Northern English transplant Paul McLaney has released several solo albums and collaborated with artists from Fly My Pretties to SJD and Anika Moa; Gramsci is the band moniker of the genre-crossing singer-songwriter, whose constant in his travels has been his guitar. “I’d wake up, play guitar. Have breakfast, play guitar. Go to school, play it some more and during lunch, then I’d come home. Play more guitar.” Gramsci has spawned the electronica-infused folk pop of Permanence (2000) and Object (2002), and the epic guitar rock of Like Stray Voltage (2005).
Gramsci was the brainchild of musician Paul McLaney; ‘Easy’, the first single off Gramsci's debut album Permanence, got plenty of airplay on radio network Channel Z. Perhaps incongruously for a band named after an Italian Marxist philosopher, the song has a loose'n'funky vibe. The simple black and white music video intercuts between a goateed McLaney performing the song, and a river scene. On the riverbed is a TV showing Gramsci’s performance, and a man on a mysterious mission.