Originally hailing from the Blue Mountains, Gavin Bowles has become something of a modern troubadour; making a name for himself as an accomplished songwriter, performer and vocalist/guitarist for various artists and projects. After over a decade of playing, recording and touring Aus in various outfits, Bowles unwittingly began a solo career in 2018. The aim was to get a few loose songs recorded and return to other projects – four years on, Bowles has released his full length debut album (2020's “This Years Modern") plus an EP and formed backing band ‘The Distractions’ to bring his songs to life on stage; the place where Bowles feels the most at home.
The recording and touring process of Bowles debut album “This Years Modern" was marred by the various lockdowns and roadblocks created from 2020-2022. During this time, Bowles also went through a myriad of personal challenges. However Bowles has emerged refreshed and re-energised with a troupe of blistering new songs.
Stylistically Bowles’ influences range from Rockabilly to Indie Rock and Punk Rock, but it’s with this new set of songs that he’s really tapped into his unabashed love of 70’s and 80’s power pop – evoking groups like The Jam, Blondie, Elvis Costello and The Buzzcocks. Catchy vocal melodies accompanied by bright layers of upbeat guitar, hop-along bass lines and watertight drum grooves.
Over the past 4 years Bowles has lived in the heart of North Melbourne, Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains – soaking in the atmospheres, sights, smells and sounds of differing urban and suburban living and music scenes. With over a decade of touring and recording under his belt, Bowles and “The Distractions” exhibit a refined live show, toting songs of personal triumphs and tribulations and an idiosyncratic view on modern life, always with a guitar lick and smirk in tow.
The Distractions are:
Simon Bowles (drums)
Michael Crudgington (guitar)
Cameron Hill (bass)
Photos: Rhiannon Whelan