Sean McMorris is a cunning pop tunesmith who taps into the hook-laden vein that runs from The Beatles through Crowded House up to the present moment, mixing reflective, philosophical lyrics with earworm melodies for maximum impact. Besides being a gifted singer/songwriter with three albums to his credit, he's also a top-shelf drummer who refined his skills at the Berklee College of Music and played with rock heroes and cult figures alike.
Despite sporting as Irish-sounding a name as you can find, McMorris grew up in Paris, France before making his way to the U.S. as a teenager. After attending Berklee, he eventually made his way to New York City, where he played with everyone from theatrical legend Bill Irwin on Broadway to Richard Lloyd of punk-era icons Television. In the 2000s, he worked with NYC bands Peg, The Blondes Inc. and Lazy Lions.
In 2013, the brainy pop gems McMorris had been honing for ages finally made their way to the ears of the wider world for the first time when he released his solo debut LP, Lo & Behold. Two years later, he followed it up with another album's worth of trenchant tunes, Elevated Man.
In 2018, McMorris relocated to Los Angeles, where he’s currently keeping his drumming skills sharp by working with Billy Joseph & The Army of Love. This year, he’s released his third and most ambitious album yet, C'est La Vie. Working closely with producer, engineer, and multi-instrumentalist Christian Cassan (best known as indie-pop phenomenon Jonathan Coulter's right-hand man), McMorris has crafted a set of songs that are simultaneously more emotionally weighted and more gracefully crafted than anything he's done before.
In addition to the melodic tapestry weaved throughout the album by McMorris and Cassan, C'est La Vie boasts some extra sonic firepower courtesy of a rock guitar giant. Cassan got the tunes to Dave Gregory, known far and wide as XTC and Big Big Train's lead guitarist. Gregory liked what he heard, and added his unique sound to a number of tunes on the album, giving it that extra musical boost up into the stratosphere.
Never at a loss for ideas, McMorris always has at least another album's worth of songs at the ready by the time he's released the last one. So don't be too surprised if he pops out another LP full of equally enticing tunes before you've fully absorbed his latest.