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Melanie and Sean play The Boat Roonie, Leroy and Chanel The Simples play The Railway Club, Vancouver Burning Sound engineer Craig Burner with Melanie Milo a.k.a. Mugwai Sean Paul Baker and The Simples, Bakerstreet Studio Eartha-Ann warms up. The Simples release Beauty Salon at The Railway Club 2002 Soka Paul Baker and Mike (Mikey) Rogerson The Simples Live Scott Fletcher Simples fan Raunie Baker Lori Pappajohn
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RECORDED AND MIXED AT BAKER ST. PRODUCTIONS BY PAUL BAKER + LISA TYACK EXCEPT SONGS 3/10 RECORDED + MIXED BY SEAN McLAUGHLIN AND EARTHA ANN HANSON AT S.T.R.S. SONG 1 MIXED BY MIKE ROGERSON. MASTERED BY JAMIE SITAR AT SUITE SOUND LABS. DESIGN AND LAYOUT BY CATATONIC PRODUCTIONS. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOEH COUTU.
  • ALL MUSIC AND LYRICS BY : SEAN McLAUGHLIN
  • EARTHA ANN HANSON : VOCALS, B.G. VOCALS, TRUMPET
  • JOE FAZIO : DRUMS
  • SEAN McLAUGHLIN : VOCALS, B.G. VOCALS, ACOUSTIC GUITARS, ELECTRIC GUITARS, PIANO, BASS, KEYBOARDS, E-M1, SAMPLES, DRUMS, ALL DRUM PROGRAMMING
  • PRODUCED AND ARRANGED BY SEAN McLAUGHLIN
  • COPYRIGHT McLAUGHLIN SONGS 2006 SOCAN/ASCAP

EXCLAIM MAGAZINE (REVIEW)
Vancouver musician Sean McLaughlin is the sole brain trust of the Simples. Writing,arranging and performing everything save drums (by Joe Fazio) and trumpet, with some keys and vocals by Eartha-Ann Hanson, McLaughlin displays a remarkable knack for composition. The crashing opening of 'Building a Wall' recalls the epic tenderness of Coldplay's strongest moments but delivered with greater force. For every mature pop tendency visited with impeccable professionalism there is a matching diversion into more varied territory, like the sputtering electronics and trip-hop groove at the end of track three. Delicate folk strumming and muggy summertime melodies are as delicious to gulp down as fresh lemonade in the blistering heat, but never expect the Simples to rest too long in a comfort zone. Entering the albums final third, 'Makin'Mary Ann' touches briefly on the rock conventions that make Interpol popular before diving back into a lucid pool of ambient piano balladry and electro pop experiments. Already Gone Magnolias- is a great album to share with a loved one at bedtime.

-Scott A.Gray

THE VANCOUVER PROVINCE (REVIEW)

A wide-ranging album that has brief echoes of Nirvana and The Byrds to trip-hop, ALREADY GONE MAGNOLIAS points to Sean McLaughlin's ambition as a composer and arranger. There is more than pop and rock, but an admirable, unclassified diversity

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-Tom Harrison


  • Released in the fall of 2000.
  • Recorded by Paul Baker and Mike (Mikey) Rogerson at Bakerstreet St. Productions in North Vancouver.
  • All songs written and arranged by Sean McLaughlin.
    Copyright McLaughlin Songs 1999 SOCAN ascap

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THE FLY MAGAZINE U.K.(REVIEW)
With 1997s debut Nobody Loves An Albatross, The Simples seemed to believe the Beatles were still in the recording studio, sharing a bong with the House of Love. The Vancouver act jumped between dreamy and dark pop and sounded like a vintage recording act. Beauty Salon assumes the same and improves on their initial release. Led by guitarist Sean McLaughlin, who at times is vocally reminiscent of The Churchs' Steve Kilbey, McLaughlin has developed a straightforward pop sound with little use for noise or muscle-guitar workouts. Although the occasional lead guitar flourish surfaces as on the glorious, She Said or Forever. McLaughlinsurvives on melody. Beauty Salon is on the whole a strong follow-up. Word is that a few of the major labels are sniffling around their live shows.
-Stuart Derdeyn
NOBODY LOVES AN ALBATROSS (C.D.)
  • Released in the fall of 1997
  • Recorded on 2 inch tape and digitally mastered at
  • Burning Sound Studio in Burnaby, British Columbia
  • Produced by Sean McLaughlin
  • Engineered by Craig Burner
  • Featuring Melanie Sereda on cello
  • All songs written by Sean McLaughlin
  • Copyright 1997 SOCAN ascap
  • All rights reserved.

THE VANCOUVER PROVINCE (REVIEW)
The Simples more or less are North Vancouver's Sean McLaughlin, the writer and principal musician on most of this album's eight tracks. His low-keyed, understated approach is loaded with hidden hooks that take their time to dig in but stay that much longer. The Broken Shell has a haunting melody both heightened and underscored by cello and a plaintive vocal that summons a number of possible influences, most them English and including Syd Barrett, The Smiths, Nick Drake, even Robyn Hitchcock.
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-Tom Harrison

THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT (REVIEW)
With song titles like "It Pisses Me Off" and "Asshole Spaceman"' you expect the Simples to sound like a cross between Rage Against The Machine and Green Day. Surprisingly, the seven tracks on Nobody Loves An Albatross fall between the codein pop of Helium and the ragged indie pop of early Sebadoh. How much enjoyment you get out of the Simples depends entirely on your state of mind. Nobody Loves An Albatross isn't the album you want on the stereo when you're getting set to tear up the town on a Friday night. But as for those rainy nights when you don't feel like doing anything but unplugging the phone and holing up with a six pack of Labatts Blue, let's just say that Simples songwriter Sean McLaughlin sounds like a guy who's been there.
-Mike Usinger

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A scene from the "It Pisses Me Off" music video

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A scene from the "She Hates Me" music video.

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