Brisbane has a penchant for producing acts of a musical quality and finesse that are simultaneously youthful and yet have a maturity and cultural reference that dates back to the earliest days of pop music and rock n roll. McDermott and North are a perfect example of this QLD phenomenon, possessing a sophistication in their musical performance and songwriting style that has a tangible sense of the ‘60’s, while bringing a modern twist to their style. Their latest single ‘Ally’ is yet further proof of the duo’s ability to combine the elegance of their music with a heartfelt story about self discovery and a journey of love and friendship for today’s youth.
Meeting at Brisbane’s Embassy Bar in 2016, the Indie/Folk duo are made up of Paddy McDermott and Rhys North, both of whom were performing as solo artists in their own right upon their introduction at the venues Open Mic night. Fastforwarding to 2020 and the pair have comfortably established themselves as one of the cities most well-loved folk duo combinations, with a juxtaposition of vocal styles that ventures from a touch of the Arctic Monkeys Alex Turner, to the melodious harmonies of The Beatles.
Their debut 2018 5 track EP The Lemon Tapes Vol.1’happily reached number 14 in the Apple Music ‘Singer-Songwriter’ Chart, with the Matt Corbyiesque lead single ‘Broken Girl’
receiving international airplay, a Triple J feature and a celebrated live performance on ABC prime-time breakfast radio. The bands more recent release, the 2020 single ‘Everytime (I’m a Little Bit Like You)’, was equally well received, with New Zealand’s ‘RNZ’ jumping onto the list of stations enjoying the bands musical offerings and Triple J yet again supporting the song on their ‘Roots n All’ program. The song possesses a palpable sense of the duo’s love of The Beatles sound, which traverses the evolution of the style through to the lyrical ramblings heard in some of Oasis’s later work.
The pair have been well enjoyed by crowds since 2016, with performances at events including Caloundra Music Festival, Hidden Lanes, A Day at the Orchard and Sea Shepherd Festivals, as well as Bluesfest and Bigsound Busking stages and a notable performance with Melbournes Tinpan Orange. With live performance at their heart, the two have navigated their way across the Australian continent and brought their heartfelt, unassuming method of storytelling in song to a wide reaching, loyal fanbase in their time together.