Gardiner is a rarity, a true songsmith, a poet who sets his stories to music.
Pete writes about doomed, alcohol fuelled love affairs, our celebrity obsessed
culture, vanity, greed, violence and lust with a style and passion inspired by his
songwriting heroes Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Bruce Springsteen.
up in Northern Ireland in the 90’s, there was no shortage of subject matter for
Pete’s unique ability with words.
single Dangerous People interprets the madness depicted in world news headlines
into three minutes of dramatic Americana influenced folk storytelling.
goes on to say that, “The song follows a man driven to the brink of madness by
our current political climate coupled with his own inner turmoil and anxiety.
He wants some company and he does his best to hide his darker personality
traits from the woman he desires. However, with each passing chorus, his true
nature becomes more evident.
wanted to write something in the style of Leonard Cohen’s “Everybody Knows”
where the lyrics somehow say everything about where we are in the world without
being specific about anything.”
early demos, which gained support from local BBC radio, caught the attention of
a major UK radio group, who then tipped off a record label, which resulted in
Pete signing his first recording contract. Pete’s debut album, recorded with
award winning Irish producer Tommy McLaughlin (The Villagers), earned great
reviews and the first single ‘Idols’ was featured in ‘Record of the Day’. The
follow up, All These Things, was picked up by BBC Radio 2 by presenter Janice
plays a live show to celebrate the single’s launch on May 16th at
The Bedford, Balham, London.