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Mayqueen

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia | SELF

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia | SELF
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"Mayqueen in May"

Off the back of a successful performance at the 2012 Fuse Festival, Adelaide rockers Mayqueen will be heading back into the studio to finish work on their sophomore EP, set for release early Spring 2012. In the meantime, they are set to release a new single, Rudely Beautiful, and celebrate with some launch shows, including one at the Vineyard on Saturday 5 May with special guests The Vendettas. - themusic.com.au


"Mayqueen Release Rudely Beautiful, New Single"

ADELAIDE ROCKERS MAYQUEEN WILL RELEASE NEW SINGLE “RUDELY
BEAUTIFUL” (MAY 1ST ) FOR FREE DOWNLOAD ON TRIPLE J UNEARTHED WITH LAUNCH SHOWS IN ADELAIDE AND MELBOURNE.
Off the back of a successful performance at the 2012 FUSE Festival FUSE East showcase, Adelaide rockers Mayqueen will be heading back into the studio to finish work on their sophomore EP, set for release early Spring 2012. The band have been working with music industry veteran Brett Sody at Sodypop studios in Norwood, SA and have taken a much more live based approach recording this time round, tracking all the instruments live and using minimal overdubs. This new approach, coupled with the transition of the bands song writing into more riff based music, has this new record capturing the amount of pure energy that punters can feel when Mayqueen take to the stage.
While they are waiting for the EP’s release, fans will be able to download new single “Rudely Beautiful” (May 1st) free on Triple J Unearthed (www.triplejunearthed.com.au/mayqueen) where current single “What You Leavin’ For?” is also available for free download.
The launch of “Rudely Beautiful” will be accompanied by launch shows in St. Kilda VIC @ The Vineyard, May 5th and Glenelg SA @ The Jetty Bar, May 12th. This will be the bands second trip to Victoria and they are looking forward to sharing the stage with their new friends The Vendettas once again and bringing their high energy live show to new audiences.
Frontman Trav Mullan comments “We’re really looking forward to getting on the road again, we had such a good time when we headed interstate for the first time to Geelong back in November and we’re really keen to book as many dates as possible for the EP launch tour in Spring.”
To find out more about Mayqueen head to
www.facebook.com/mayqueenband - Only Australian Music


"the AU interview: Trev Griffin of Mayqueen (Adelaide)"

I catch up with the lead singer of Adelaide rock outfit, Mayqueen, ahead of their appearance at the 2012 Fuse Festival.

Hey Trev, thanks for the chat! How’s your morning?

Hey I’m going well. It’s going pretty good, I’ve got the day off, so I’m just chilling out.

FUSE is coming up next week and Mayqueen are performing alongside The Battery Kids, Stomp the Dog and My Echo. Should be a great gig!

Yeah, hopefully! We’ve been getting right into promotions, so hopefully it should be pretty big.

This is the band’s second appearance at the FUSE festival, right?

Yeah, our second ‘official’ one. In 2009, it must’ve been, they were still setting it up differently, where you had to book your own venue and everything, and there were a few issues... we didn’t get our registration in on time, so we still played the gig but we weren’t part of the official showcase.

Considering you’ve done it before, were there experiences from that year that have affected the set you’ll be bringing this year?

Not so much with the performance, but with putting the effort in with promoting and actually getting the word out to delegates and stuff. Last year we all kind of left it to the last minute and didn’t send very emails out. No more being slack, we’ve got to get right on it!

There really is that focus on the bands doing their own promotion work, isn’t there?

Oh definitely. Because we’re self-managed as well...

Seeing as the FUSE Festival is as much about the industry meeting and observing live music as it is about punters being able to catch some free gigs – do you feel any sense of pressure when it comes to showcasing your music in this way?

Not that I’ve really thought about. I mean performing for me, is like...I go into a different mindset as soon as I get on stage and it all becomes a bit of a blur. I don’t really worry about that sort of thing because I know that I’m going to be putting 110% of my energy into putting on a good show. I never know how it’s going to turn out, but hopefully it’s all good!

The Unibar has the potential to pull a decent crowd – would it be one of the bigger stages you’ve played?

Yeah definitely, it’s going to be really good to have some room with everyone else on stage; I won’t be smacking my head into guitar heads and things like that!

For the live set up, how involved is everything? How many instruments are we talking?

Well we’re a five-piece set up, so we’ve got two guitars, bass, drums and me. So a lot of the stages in Adelaide can get pretty cramped!

How would you describe the process you take in approaching live shows, as a performer?

Yeah, most of the songs that we play in the live set, we’ve gotten pretty tight because we’ve been together for about three years. We just go up there and let it flow, I guess.

Speaking of influences, for those who might not know much about Mayqueen, how would you describe the vibe and sound of the band?

I would normally say that it’s pretty straight out rock. We have influences from classic rock from Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Hendrix, all that kind of stuff, through to nineties grunge and a bit more hardcore, like Soundgarden. We’ve also got a bit of more modern rock too, like Jet, Foo Fighters, all that rolled into a ball!

The media release I have says the band spent most of last year writing and recording – can you tell me a bit about the release I’m assuming will happen this year?

Yeah! We’re working around a few of us who are still studying and all of that, we’re planning touring in our holidays. We’re thinking, hopefully, an EP in the second half of the year, hopefully before. We’re trying to get interstate as much as we can between now and then, just to go over for a few short trips.

How hard is it, managing a band and having studying commitments at the same time, then?

It kind of works pretty well actually, because I’m studying Stage Management, so the skills are kind of crossing over into band management. That’s been really helpful. Over the past year I’ve met more people in the industry, mainly through TAFE, so it’s not been too bad. The course isn’t full on, so I’ve had a lot of time to work on it. It’s been alright, but it still does get in the way a bit because sometimes I’ll have production periods where I’m at TAFE twelve hours a day for a few weeks. Apart from that, it’s been pretty good.

In general, what’s the writing and production process been like for the band? Would you say it’s easy to get your music out and circulating healthily down here?

Not particularly, no. It comes back to us being slack once again; we often forget to take copies of our first EP to shows! We really need to start getting onto that sort of stuff! But apart from that, I don’t think live rock music has a really big local scene in Adelaide; metal and hardcore get a few more people out than usual but apart from that, most gigs I go to, I just don’t see the people out. I’m trying to figure out why that is...

You said that the band will be playing interstate as much as you can this year; have you ever thought about doing some recording interstate?

Oh not really. The way we recorded the tracks we have for the EP...we actually won the opportunity to go to a local studio in Norwood. We went in there and because it was a prize kind of thing, we didn’t want to take up heaps of his time so we decided to track all the instruments live. The ones we’ve done so far, we hadn’t actually overdubbed at all so it sounds really cool. We like that semi-raw, rock and roll feel to it.

Cool stuff! I know there’s going to be many, many acts performing all over the place when the FUSE is on, how would you pitch your show?

Well I reckon, the way I normally pitch it is that it’s just high energy and non-stop! The feedback I always get is that even if people aren’t particularly into rock music or anything, after they listen to us, they go, “I really don’t listen to stuff like what you guys do, but that was really amazing!” I think that the energy that we put into it, makes the show, even to people who don’t get into the music always.

Well thanks for the chat and best of luck!

Awesome, thanks so much for the opportunity! - The AU Review


"State of Sound - Mayqueen"

Local rock band Mayqueen are looking forward to participating in Loud and Loaded, a charity gig for DiabetesSA, at which the young band will be playing alongside other local acts Burn Collect, Tabula Rasa and Guilt Free at Fowlers Live. It will also mark the first time the band has graced the stage at that venue, although vocalist Trav Griffin and Drummer Alex Upton, have played Fowlers as members of previous projects.

Mayqueen, a rockin' five piece who most certainly cite Led Zeppelin as a major influence, formed a couple of years ago when Guitarist's Jack Cunningham and Jasper Morris got together to play a blues gig. Since then, drummer Alex Upton has joined the fold along with singer Trav and they have recently engaged the services of a funky young bass player, in the form of the snappy dresser, Aidan Jones.
"He's the youngest member - he's still only 17 - but Aidan's quite the genius on the bass" Trav enthuses.

The band's upcoming charity gig has been organised by MusicSA.
"They approached us about the show because of having seen us play Carclew's Off the Couch," Trav states. "And we've played with Burn Collect and Guilt Free before. We played a Fuse Festival showcase with Guilt Free earlier this year."

The band are using there debut EP "Gotta Get Out" more as a promotional tool rather than using it to get rich quickly.
"Yeah, we've probably given away more copies than we've sold," Trav laughs. "But it's good to get it out there."
The bands Drummer, Alex Upton, came in very handy when they recorded their debut EP.
"He'd done a sound engineering diploma course so we recorded it at the studio at Adelaide Uni while he was there doing his degree.
"But we've since been recoding a lot of stuff at home because we've now got a lot of gear. So, for our next CD, wen will record it at home and just take it somewhere to get mixed. We've already done a few tracks but we're just taking our time really."
"and we're looking forward to getting over to Melbourne at some stage," Trav continues, "we've made contact with a band over there and just waiting for them to organise a gig. It's a band that played Scorcherfest last year and are coming over to play it again this year."

Mayqueen have also entered the Local and Live band competition several times and have made it into the finals on a number of occasions.
"When we played in the final of Local and Live last year, we had just come form doing a set at Scorcherfest earlier that afternoon. So, because we were so pumped up, it was one of the best sets we had ever done.
"And playing band competitions means you get to see a lot of bands you might not normally see," Trav concludes, "We've seen a lot of bands we'd never heard of before playing the Local and Live comp."

Mayqueen play the all-ages Load and Loaded event at Fowler's Live on Fir Sep 17 with Burn Collect, Tabula Rasa and Guilt free. All proceeds from the night, which will include a barbecue for peckish punters, will be going straight to DiabetesSA. - Article by Robert Dunstan, Rip it Up magazine, 16th September, 2010


"Rising in Seconds"

Always the bridesmaid, hard rock band Mayqueen has tasted second prize twice in as many years. But that doesn't faze the five musicians Jack Cunnigham, Jasper Morris, Trevor Grifin, ALex Upton and Aiden Jones one bit.

The local boys fell just short of the top win at the Local and Live competition at the Gaslight Tavern last month, but Cunningham says the band actually prefers the second prize - a two track recording deal.

This years award together with last years second prize in the competition enables the band to record a four-track EP which they hope will be released by the end of the year. Guitarist Cunningham never considered the result with 32 bands competing in the annual event. "We thought we'd be third or fourth, not second," he says.

Not only that, Jones, of Mclaren Flat, was awarded best bass player in the entire competition, walking away with a $500 gift voucher. "He was very stoked with that," Cunningham, of Glenelg South says.

Playing all original songs, the band has a sound described by Cunningham as "hard rock with '70s classic rock influences," chiefly Led Zeppelin. Contemporary influences Audio Slave and Foo Fighters.

Mayqueem, Scorcher Fest, Duke of York, Sunday, October 3rd. Tickets www.bandtogetherinc.com or at the door - Guardian Messenger Newspaper, September 29, 2010


Discography

Single - Gotta Get Out
EP - Gotta Get Out

Single - What You Leavin' For'

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During our career Mayqueen have shared the stage with such acts as Dexter Jones, Lady Strange Love, Tracer, King of the North, Riot Runners to name a few. They have performed at a large majority of Adelaide venues including Fowlers Live, Jive, Enigma and Producers Bar and recently made our first interstate trip to The Bended Elbow in Geelong. We have also been regular performers at local music festival 'ScorcherFest'. Our Music has featured on ThreeD Radio, Radio Adelaide and Coast FM in Adelaide, 94.7 The Pulse and Triple M in Victoria and Gloucester FM and Triple M in NSW.

Mayqueen, Adelaide melodic hard rock that will blow you away by means of soaring, punchy vocals backed by meaty, savage riffs and shredding solos, in combination with the pure, tangible energy and overwhelming sense of enjoyment that radiates from the stage wherever they may go.

With influences such as the mighty Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Hendrix, Audioslave, Soundgarden, Jet, Powderfinger and The Foo Fighters, Mayqueen strives to bring rock back in to the ears of their generation

Mayqueen's current line up came to fruition in 2009.
This year saw the bands first release "Gotta get out," (Independent release, available for purchase at shows and selected record stores) after gaining their chops gigging a large percentage of Adelaide venues, leaving many a bar soaked with sweat and beer.
Their debut single, the title track from the EP was played on Triple M in Melbourne and Sydney 5 nights in a row as a part of Radar Radio's unsigned segment on the stations request show, hosted by Ugly Phil.
To top off a great year, Mayqueen placed 2nd in the Local and Live Band Competition held at the Bull & Bear, battling against 31 other local Adelaide bands. As a result they won a two track recording deal at Sody Pop Studios, with both tracks to be produced by Alex Tomlin.

2010 saw Mayqueen achieve just as much. In March they headlined Carclew's Off the Couch Rock Show at Jive in front of a packed crowd. They were voted best act for the evening, and were awarded a free day of recording at Fattrax Studio as a result. They also managed to again achieve a second placing in the 2010 Local and Live competition. This set in motion the writing and recording of their sophomore EP, to be released early Spring 2012.

In the lead up to this, the band will be releasing 2 singles, the first of which "What You Leavin' For?" Available now and "Rudely Beautiful" (May 1st)

The launch of "What You Leavin' For?" took the band on it's first journey across state borders to play their first Victorian show at The Bended Elbow in Geelong. It was a great success and has the lads very excited for their planned national EP launch tour.

2012 is looking like it will a big year for Mayqueen, so stay tuned to the rise of one of the future great live acts of Australia.