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Eugene McGuinness
Eugene McGuinness performing
Background information
Birth nameEugene Michael McGuinness
Also known asEugene + the Lizards
Born (1985-08-11) 11 August 1985 (age 36)[1]
Leytonstone, London, England
GenresIndie rock
Years active2007–present
WebsiteEugene McGuiness' Domino Minisite

Eugene Michael McGuinness[1] (born 11 August 1985[1] in Leytonstone, London) is an English singer-songwriter and frontman of Eugene + the Lizards.

Music career

McGuinness's first release, The Early Learnings of Eugene McGuinness, was released on 6 August 2007[2] on Domino Records' sublabel Double Six Records.[3] Although the extended play was less than half an hour long, it received praise from critics. BBC reviewer Chris White called it "brimful with ideas" and stated that McGuinness's voice on the record "soars euphorically and coos playfully with equal aplomb".[2] Drowned in Sound gave the EP a rating of 9/10, saying "McGuinness has a way with words that's quite remarkable".[3] However, despite gaining the backing of its critics, it failed to chart in the United Kingdom.

Following the good response of Learnings, he went on to release his eponymous debut album, Eugene McGuinness, on the Domino label on 13 October 2008.[4] Unlike the last release, Eugene McGuinness is a full-length album with 12 tracks.[5] The album received generally positive reviews from critics. Drowned in Sound labelled it "a bold and confident piece of brilliance, equally off kilter as it is tenderly raw".[6] The BBC said that the album "runs the formative gamut of angsty, carefree, happy-sad, hormone-fuelled, late-teens emotions with a solipsistic disregard for any feelings but his own".[4] NME gave the album 8 out of 10, and The Times named it their album of the week. Meanwhile, an Observer journalist called the album "busily eclectic but... can make no great claims to originality".[7] AllMusic gave it 4 out of 5 stars, saying that "the arrival of Eugene McGuinness a true cause for celebration".[8]

McGuinness began playing as Eugene + the Lizards, along with his brother Dominic McGuinness, Malcolm Lunan and John Barrett. On 30 November 2009, they released their first album together, Glue. It was originally released as a six-track limited edition 10" vinyl record, which then came with a digital code to download all six tracks plus the additional four tracks online for free, though the full album is now available on iTunes and AmazonMp3.

Alongside playing as a session and tour member for Miles Kane, McGuinness finished the recording of his third album in London. The Invitation to the Voyage was released on 6 August 2012,[9] and contained the singles "Lion", "Thunderbolt", "Shotgun" and "Harlequinade".






  1. ^ a b c Index of Births, Marriages and Deaths in England and Wales, 1984–2005.
  2. ^ a b "Eugene McGuinness – The Early Learnings of Eugene McGuinness". BBC. 27 July 2007. Retrieved 10 January 2009.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b "Eugene McGuinness – The Early Learnings of Eugene McGuinness". Drowned in Sound. 6 August 2007. Archived from the original on 5 October 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2009.
  4. ^ a b "Eugene McGuinness – Eugene McGuinness". BBC. 10 October 2008. Retrieved 10 January 2009.
  5. ^ "Eugene McGuinness announces debut album details". NME. 8 September 2008. Retrieved 10 January 2009.
  6. ^ "Eugene McGuinness – Eugene McGuinness". Drowned in Sound. 13 October 2008. Archived from the original on 10 December 2008. Retrieved 10 January 2009.
  7. ^ Carnwath, Ally (12 October 2008). "Rock review: Eugene Mcguinness, Eugene McGuinness". The Observer. London. Retrieved 10 January 2009.
  8. ^ "Eugene McGuinness – Eugene McGuinness – Songs, Reviews, Credits – AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  9. ^ "The Invitation to the Voyage". Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  10. ^ "New Eugene McGuinness album released 3rd July – Music News". 20 April 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Lost Illusions, by Eugene McGuinness". Retrieved 13 February 2021.