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Posted on: July 3rd, 2019 by Sam Gibson No Comments

The New Sam Gibson Store has launched over on teemill. Why not head over and take a look


Plastic Universe Review

Posted on: June 13th, 2019 by Sam Gibson No Comments

Five years on from this awesome review from Sleeping Bag Studios

Sam Gibson – Plastic Universe – Album Review

Right off the bat – that’s an album title that resonates with me strongly. With so many ideas recycled daily…almost like we’ve planned our own obsolescence…it can be tough to sometimes navigate through our valleys of malls and believe we’ve created anything significant here on planet Earth. And if we’re getting all-kinds of philosophical here, well, your universe would be the same as mine, in that Earth itself…is really your universe. Unless you’re one of the few lucky space travelers, this rock we’re on is what we’ve got…and arguably this thing is so packed full of plastic & hot air that it could float on water by now…

Hey here’s a great idea – maybe I should get down off this philosophical soapbox and push play on Plastic Universe by Sam Gibson…

Beautifully played acoustic guitar gently eases you into this album through “Sunrise” the intro opener and into “Let Me Fly” the track to follow. You can hear easily that Sam has held onto his guitar closely his entire life and get the sense quickly that these songs are born inside him; each song sounds like he knows exactly where he wants it to go, and with his skill-set makes sure to get it there each and every time. “Let Me Fly” is a perfect example; Sam really lets loose a sweet and inventive vocal flow on this one that, quite frankly, sounds like he’s taking some chances in a sense at first…but following his instincts have paid off greatly for Sam not only on this track, but on this entire album.

It becomes all the more fitting when you hear “Be True,” the third song on this new album and one that really gives you some insight to what Plastic Universe and Sam Gibson are really all about. It’s a fantastic song about realizing the potential that’s inside you…it’s about never giving in to conformity, celebrating diversity and just GOING for it…whatever “it” may be for YOU.

“Starting off with an answer – is that the way to go on?” is such an excellent question posed by Gibson in “Be True.” I can only suppose he’s referencing the sheer number of how many things have already been and done in this world…and we’re all fortunate enough to stand on the shoulders of these giants and their work as we push forward ourselves. But that question he asks…well…it made me think! I don’t know if I came out with an answer myself either…I’ve always encouraged authenticity and music that is truly organic – but I’ve also always said that more of a good thing can be a great thing too. So is it the “way to go on?” Maybe, maybe-not…but that ability to question it all is certainly part of what drives Sam to be as unique as his creativity allows him all over this album and push himself to break away from becoming yet another plastic copy of anything else out there.

Of course there are moments that still show the roots of his influences – but a carbon-copy he most certainly is not. The passion in Gibson’s voice comes through completely solid on the fierce “Bitter End,” and especially on “Squeeze,” where you can also hear him fire up the electric guitar as well in this epic masterpiece. This track recalls some of the epic sounds of Peter Gabriel, or found in the present tense through bands like TV On The Radio or Bon Iver; melodic, beautiful…and just a massive song in scale. It’s tracks like this that allow you to visualize what an amazing song this would be in a live performance even from your armchair.

“Come On Through” will make for an interesting track to listen to for our Canadian readers for sure. With an early Murmur-era R.E.M. style to it, this track also sounds almost like a lighter version of our own dark & troubled artist Matthew Good. Whether or not any of these musical references have had an impact on Gibson along the way I do not know; but what I do know is that his own defining pop/rock style gives the right twist to any of these sounds to make them new and like musical tools entirely unto his own.

As an absolute sucker for sharp recordings, atmospheric-music and great ideas (Sorry, can’t help myself) – I’m a huge fan of “Nothing Here,” second to last track on the album; a short piece of wonderful pop confection. By giving it that touch of the vinyl record sound, a bare piano and a simple but completely heart-wrenching & emotional set of vocals…this track works exactly as intended through the recording. Not only is it a fantastic piece on its own – but with that extra vinyl effect on “Nothing Here” being so effective, the moment it cuts out for the final/title-track “Plastic Universe” is an incredible moment in listening all to itself. It becomes quickly silent for a split second before coming back into that same well-produced, beautifully-melodic acoustic guitar tones that brought you all the way here in the first place. You instantly snap back to just how well this album is made through its production.

“Plastic Universe” is another Gibson epic for sure. Acoustic and haunting in the opening before exploding into the true climax of the album, Plastic Universe as a whole, plays fantastically well…like you’re right there and in on this whole ride with Sam from the beginning…and you knew it would all lead to these explosive final moments that are sure to make this album memorable.

It’s the authenticity in Sam and his ability to genuinely communicate that’ll give you hope it’s not an entirely Plastic Universe after all.

I think there’s a large comfort in that. On this album really. It sounds and feels incredibly close to you through its warm tones, melodic choices and a genuine feeling that Sam WANTS you to be right here with him, right now…

It’s the authenticity in Sam and his ability to genuinely communicate that’ll give you hope it’s not an entirely Plastic Universe after all.

Live cover

Posted on: June 9th, 2019 by Sam Gibson No Comments
Live cover of Dancing in the dark by Bruce Springsteen. Recorded at The Barrels Ale House , Berwick

New Music Video

Posted on: February 7th, 2019 by Sam Gibson No Comments

Here is the music video for I Got It All

Support Gigs

Posted on: October 30th, 2018 by Sam Gibson No Comments

Great news as Sam will be Supporting

both Kolars at the Head of Steam , Newcastle on the 2nd November


And will be supporting Otis Gibbs again at Gosforth Civic Theatre on the 3rd of November



Posted on: October 22nd, 2018 by Sam Gibson No Comments


My new single ”I Got It All” will be available to stream and download from the 2 of November (2/11/18)

Very excited to be releasing this new single which will feature on my next studio album to be released in the near future.

Thank you everyone for your continued support ❤

Swiss Tour Dates

Posted on: October 11th, 2018 by Sam Gibson No Comments

Swiss Tour 2018

Posted on: July 22nd, 2018 by Sam Gibson No Comments


Absolutely thrilled to announce that I will be heading over to the amazing country of Switzerland again this November
( 8/11/18 – 18/11/18)

Gigs are now getting booked so if you would like me to play at your venue, know someone that runs a venue or even SHARE this post that would be awesome.

Thanks so much see you soon #Switzerland 🇨🇭

Posted on: May 30th, 2018 by Sam Gibson No Comments

Tour Video

Posted on: December 9th, 2017 by Sam Gibson No Comments

Here is a new youtube video we made when i was on my Swiss tour.
Check it out hope you like it