Mayhemingways are a strong musical duo that converge with “mind-bending and original music with deep roots in the tradition of dark North American folk” (Tom Wilson – Blackie and the Rodeo Kings & Lee Harvey Osmond). Benj Rowland executes lead vocals and employs a mixed bag of folk instruments like banjo, mandolin, accordion, and acoustic guitar. Josh Fewings anchors the tunes on the drums and elevates the melody with harmony vocals.
The duo released their first EP in 2013, engineered by James McKenty (Blue Rodeo, Cuff The Duke, The Weber Brothers) and followed it up with the full-length “Hunter St Blues”, produced and engineered by Steve Loree (Ian Tyson, Corb Lund, Petunia). They have voyaged across Canada and Europe, racking up the touring miles and playing over 600 shows together. Their most recent tour was with acclaimed Canadian rock figure Joel Plaskett and his father Bill on their “Solidarity” release tour, which had the Mayhemingways employed as both the opening act and the backing band for the Plasketts each night.
The duo returned to Steve Loree’s Nanton, Alberta studio during a welcome February Chinook in 2017 to have him produce “Skip Land”, released in February of 2018.
The opening and title track of “Skip Land” plays out like a soundtrack to a drive along the Otonabee River on a humid summer’s day. Fuzzy highway radio-dial stations come in and out below a mid-tempo snare drum march and a claw hand banjo line, weaving together to guide the listener down the road. “Skip Land” places The Mayhemingways firmly in line with the heritage of their home town of Peterborough; dark folk drenched melodies delivered with an electricity and veneer that shimmers within the space between the duo.