Radiating with a sheer sophistication apparent in their performing poise, chic vintage style and enigmatic songwriting, Brisbane indie/folk duo McDermott & North are bringing an unmistakable nostalgic spark to their enchanting brand of indie-rock with new single All Things Come and Go.
Known as one of Brisbane’s most beloved busking duos, Paddy McDermott and Rhys North have been impressing audiences with their meticulous sonic dynamism, dazzling vocal harmonies and sincere songwriting stamina since meeting in 2016, with the pair delivering multiple releases, including last year’s soul-melting singles Ally and Georgia.
Now, as we enter 2022, McDermott & North continue to carve out a sound that is entirely their own, starting the year with the sweet, optimistic melodies found in All Things Come and Go.
Opening with the blissful combination of McDermott & North’s warming folk-esque vocals, the track bursts with feel-good energy as rustic guitars fuse with gentle percussion. Led by a consistent melodic build created with rising vocals and weaving guitar layers, classic rock elements begin to melt into sunny indie-rock. With the textured swoop of drums, the chorus finds McDermott & North harmonising in rounds, neither musician missing a beat as one voice remains grounded to let the other experience moments of levity.
As the track continues its uplifting sway through memorable melodies and lustrous lyrics, maybe the only challenge the song poses is whether to feature it on the wholesome folk festival playlist for toe-tapping good times, the mellow alt-country faves list that have you singing along within seconds, or that curated coastal indie-rock road trip mix perfect for full cars and scenic routes. Perhaps all three.
Influenced by revolutionary songwriting of the ’60s, McDermott & North are inspired by direct, intentional lyrics that make people think twice, writing All Things Come and Go as a celebration of life and the importance of living in the present moment. The duo further explain:
“All Things Come And Go is about coming to terms with the fact that whenever you’re going through a rough patch, a ray of sunshine is just around the corner. As we grow older we learn how to let go of the things we once held closely in order to make way for the next part of life’s journey. You also start to realise the finite nature of life and the importance of finding a sense of contentment living in the moment. The song lives in that space – not thinking about the past, not being too worried about the future either.”
During their five-year music journey together, McDermott & North have not gone unnoticed, with their releases receiving both national and global radio attention from the likes of Triple J, National NZ Radio and BBC Radio London / Scotland / Belfast, as well as their multiple live performances across the country including Bluesfest 2019, supporting Ben Lee’s Queensland Tour, playing two 2021 shows with Alex Lloyd, performing two sold-out headline shows in Brisbane and plenty more.
Don’t let McDermott & North’s newest single slip through your fingers –
All Things Come and Go is out everywhere on January 21.
The duo will be touring Victoria and Tasmania throughout January and February, find more information below
All Things Come And Go Summer Tour
Jan 21 – The Taproom, Castlemaine
Jan 22 – Post Office Hotel, Melbourne
Jan 28 – Palais Hepburn, Hepburn Springs
Jan 29 – Handle Bar, Bendigo
Feb 4 – The Corporate Moose, Mildura
Feb 10 – Republic Bar, Hobart
Feb 11 – Longely Hotel, Longley
Feb 13 – The Salty Dog, Kingston
Feb 18 – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne
Feb 19 – Cleve Gardens, Melbourne
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