Hannah Macklin & The Maxwells

Hannah Macklin & The Maxwells

 Ashgrove, Queensland, AUS
BandAlternativeSoul

Borne from the innermost depths of a cavernous imagination is MKO, the brainchild of Brisbane based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist and producer Hannah Macklin - a vehicle for her immense output of electronica, r’n’b and future soul.

Biography

“When I was a little girl, I swore I’d marry a Maxwell one day…”

You enter the joint. You cast your eyes and tune your ears to the sight and sound of Hannah Macklin & The Maxwells – beginning with their vivacious, curvaceous ringleader. Echoing shades of Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding and Stevie Wonder with a nod to Rufus Wainwright and Bjork is the voice of the exuberant and always animated Hannah Macklin. Soaring, sweet, scratchy or smooth, her vocals stun, and her infectious stage presence draws you right up to the stage ‘til you’re bumping and grinding, and treading on each other’s toes. Hannah doesn’t mind. She’s been eyeing you off for a while.

You now suss out the sharp-threaded mob of Maxwells surrounding their singer. What is a Maxwell? He is dapper; a snappy dresser and a sharp talker. He is fine-suited and thin-tied, and he oozes charisma. He never kisses and tells… but he kisses, and how! Watch him tear up a mean funk tune on stage, then charm every Maxette in the joint with one wink of the eye. What is a Maxette? Big hair, red lips, deadly curves and her own brand of groove, a Maxette is a Maxwell’s genetically-engineered love match. You’re going to want to get to know these people.

Hannah Macklin & The Maxwells deliver smart, sassy tunes in all forms – think 50s-flavoured rockabilly, 60s-flavoured soul, 70s-flavoured funk, 80s-inspired hair and 90s-flavoured groove. You’ll feel like you’ve been zapped into the past to a rowdy blues bar hotspot, or an underground funk club surrounded by a cloudy haze, or a 50s-style diner doing the lindy-hop on checkered floorboards. Then snap! Mod turns to ultra-modern, and you’re thrust into the future. Unique songwriting, wacky riffs and clever, poetic lyrics are all hip to the music of today, and beyond. “That perfect blend of old and new comes together like peanut butter and honey on toast.”(Scene Magazine.)

Recent winners in the YouBloom International Songwriting Competition, Hannah Macklin & The Maxwells have received much attention since their formation in early 2010. Still a fresh-faced youth, the band has played alongside some of Brisbane’s freshest musical offerings, including Band of Frequencies, The Kelly Gang, Chocolate Strings, Pear & The Awkward Orchestra and Emma Dean - and, in their first ever show, supported the incredible Katie Noonan to a sold-out audience at The Globe. Collectively, the band’s experience stretches internationally, including performances and study in the USA, China and Korea, as well as a multitude of national tours and festivals.

"Imagine an oldschool sound that's syrupy and soulful with shards of Pharrell Williams and a bit of Kate Bush…” SCENE MAGAZINE

“At 21, Macklin is already a remarkably assured singer… she is also a gifted composer…” THE AGE

“A very likable stage persona…” THE COURIER MAIL

“Hannah is a vibrant, talented young vocalist and musician with an intense dedication to her art...” KATIE NOONAN

Lyrics

Fisheye Pirate

Written By: Hannah Macklin

I’m gonna make a boat out of a satellite dish
Bring colour TV to all the little fish that are
Swimming upstream in a technicolour river
I made them all a promise now it’s time to deliver

My satellite ship with a fish-eyed crew
The sails are made of dresses that I stole from you
I’ve got a telescope made from a plastic cup
Paddles with rattles so all the fishes wake up

Chorus
Do you want to come sailing on the ceiling?
Do you want to go swimming in an icicle sea, for you and me?
Do you want to get aboard my pirate boat; the stolen sails assure we’ll float
If you were a dragon and I was a moat would you swim in me?
Or would you drink me dry?
You always were a thirsty guy.

I’m gonna make the bottom from a bottle of gin
A glass-bottom boat so we can see the fishy fins as they
Settle down to watch the evening news
If they look up they’ll be able to see the bottoms of our shoes

Tapping in time with the lapping of the water
Waves crash around us and you know that I adore ya
It’s half past two but you’re looking wide awake
Time to drop the anchor and make, make, make, make

Chorus

I’m turning all the dials on my pocket radio
Gonna drop it in the sea to let the little fishes know
That my shoes are filled with water and my brain is filled with you
My blood is red hot against the ocean blue

Chorus

Come sail with me into my pirate sea
Don’t worry about a boat, just come swimming in my moat

Inky Pen

Written By: Hannah Macklin

You know the right words to write
Able to go without whiting out the letters in your letters
And your handwriting is remarkably easy to read
But sometimes you blot

So when I’m reading this prose in rows
I find that my eye goes to smudge on the right
And you write so remarkably lovely to read
But I have to stop

And it’s these little things like a coffee drop on a phrase
That has my mind in a mess, and my heart in hoop for days

Now the words are blurry and the paper drips
Now the speech is slurry through the coffee sips
But my mind grows furry and my heart does flips for you
My little inky pen
You’re my little inky pen

I make my home in your top jacket pocket
I come in handy on meetings with Andy or anyone
And I note-take so very efficiently
But sometimes I blot

And now on your brand new clean white favourite shirt
I’ve messed it up, messed it up, made it dirty
Will I be doing this til I’m forty or thirty?
Will you have to stop?

And you wonder why I keep driving you crazy
Hell I don’t know, all I know is that I love you baby

Now the words are blurry and the paper drips
Now the speech is slurry through the coffee sips
But my mind grows furry and my heart does flips for you
My little inky pen
You’re my little inky pen

And you drip, and you drop, and you’ve made a spot on my new paper
Just a little, not a lot, definitely not enough to make me hate ya
Oh oh little inky pen, you do not have to stop your drippin’
Oh oh little inky pen, you do not have to stop your drippin’, your drippin’
Cos I don’t mind it at all

Now the words are blurry and the paper drips
Now the speech is slurry through the coffee sips
But my mind grows furry and my heart does flips for you
My little inky pen
You’re my little inky pen

The Remedy

Written By: Hannah Macklin

If it’s raining when you come my way
Then bring the weather with you
I’ll do anything to keep you dry
You know I’ll try, you know I’ll try

And if your day’s gone down a slippery slope
Then slide on over
I’ll be able to catch your fall and break your stride
At the end of the ride, the end of the ride

Cos time is the remedy, but in the meantime you’d better be by my side
Yeah in the meantime you’d better stay cos
Time is the remedy, but in the meantime you’d better be by my side
Yeah in the meantime you’d better be by my side

(So just take your time, take your sweet time
So just take your time, in the meantime)

If you’ve gambled all your luck away then
Take all my pennies
We’ll shine ‘em up real good, and turn your luck back round to you
I’ll help if you want me to

And I’ve got time for you in the middle of the night if you
Just need a shoulder to cry on
I’ve got two of those that are free whenever you like

Cos time is the remedy, but in the meantime you’d better be by my side
Yeah in the meantime you’d better stay cos
Time is the remedy, but in the meantime you’d better be by my side
Yeah in the meantime you’d better be by my side

And one day in the future, not so far away
When the minutes have turned to hours and the hours to days
We’ll be lying on our backs, just watching the cloudy sky
And a distant foggy haze will pass you by, oh yeah

Cos time is the remedy, but in the meantime you’d better be by my side
Yeah in the meantime you’d better stay cos
Time is the remedy, but in the meantime you’d better be by my side
Yeah in the meantime you’d better be by my side

(So just take your time, take your sweet time
So just take your time, in the meantime)

Life Automatic

Written By: Hannah Macklin

Springtime, birds mothering their young
When summer comes the plants grow dry
We watch them fly, or run to lighter skies

Automatic, creatures of habit
Born and raised up by Mother Nature

And everything that she oversees
Is how it’s all supposed to be
No questions, inspections from a human like me

Automatic, creatures of habit
Born and raised up by Mother Nature

When everything around me is fallin’ into place
How do I be in that head space?
When everything within me is feelin’ out of place
How do I do it with nature’s grace?
The seasons don’t need a reason to change
And the flowers all arrange themselves as they see fit
And lately me and manually don’t agree
So for the next little while I’m gonna try life automatic
Kick it into gear
Kick it into gear

Stormy weather may often pass this way
And I am powerless to stray
No running when sunny days are grey

I take it on the chin, let nature make its decision
Cos I’m just part of the wager

So I hand over my control
I’m letting go
Let’s see what I can be without my own

I take it on the chin, let nature make its decision
Cos I’m just part of the wager

When everything around me is fallin’ into place
How do I be in that head space?
When everything within me is feelin’ out of place
How do I do it with nature’s grace?
The seasons don’t need a reason to change
And the flowers all arrange themselves as they see fit
And lately me and manually don’t agree
So for the next little while I’m gonna try life automatic
Kick it into gear
Kick it into gear
Kick it into gear
Kick it into gear

Discography

HANNAH MACKLIN & THE MAXWELLS - DEBUT ALBUM - TITLE & RELEASE DATE TBA (early 2011!)

"Paper Cranes" - Macklin & Newcomb. EP. Release January, 2010. Airplay on Triple J, 4zzz, ABC Jazz Radio, PBS (Melbourne), ArtSound (Canberra), Eastside Radio (Sydney).

"Stop, Stop, Go"- The Hannah Macklin Band. EP. Released May, 2008. Airplay on 4zzz, PBS (Melbourne) and ABC Dig Jazz Radio.

"Sneaky, Sneaky Sky"- Hannah Macklin & Steve Newcomb. EP. Released 2008. Airplay on 4zzz.

Set List

ALL ORIGINAL REPERTOIRE:

Worldwide Tapestry
Moon Illuminating
The Do
Creep
The Remedy
Tightrope
Breathe (In)
Inky Pen
Dirty Laundry
The Science
Fruit Tingles
Rock Wall
Life Automatic
The Walls