The McMenamins

The McMenamins

 Brisbane, Queensland, AUS
BandFolkAmericana

The McMenamins are a brother sister duo, delivering original acoustic music. The siblings' honeyed vocal harmonies and intricate instrumentals delve through a range of genres to create their own brand of folk / alt country.

Biography

The McMenamins create a unique brand of Folk / Alt Country with their honeyed vocal harmonies, infectious lyrics and intricate instrumental soundscapes. This combined with their more high-energy material bordering on folk rock along with their uplifting country tunes, makes up the broad range of subject matter and styles their music covers. Both taught classically from a young age the duos sound has been described as a delightful brand of Country Folk & "Beautiful Acoustica".

The duo have just wrapped up a national tour supporting the release of their 4th Album "Sand and Stone' which included 2 performances at the 2013 Byron Bay Bluesfest. The album was released in March through MGM distribution and came in at number 3 in the AMRAP Airit's Great Southern Charts. The new album, tour and publicity campaign received state and federal government funding after the duo returned home from their second tour of the US in March 2012 where they played shows in the NorthWest, Texas and Tennessee including an Official Showcase at the 2012 International Folk Alliance in Memphis and performances at the Americana Music Festival in Nashville in 2011.

Fleur and Simon have been performing together since 2003 in leading venues, and major festivals, supporting and touring with top artists (including Missy Higgins, Angus & Julia Stone, The Waifs, Ray LaMontagne, Jason Mraz, Toni Childs, Serena Ryder, to name only a few). Recent Festival appearances include the 2013 Byron Bay Bluesfest, 2012 Folk Alliance International in Memphis, 2011 Americana Music Festival Nashville, Canadian Music Week Toronto, The Woodford Folk Festival, Tamworth Country Music Festival, Peats Ridge, Festival of The Sun, Nannup Music Festival, and the Tablelands Folk Festival.

Their four independent releases have all been met with critical acclaim and gained significant airplay on ABC, Triple J, along with many other national, international and internet radio stations. All three albums are released digitally internationally through SugarRush Records.

The duo performed an official showcase at Brisbane's Bigsound and at the 2012 Queensland Music Awards Ceremony after their song 'Umbrella Town' won the Regional QMA in 2011. This was their 5th QLD Music Award nomination and second win after their song 'How It Is' won in 2007 as well as reaching the finals of the Independent Music Awards (IMAs) in the same year. Their song'63 Years' won the 2011 'Country & Folk' Category in the OzSong International Songwriting Competition. These are only a few among a number of credible song awards and nominations in their career to date.

The McMenamins are long standing members of the Australian Music industry, with a profile and reputation as a hardworking independent Aussie folk/alt country act. With consistent airplay and appearances throughout Australia, they are now taking their music to international stages and markets.

Lyrics

Wayside

Written By: Fleur McMenamin

Got my suitcases all lined up in a row, yeah just in case I need to pack up and go.
Leaving on a big jet plane one of these days.
My Tv's broken but that's ok I been listening to the radio a lot more these days.
Playin on my guitar at the same time.
Maybe one of these days you'll come by, maybe one of these days you'll return one of my favours and maybe one day later, you'll learn my middle names. But if it's all the same, I rather keep 'em by the wayside.
Yeah I'll be by the wayside, I'll be by the wayside.
So if you're lookin for me, that's where I'll be.
Got the moon outside my big red window, it wasn't on my side the night I let you know.
When my heart gets carried away my head will usually follow.
And you'll come by maybe one of these days and you'll appologise for the mistakes you made.
I'm not gonna want to hear it just so you know.
Yeahs and maybe one of these days you'll come by, maybe one of these days you'll return one of my favours and maybe one day later, you'll learn my middle names. But if it's all the same, I rather keep 'em by the wayside.
Yeah I'll be by the wayside, I'll be by the wayside.
So if you're lookin for me, that's where I'll be.
Winter's coming on I know and I have the feeling that it's gonna go the same old way that it's gone, every other year baby.
Without you here, oh but I'll be by the wayside, I'll be by the wayside, yeah well I'll be by the wayside.
So if you're lookin for me, that's where I'll be.

How It Is

Written By: The McMenamins

So you said it was the first time
the magic just appeared.
Said it was like a little miracle.
So you said it was the beginning of something and you got the hunger now, said it was a happening worth hapening and it'll stay with you somehow.
I just stood there and smiled, I just looked at you for a while, like I been waiting for you to put it so beautifully.
Yeah I just stood there and listened to you, like I wanted to understand it right. Like I wanted the light in your eyes to spread into mine.
Like I been waiting for you to realise how it is, and how it's gonna be baby.
So the whole world's still your problem, but its a much lighter load. Like everything up till now has been leading to this point in the road. And you never thought it would happen to you, and now it has you can't believe your luck. Like the reason for everything's revealed itself and it's following you around.
And I just stood there and smiled, I just looked at you for a while, like I been waiting for you to put it so beautifully. Yeah I just stood there and listened to you, like I wanted to understand it right, like I wanted the light in your eyes to spread into mine.
Like I been waiting for you to realise, how it is. How it's gonna be baby. How it is. How it's gonna be baby. Evie.

The Last Rain

Written By: Fleur McMenamin

Been sittin' on the front porch at the bottom of the mountains back home.
You can hear the distant thunder like a train rollin' along.
We been sittin' hear cursing, taking the lord's name in vain.
We been waiting for him, to bring on the rain.

Been a lot of things happen here, since the last storms came,
and the clouds are getting darker up there, gathering up their rage.
They been sitting up there deciding when to open up on us again,
As the storm is coming down from the range.

When it comes it'll shake the earth just like before, and the mountains, you're gonna hear them roar roar roar.
In the eye your gonna cry out all of the prophets names, cause its been such a long time since the last rains came.
Yeah its been such a long time since the last rains came.

When its over and the rainbows arch across the sky, it'll be calm as hell and soon it'll be just as dry dry dry.
It'll be more than just the terror you're gonna have to face this time.
It'll be your love lost, and it'll be mine.

When it comes it'll shake the earth just like before, and the mountains, you're gonna hear them roar roar roar.
In the eye your gonna cry out all of the prophets names, cause its been such a long time since the last rains came.
Yeah its been such a long time since the last rains came.
Yeah its been such a long time since the last rains came.

Pretty soon we'll be on the front porch at the bottom of the mountains back home,
and we'll hear the distant thunder like a train rollin' along.
We'll be sittin' there cursing, taking the lords name in vain, and we'll be waiting for him to bring on the rain.
We'll be waiting for him, to bring on the rain.

What it takes

Written By: The McMenamins

I wonder how long the road you're travelling,
and I wonder what helped you on your way.
I wonder wide the load you're carrying,
and I wonder what it would take to make you stay.
Yeah I wonder what it would take to make you stay.
The harder I try to understand you,
the more you seem to elude.
The harder I try to get through, the easier it is for you. The easier it is for you.
Well I was travelling just fine before you came,
and I will travel on again when you're gone,
but you're unravellin my heart and leaving it behind you again,
and I don't have the time to wind it back up again.
Never should have fallen for you. Never should have fallen for you.
Still you keep your eye on the road and your hands on the wheel,
and you'll remember what helped you on your way,
and maybe you'll widen the load you're carrying...
until you find what it takes to make you stay.
Until you find what it takes to make you stay. Until you find what it takes to make you stay....

Ache Little Heart

Written By: The McMenamins

Ache Little Heart
weep little tears,
all torn apart
over the years.

Love fell away
joy disappeared
ache little heart
weep little tears.

Remember the day
when blue filled the sky
then angels came down
and dark took the light.

Release now the hands
that let yours slip through
forget all the pain
and recall your youth.

Close both your eyes
your fortune is told
picture them near
unburden your soul.

Ache Little heart
weep little tears
rest now my love
glory is here.

63 Years

Written By: Fleur McMenamin

It was a very dark, the day we said goodbye.
Looked like the clouds were here to stay, they took up the whole sky.
You lost your love of 63 years, still you sat me down and you offered me a home brewed beer.
I looked over at the empty lounge room chair, and you spoke as if she were still there.

(Chorus)
So I wish you hope, and I wish you faith, and if there’s a god up there I wish you all of his grace,
And I offer you love love love, and the smile on my face, and I offer you a piece of every one of my blue sky days.
And if I could I would offer you time, I’d offer you 63 more years with her by your side.
But as it is I can only offer you mine, and we’ll carry on just like this.

You sailed over the seas that year, and you flew through enemy skies.
You found your love and brought her back here with you, and tonight you let her lie.

And you smiled when you said goodbye
Cause you found wisdom that passes most of us by.
So you can keep your heart from breaking in two,
Cause you know now as long as you are here, they are here with you .
(Rpt chorus)

Umbrella Town

Written By: Fleur McMenamin

Well we moved up here from way down south a couple years ago,
We’d heard bout the weather in this place but we didn’t really know.
For a month or two the sky was blue then a little black cloud it grew and grew,
Since then the rain aint stopped comin down.

Well its gaint raindrops & prehistoric moths, knee high grass seeds and old bush bees but I won’t let them get the upper hand.
Cause I said goodbye to my big city blues and the big city blues said goodbye too,
When we moved into the rainiest town in the land.

Who needs all that sunshine and blue sky anyway
All you need’s a little faith and a big smile.
You need something to turn your frown up side down
Move on over to our little Umbrella Town.

Well at least its rain instead of hail and the postman beeps when you got mail,
And the ladies‘ll carry your groceries to the car.
Well we moved in under this big fig tree, with mosquitoes and march flies for company, but it’s the friendliest place we’ve found so far.

And if you got trouble or there’s something you need,
You come on up here yourself you’ll see,
There’s always someone ready to help you out.
Yeah I said goodbye to my big city blues and the big city blues said goodbye too,
When I found myself my little Umbrella Town.

Who needs all that sunshine and blue sky anyway
all you need’s a little faith and a big smile in this place.
You need somewhere you aint never never gonna be found
Come on over to our little umbrella town.

Discography

Sand and Stone (released March 2013 MGM distribution)
Long Time Gone (released Sept 2010 MGM distribution)
In this light (released Nov 2006 MGM distribution)
The McMenamins (released Sept 2005 - MGM distribution)
EP 'Sunset Slides' (2003)

Tracks played on radio - Look For Me - Moon Over Tamworth - Way Out West - Little Things - You Take Me - Sunshine - Ache Little Heart - 63 years - if it weren't for you - Umbrella Town - Sunshine - How It Is - What it takes -Cancel you out - Last Rain, Dish & the Spoon, Melancholy Baby - Earth Call - Pretty Dollar - Wayside - Go It Alone - Alabama - If the light was right - Cherokee - Accompany Me - www.themacswebsite.com

Set List

Typical Set: (usually a 50min - 90min set for headlining gigs -and for regular public venue gigs 3 or 4 x 45 min sets (includes covers & have at least 4 hrs of songs that we play live regularly):

You Take Me
My Way Home
Look For Me
Moon Over Tamworth
I'm Listening Now
Wherever you roam
Little Things
Way Out West
Tiny Smiles
Like the tide
Earth Call

extended set list includes:
Rise & Fall
Night Sky
Umbrella Town
Rescue,
63 years
River Bed
Ache Little Heart
Cancel You Out
How It Is
Melancholy Baby
Earth Call
The Last Rain
Pretty Dollar
Lullaby
Wayside
Rise & Fall
New Apron
Alabama
Meet in the Dark
Cherokee
Go It Alone