Release Date: Dec 18, 2015
Record label: Underscore Collective
Bewitching posthumous set from Staffordshire maverick. Best known for his appearances on the soundtracks to Shane Meadows’ This Is England TV series, Midlands singer-songwriter Gavin Clark died earlier this year at the tragically young age of 46..
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Gavin Clark is best known as the voice of Shane Meadows’ This Is England, but when he unexpectedly died in February at the age of 46, he was leading a folk trio and creating a new project with Pablo Clements and James Griffith, who he had met as a fellow member of James Lavelle’s UNKLE and now had their own project called Toydrum. The Evangelist was started in 2011 and, with Clark’s passing, became a mission to complete in his spirit. Loosely autobiographical and inspired by The Who’s Tommy, the album’s concept revolves around a preacher, his descent into drugs and vice, attempted redemption and ultimate defeat.