May McDonough & Company
May McDonough & Co.’s story sounds a little like that abstract French film you saw once in college. You know there is a theme buried somewhere just out of grasp, and yet the bizarre imagery and odd
May McDonough & Co.’s story sounds a little like that abstract French film you saw once in college. You know there is a theme buried somewhere just out of grasp, and yet the bizarre imagery and odd characters leave you feeling a bit confused, a bit cultured, perhaps a bit enlightened, but mostly just exhausted. May McDonough is the first born child of a couple of private investigators who met on the job in the late seventies. May’s father started his own private investigations bureau, and May’s mother (who was known as Digger around the office) had just left her job taming (yes!) lions, tigers, and elephants at an animal park.
Stemming from such unique individuals as these, May was born to be a wild card. Her life is almost as intriguing as her parents, if not more so. In her own words, “I seem to be a magnet for strange events that are so unbelievable; i just look like a fantastical liar.”
May McDonough & Co. allude to these concepts, cryptically hinting at various disasters, deaths, bastard siblings, homeless trials, and somewhat bizarre worlds of self-exploration. However, it’s the psychedelic arrangements, strung out with a forgotten sort of psychedelia, ala the Zombies, and tinted with slight hues of surf-pop and deep shades of noise-rock that get you spinning; May’s nancy-sinatra-swoons and grace-slick-like barbaric yawps swallow you whole and send you spiraling down the edges of Federico Fellini’s forgotten side reels.
These songs instantly warp you to a specific time and place where no corner of geography goes unpainted. Whether you’re charting by foot through the Syrian Desert, or you find yourself stumbling down a back alley at midnight having just puked out a bottle of Jameson, when you listen to May McDonough & Company you imagine a greyscale world where plotlines are meaningless and sunglasses still look cool.
These days any band with retro tones and too many guitar pedals are calling themselves psychedelic. But psychedelia is more than spaced out atmospheric rock n roll; it’s the spirit of innovation and experimentation that gave psychedelia life, and May McDonough & Company have not forgotten that. They explore beyond their instruments- inventing entirely unique instruments of their own, capturing not just the sound, but the spirit of psychedelic music in the modern world.
Now MM&C work as a sort of art-house controlled collective, living together under one roof and creating not just music, but a broad spectrum of art from various mediums including short film, performance art, sculpture, and satirical essays. However popular their podcasts and comedic shorts may become, though, their first passion and main focus will always be the music.
May McDonough & Company are currently working on their sophomore album “bullyboywithaglasseye“. In the meantime you can catch their new single ‘Mannequin’ in all digital stores now! Please sign our mailing list below!
Sounds like: Foxygyne, Tame Impala, The Growlers, Entrance band, Father John Misty, Shannon & The Clams, Best Coast, etc…