Juno nominee slide-guitar-hero Sean Pinchin is back with eight-song blues tour-de-force: Bad Things.
His 2016 breakthrough album Monkey Brain nabbed him a 2017 Juno Nomination for Blues Album of the Year and cemented his reputation as a guitar player’s guitar player. The album took his singing to a new level and turned heads his with his best songs yet. One reviewer's description summed up many people's reaction to Sean's killer brand of modern blues: "track after track built from masterfully infectious riffs with lyrics as smart as one might hear from a top-notch pop songsmith … power, drive and gobs of style.” (Duane Verh, Roots Music Report)
Bad Things continues where Monkey Brain left off: BIG riffs, heartfelt gritty singing and songs that will be earworms for weeks after only a couple of listens. Sean puts the history of blues guitar music into a blender and it comes out all dirty and grimy, sounding at once like something you’ve never quite heard before, while remaining true to the lineage that Sean so clearly reveres. The opening track If You’re Gonna Leave Me is a straight up breakup song delivered as an almost celebratory stompin’ slide guitar extravaganza. What could be a down-on-your-luck affair feels more like a provocation: "You need some space. Do what you gotta do. If you’re gonna leave me, then GO". In the breakdown of the uptempo Hands To Yourself Sean relates a conversation he’s having with a good friend after a bad breakup in a whisky-soaked drawl: "Man, I’m just looking for a woman to treat me the best she can”. His buddy deadpans: “Brother, I've never met ANY woman truly happy with ANY man.” Bad Things, the album's title track, kicks off with a signature Pinchin searing resonator riff before the band Mary-Jane Luvite (drums) & Rob Szabo (bass) launch into a thumpin’ groove. Sean pays homage to his heroes with a trio of covers on the record. Devil Got My Woman is an ambient chill and moody version of the Skip James classic. It builds slowly with Sean’s restrained resonator slide playing and goes over the top with arguably on of Sean’s best solos on record as he shreds with fuzzed out abandon on his Gibson 339. The album takes a turn with a stripped down lapstyle version Blind Willie Johnson’s Nobody’s Fault But Mine and closes with Sean’s take on Canadian blues veteran Steve Strongman’s River.
The album is Sean’s 3rd recorded with Juno-winning producer Rob Szabo, who also co-wrote the originals on the album and played various other instruments. The overwhelmingly positive reaction to Monkey Brain(2016) and Sean’s increasingly compelling live show saw him graduate to many larger theatre and festival stages in the years since he released Rustbucket(2013). Sean has spent the last several summers performing at Nationally and Internationally renowned Festivals including: Montreal Jazz Festival, Mont Tremblant International Blues Festival, Trois Rivières En Blues, 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 countless gigs and tours, topping 250 gigs/year in both 2017 and 2018 and will continue to expand his intense regional and national touring schedule in 2019-20 to bring you Bad Things.