The Gyres

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The Gyres
Origin Blantyre, Scotland
Genres Rock, Britpop, indie rock
Years active 1994 (1994)–99
Labels Sugar Records
Past members Andy McLinden
Paul McLinden
Pete Lyons
Mark McGill
Pat Flaherty

The Gyres were a Scottish indie rock band formed in 1994 in Blantyre near Glasgow, just before the Britpop explosion.


The Gyres played numerous gigs in the United Kingdom, Europe and Japan, supporting and touring with Cast, Oasis, Reef, Echobelly, Bon Jovi, and David Bowie. The band enjoyed limited success, and eventually disbanded after walking away from their independent record label, Sugar Records, whose funding had dried up. The remaining members renamed themselves Point Blank, and released an album called 50/50 at the start of the 2000s, then disbanded not long after the release of the album.

Several members are still involved in the music industry to some degree. Paul McLinden is now performing as solo artist 'Mr D', and was previously in the band Koba.


  • Andy McLinden – vocals
  • Paul McLinden – guitar
  • Peter Lyons – guitar
  • Mark McGill – bass
  • Paddy Flaherty – drums



  • First (1997)


Year A-Side B-Side(s) Chart positions
UK Singles chart
1995 "Break" "Break" 145
1996 "Pop Cop" "A Fool to Follow", "Sooner or Later" 71
1997 "Are You Ready?" "A Million Miles", "Top of The Tree" 71
1997 "Sly" "Contact Day", "Sleepless Nights" 111