“Mayhemingways work as hard as any Canadian band that tours these days…They can tell you which towns sit between Sault Ste. Marie and Thunder Bay from memory, and they can recommend where to eat in rural Saskatchewan. The vastness of their country and the extent of their touring are a surface theme on their second full-length album Skip Land.”
Mayhemingways emerged out of Peterborough, Ontario – a region with a strong musical reputation. Benj Rowland executes lead vocals and employs a mixed bag of instruments like banjo, bass pedals, mandolin, accordion, and acoustic guitar. Josh Fewings anchors the tunes on the drums and elevates the melody with harmony vocals. They are a strong musical duo that converges 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).
Mayhemingways have experienced a full and fulfilling five years to bring them to present day. The duo released their first EP engineered by James McKenty (Blue Rodeo, Cuff The Duke, The Weber Brothers) in 2013, and followed it up with a full length “Hunter St Blues” produced and engineered by Steve Loree (Ian Tyson, Corb Lund, Petunia). They have voyaged across Canada and back again, and again (and again), and set off for Europe gathering touring miles adding up to more than 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 the opening act, as well as 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 their brand new collection of songs. The new album Skip Land was released February 23rd, 2018. Picture East coast folk reels, Canadian highways, and morning-after kitchen party’s (Frances The Truck Driver, Troubles in The Basement), coupled with dark, floating folk dirges and longing, Appalachian-infused instrumentation. “Skip Land” places The Mayhemingways firmly in line with the heritage of their hometown of Peterborough; dark folk drenched melodies delivered with an electricity and veneer that shimmers within the space between the Rowland and Fewings.