Mayhem & Me is the dark-folk trio of Majella Eales, Jeff Reeve and Paul Carwana from Hobart in Tasmania.
Mayhem & Me
Mayhem & Me have the ability to fill the room with a wet sandbag of acoustic led material. An eponymous four track EP surfaced in August (available on bandcamp) and I look forward to news of future material by a trio who are able to take a straight forward idea and turn it into an introspective soliloquy, which finds audience gripped in the ensnaring embrace of the vice-hold of drying leather bondage-straps.
The thickly stringed acoustic guitar is given reign to flight, whilst the electric guitar lays subdued in harmony as it meets a deeply resounding bass which tethers the material with reverberating strings that darken the room as the vocal, like a hawk spotting prey, dives to the foreground garnering travel and sight to which the instrumentation gathers in flock.
Mayhem & Me are able to cloak the audience with weighty contemplation through the measured pace which they intransigently refuse to hurry, leaving the listener in enraptured desire, as the music gradually unfurls itself in the ears.
Light the candles and bring out the scarlet ties to join Mayhem & Me in their exploration of inner turmoil.
The Silverbeets is the alt-rock the quartet of Farnz Cordeaux (Guitar / Vocals), Jamie Scott (Guitar / Vocals), Jeff Reeve (Bass) and Billy O’Brien (Drums / Guitar) from Lutana in Tasmania.
A mixture of influences are stirred into the melting pot that is The Silverbeets and what emerges are carefully crafted melodic tracks that have a vaguely psychedelic feel. More akin to the feeling of having walked into a marijuana smoke filled room than tripping out on psychotropics and the light headed feeling allows the audience to enjoy the mellowness of the quartet.
A plethora of guitars are deployed on recording, I notice both a guest guitarist and even the drummer getting involved with the six stringer on their début LP – Purple Stems (which is available on bandcamp), slimming back to two in live performance. The guitars are not used to create volume rather the intoxicating melodies which The Silverbeets deliver unhurriedly. An active percussion gives the compositions a solidity, whilst the jabbing bass provides the depth as the mixture of voices subtly swipe at social mores as they swirl around the ears.
Everything about The Silverbeets is understated, which gives the material its space in the crowd and the ability of the players to forge from this tracks that capture full attention, marks them out as a band to add to the ‘music for moments of contemplation’ playlist and I wish them every success in the world of music.