Born in Newtownards in Northern Ireland, Peter Gardiner is slowly carving quite a following amongst those who love well crafted songs which tell the stories of everyday life with all its passions and pitfalls. Whether they are related to something in the news, personal circumstances, romances or general relationships, Pete is keen to put them in his songs and, in much the same way as his idols Leonard Cohen or Bob Dylan, everyday life becomes something enthralling.
It’s a long way from working in a local bank by day and gigging at night, but Pete is slowly gaining critical acclaim and airplay and has just finished recording his debut album with award winning Irish producer Tommy McLaughlin. It’s an album that has been mastered at the famous Abbey Road studios and Pete is doing everything in his power to ensure its success, even moving to London to play regularly on the London club scene to hone his undoubted talent and polish his stage craft.
Next month sees the release of Pete’s new single, ‘Pretty Smiles’, which is taken from the new album which should see release later in the year. Ash Howes is on board mixing and has brought all of his experience with acts like Ellie Goulding, One Direction, Kylie and Dido and the result is an excellent mix of Pete’s usual lyricism and a great hook making it very radio friendly. It really doesn’t take many listens to find yourself singing along and I can’t wait for the chance to see Pete sing it live.
In the past Pete has been championed by Janice Long at BBC Radio 2 and Robert Elms of Radio London and if this new release is any indication of the material on the album, he will be gaining new fans quickly. He plays Hoxton in early September and it is a great chance to catch a young man whose skills and artistry grow with every release.
The new single will be accompanied by a cinematic video inspired by 50s Film Noir and featuring Pete himself playing a young bartender who falls in love with a ghost. It has been shot by award winning video director Alex Taylor in Manchester and Pete’s first experience of a professional shoot see him showing off not only his singing but also his acting and dancing skills.
Since Pete’s debut single, ‘All These Things’, things are picking up at pace and I look forward to hearing more from this very talented song writer and also a chance to hear his debut album.