Eugene McGuinness

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This article is about the singer-songwriter. For his eponymous album, see Eugene McGuinness (album). For the American Roman Catholic clergyman, see Eugene J. McGuinness.
Eugene McGuinness
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Eugene performing
Background information
Also known as Eugene + the Lizards
Born (1985-08-11) 11 August 1985 (age 29)[1]
Leytonstone, London, England
Genres Indie rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Guitar
vocals
Years active 2007–present
Labels Domino
Associated acts Miles Kane
Website Eugene McGuiness' Domino Minisite
Notable instruments
Gibson J-160E
Epiphone Casino
Fender Mustang

Eugene Michael McGuinness[1] (born August 1985[1] in Leytonstone, London) is a British singer-songwriter and frontman of Eugene + the Lizards. He is currently living in London [2] and is of Irish heritage.[3]

Music career[edit]

McGuinness's first release, The Early Learnings of Eugene McGuinness, was released on 6 August 2007[4] on Domino Records' sublabel Double Six Records.[5] Although the extended play was less than half an hour long, it received praise from critics. BBC reviewer Chris White called it "brimful with ideas" and stated that McGuinness' voice on the record "soars euphorically and coos playfully with equal aplomb".[4] Drowned in Sound gave the EP a rating of 9/10, saying "McGuinness has a way with words that's quite remarkable".[5] However, despite gaining the backing of its critics, it failed to chart in the United Kingdom.

Following the good response of Learnings, he went on to release his eponymous debut album, Eugene McGuinness, on the Domino label on 13 October 2008.[6] Unlike the last release, Eugene McGuinness is a full-length album with 12 tracks.[7] The album received generally positive reviews from critics. Drowned in Sound labelled it "a bold and confident piece of brilliance, equally off kilter as it is tenderly raw".[8] The BBC said that the album "runs the formative gamut of angsty, carefree, happy-sad, hormone-fuelled, late-teens emotions with a solipsistic disregard for any feelings but his own".[6] NME gave the album 8 out of 10, and The Times named it their album of the week. Meanwhile an Observer journalist called the album "busily eclectic but... can make no great claims to originality".[9] Allmusic gave it 4 out of 5 stars, saying that "the arrival of Eugene McGuinness a true cause for celebration".[10]

McGuinness began playing as Eugene + the Lizards, along with his brother Dominic McGuinness, Malcolm Lunan and John Barrett. On 30 November 2009, they released their first album together, Glue. It was originally released as a 6-track limited edition 10" vinyl record, which then came with a digital code to download all 6 tracks plus the additional 4 tracks online for free, though the full album is now available on iTunes and AmazonMp3.

Alongside playing as a session and tour member for Miles Kane, Eugene finished the recording of his third album in London. The Invitation to the Voyage was released on 6 August 2012 [11] and contains the singles "Lion", "Thunderbolt", "Shotgun" and "Harlequinade".

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • The Early Learnings of Eugene McGuinness EP (2007, Double Six)
  • Eugene McGuinness (2008, Domino Records)
  • Glue (as Eugene + the Lizards) (2009, Domino Records)
  • The Invitation to the Voyage (2012, Domino Records)[12]
  • Chroma (2014, Domino Records)

Singles[edit]

  • "Monsters Under the Bed" (2007)
  • "Bold Street" (2007)
  • "Moscow State Circus" (2008)
  • "Fonz" (2009)
  • "Bugjuice" (2010)
  • "Lion" (2011)
  • "Thunderbolt" (2011)
  • "Shotgun" (2012)
  • "Harlequinade" (2012)
  • "Sugarplum" (2012)
  • "Fairlight" (2013)

Videography[edit]

  • "Monsters Under The Bed" (2007)
  • "Moscow State Circus" (2008)
  • "Fonz" (2009)
  • "Wendy Wonders" (2009)
  • "Bugjuice" (2010)
  • "Grogshop" (2010)
  • "Lion" (2011)
  • "Shotgun" (2012)
  • "Blue Jeans" (2012)
  • "Harlequinade" (2012)
  • "Sugarplum" (2012)
  • "Fairlight" (2013)
  • "Godiva" (2014)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Index of Births, Marriages and Deaths in England and Wales, 1984-2005.
  2. ^ "Music Profiles - Eugene McGuinness". BBC. 2008-10-10. Retrieved 2009-01-10. 
  3. ^ "Eugene McGuinness - Review". Drowned in Sound. 13 October 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-10. 
  4. ^ a b "Eugene McGuinness - The Early Learnings of Eugene McGuinness". BBC. 27 July 2007. Retrieved 2009-01-10. 
  5. ^ a b "Eugene McGuinness - The Early Learnings of Eugene McGuinness". Drowned in Sound. 6 August 2007. Retrieved 2009-01-10. 
  6. ^ a b "Eugene McGuinness - Eugene McGuinness". BBC. 10 October 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-10. 
  7. ^ "Eugene McGuinness announces debut album details". NME. 8 September 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-10. 
  8. ^ "Eugene McGuinness - Eugene McGuinness". Drowned in Sound. 13 October 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-10. 
  9. ^ Carnwath, Ally (12 October 2008). "Rock review: Eugene Mcguinness, Eugene McGuinness". London: The Observer. Retrieved 2009-01-10. 
  10. ^ "Eugene McGuinness". 
  11. ^ http://www.dominorecordco.com/uk/albums/06-03-12/the-invitation-to-the-voyage/
  12. ^ [http://www.frostmagazine.com/2012/04/20/new-eugene-mcguinness-album-released-3rd-july-music-news/ New Eugene McGuinness album released 3 July at Frost Magazine

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