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ROYMACKONKEY / Press

“No Abandonment Issues for Roymackonkey!”

“Armed with their debut album, Abandonment Issues, Roymackonkey exude their own fresh breed of rock through award-winning tracks and a featured track on WiFi PR Group’s compilation, Indie Anthems Vol. 5.”

“Exciting news Territory music lovers! Darwin band Roymackonkey have won the Rock/Indie Category at the 2013 Australian Songwriters Association National Songwriting Awards! Congratulations guys! The band flew to Sydney to accept their award and play at the event. Their song 'Great Divide' beat a field of thousands to take out the best Rock/Indie song in the annual competition. Before heading to the awards, the band had a chat with MusicNT about winning, the song and the Darwin music scene.”

“Described as having the contagiousness of Matchbox 20, the power of Live and the fun of the Bare Naked Ladies, it’s no wonder Darwin’s Roymackonkey have become one of the Top End’s best loved rock acts. Influenced by Skunk Anansie, Faith No More and Mastodon, the boys have also shared bills with the likes of Wolfmother and Shihad, and played Canada’s Indie Week Festival in 2010, and Adelaide’s Fuse Festival (2011). But tonight it’ll be a lot more stripped back production from the Darwinians, as the boys play an acoustic show at the Basement Bar. “Normally we like to turn the amps up as much as possible but this gig will be a lot more laid back than usual,” guitarist Daryl Barba says. Extra good news is that the band are also angling for a return to Bendigo in April, to give local music lovers the full Roymackonkey treatment. For a good dose of Roymackonkey, check out recent-ish single Sleep Tonight on their My Space site.”

“Rewind back… back… back to the sounds of support Roymackonkey. These lads gig a fair bit, and have gigged for a fair while (more than 15 years), two facts that are evident in the typical ease with which they settle in for a show, or whichever members of the band are representing - in tonight's case there are just two. John Coulehan’s voice really is something else – there’s expression, range, sorrow and pain delivered with hammer and tongs. It makes the rock songs stand up despite being stripped down, and is the perfect entrée to Steve Smyth’s set. Alice Body”

“October 13/14/15 – Roymackonkey @ A whole lot of venues,Roymackonkey are alt-rockers with quite a fab EP out, “Cassandra Never Lies,” which showcases a wide range of rock stylings between songs, as well as within each track. In fact, you may find yourself checking them out more than once, just to discover all their musical nuances. Formed in 1997, Roymackonkey is anything but new to the music industry and they’ve played with the likes of Wolfmother, Shihad and Screaming Jets. In Toronto, they’ll play October 13 @ Hideout, October 14 @ Bovine Sex Club (1:30 a.m.) and October 15 at the Australian Showcase (can’t wait for this!) @ Underground Garage (10:30 p.m.)”

“Aussie band Roymackonkey delivers solid, ‘90s era rock with their newest effort “Cassandra Never Lies.” After spending the summer touring the “land down under” with Wolfmother, it seems like this band is ready to spread their sound overseas and beyond.”

“ "The Northern Territory boys win my ‘band most likely to get flogged on Triple J’ award and I mean that in every good way possible. I kept thinking ‘WWF meets rock and roll.’ For the record, Roy Mackonkey is frickin’ cool. They’re melodic and edgy, loud and fun, all with a very energetic lead singer who pulls these crazed Henry Rollins faces. It’s classic. Imagine the contagiousness of Matchbox 20 with balls, the fun of the Bare naked Ladies, and the power of Live, and the soundtrack to a WWF match, all rolled into one. Rock and roll, baby. The crowd loved it. Keep an ear to your radio dial - if there is any justice in this world, Roy Mackonkey songs will be blaring out of your car radio". Excerpt from Jim Beam National Campus Bands Competition Website 2002 review”

Jim Beam - Jim Beam National Band Comp

"After pulling a 10 til 3am shift playing covers,there's nothing better than listening to "chinese picture theatre" to stop my head from spinning!!

Max Fredericks - Max

“The Grow Your Own series is a compilation released by Damien Gerard Studios and Foghorn Records, Roymackonkey's "THE FEAR" sounds like something for kate due to the singer sounding like paul dempsey. ”

“Mellow sound waves in top end Darwin rockers Roy Mackonkey are gathering for the opening night of Music NT's rainy season gig series.Darwin Entertainment Centre Mitchell st”

Ben Langford - Northern Territory News

“The NT Music Festival, Darwin Festival. Roy Mackonkey have been one of Darwin's favourite bands for years. Barba said they're going to make the most of the sound system and give the crowd a healthy dose of hard rock. ”

Ben Langford - Northern Territory News