Musically, Gavin Sinclair has one foot in his native Scotland and the other in his adopted home of North Carolina. Folk, Celtic and bluegrass influences build on a rock and pop foundation coupled with inventive lyrics, often but not always with a strong humorous element. Having played in a number of bands in his younger days, the highlight of which was playing on the same bill as The Jam, Gavin took to recording his original songs in 2015, making use of new technologies to turn inspirations into creation with the help of a very unusual band, The Mysterious Beings.
Fun fact #1: A comic novel written by Gavin under a pseudonym reached number 5 on The Amazon fiction best seller list.
Fun fact #2: Fans of the movie The Patriot might recognize those hands on the guitar. They can be seen in the movie wielding a razor to shave British general Lord Cornwallis.
Mixing tenderness with comedy and catchy tunes, Gavin & The Mysterious Beings would rather be bouncy than brooding, catchy than cool. They just want you to have a good time or occasionally break your heart a wee bit. Their second album, recorded in Nashville and North Carolina tackles the subject of love, something on which they are uniquely unqualified to offer any advice.
You’ll find toe-tapping tunes and lyrics full of wry humor and the occasional insight into the human condition. If Tom Lehrer and Tim Minchin bumped into Bruce Springsteen’s banjo player in a pub in Scotland it would be somewhat unusual and not unlike parts of this album.
To get a flavor, start with the title song then check out Fool To Love Her.
Files can also be downloaded from DropBox in .mp3 and .wav format at this link.
You can also stream the album from your preferred streaming service below.
The Mysterious Beings
The Mysterious Beings have the unusual distinction among bands of being entirely fictitious. Astounded and a bit embarrassed by the way he was able to do so much himself with the help of technology and some great session musicians who wisely were more than happy to work for hire rather than having their names associated with this kind of thing, Gavin invented a band to credit with backing him. Figuring if you were going to imagine a band, you might as well go all out and imagine a whole back-story, complete with bios, Gavin created The Mysterious Beings.
Guitar: Dee Sharpe (Scotland)
Drums: Kit Bashir (Afghanistan)
Keyboards: Gene Poole-Skimmings (England)
Saxophone: Aldo Sachs (France)
Bass: Juan Tusrifor (Peru)
Fiddle: Beau Strokes (USA)
Read more about the band here.
Phone: (+1) 828-464-1565