Built upon a solid foundation of classic country music and bolstered by accordion, banjo and more, Peterborough folk duo the Mayhemingways makes a mighty amount of noise for only numbering two in the group. The duo is currently in the midst of an extensive Atlantic Canadian tour. They perform at Moncton’s Plan b Lounge tonight as the final date of their East Coast jaunt, which began on July 9 in St. Andrews.
Atlantic Canada has become a veritable second home for the group, hence the impressive amount of shows they have been able to perform over the course of the last month.
Mayhemingways vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Benj Rowland cites the group’s recent excursion to Newfoundland, which proved to be their best tour of the province yet.
“We have always felt it important to expand our horizons and play in places that might not always see traveling acts,” Benj says. “The great thing about Newfoundland is that we have toured there often, which has allowed us to make some really great friends while also building a rapport with our audience.”
Formed approximately two years ago with drummer Josh Fewings, Benj says that he and Josh never expressly set out to become a duo but more-less fell into the situation.
“When we started, the idea was to have what people would consider to be a ‘normal’ band with drums, a lead guitar player, etc. Slowly but surely, the lineup just got whittled down until it was only Josh and I remaining.”
Of course, being a duo doesn’t come without its share of potential challenges. On record, the band is able to beef up their sound almost infinitely but in the live setting, they face the obvious restrictions of each only being able to play one instrument at a time.
Benj insists that the lack of other players to fall back upon simply make him and Josh try that much harder:
“Only being two forces us to try harder to make every part of the music happen when we are playing live. On one hand, it makes for harder work for both Josh and I, but I actually really enjoy working as a duo.”
The Mayhemingways self-titled debut EP is available online at mayhemingways.bandcamp.com.
What: The Mayhemingways
When: Friday July 25, 9:00 p.m.
Where: Plan b Lounge, 212 St. George St., Moncton