Name of band: The Mind Sweepers
Paul Winter – Lead vocal, acoustic guitar
John McInally – Lead guitar
Mark Jardine – Bass
Bryn Thorburn – Drums
Location: Dumfries and Galloway
We would describe our music as… Genre-defying. Wholly original lyrics and arrangements, Pigeon-holes are for pigeons, and we dinnae live in a Doocot. Each member of the band comes from different realms with regard to influences, Paul’s influences range from Pink Floyd to Doves, via Jon Martyn and early Elton John, topped-off with a bit o’ 70’s Disco-seasoning. John’s influences are more guitar heavy, anywhere from Hendrix tae Johnny Marr, whilst also cradling a deep love of Soul. Bryn’s influences are more punk than anything, with a healthy interest in Soul and anything in-between..except Prog-Rock..and anything even vaguely representing ‘Hippie Pish’..he disnae like thon..at all, but, being the ‘Groove Sensation’ that he is, it’s all relative! Mark is a recent member of the band joining Aug 2016 and is already making a big impact with his input and solid style of playing.
Paul had been performing as a solo Singer/Songwriter for quite a few years, as well as singing in a couple of bands in his youth, and had built up quite a repertoire of self-penned songs as a result. The decision to have a go at starting a band arose from an advert by Bryn, on Facebook advertising the sale of a Ludwig drum kit in 2014. After a brief téte-a-téte the pair decided to have a go at the classic mid-life crisis move of forgoing the Harley Davidson and/or hair transplant and concentrate on getting a band together. Along with two others they began the long and arduous journey of pulling a set together, which, when you’re dealing with original material, isn’t an overnight affair.
Two years and a few lineup changes , Mark Jardine on Bass joining recently, the Mind Sweepers have become a tight solid live act playing throughout Dumfries and Galloway, Glasgow, Manchester and a host of Festival gigs including Eden Festival, Knockengorroch Festival and Solfest.
The Mind Sweepers work with a Manchester based Record Company , German Shepherd Records and have released two singles- Mating Game and Away Wi’ Ye Wumman as well as giving a track “ Threesome” to the record company’s annual charity album Malawi which is raising money for the charity Mary’s Meals who help starving people around the world.
The plans for the future are to get back into the studio and record our debut album and to continue to be a great original live band.
For further information:
Listen to The Mind Sweeper’s tracks on Soundcloud here
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Paul Winter – 07817 771191