited for the album 'cause I think it is going to reflect a lot of elements that people don't always get to hear from me." To date, most McGowan material has been available through his Web site only. That will change with the release of Mcgowan on Manic Pop Thrill. The album is available at iTunes in the USA, UK, Australia, Canada and Japan. It is also available from Dot Shop Records throughout Scandinavia at

Capable of touring with a band or as a solo artist, Mcgowan is preparing to spend 2006 doing both. He will start in New York City and as a result of his new deal with BMG Music Publishing in Australia will be touring there in early 2006.