SESSION: Benny Mayhem

Dropping some live ones into Circular Quay with WA’s folk-punk troubadour.

Benny Mayhem

Benny Mayhem, massive and grinning and spiky-haired, has basically been on tour for three and a half years. Now he’s back in Oz (and visiting Sydney) so it was a delight to be able to amble down to Circular Quay with him and catch a few live ones. In a break with tradition, I managed not to screw anything up too badly so you get to see all three tracks he did: forthcoming single “Song For Absent Friends”, with its hints of Sugar-era Bob Mould; the epically-titled “Mother Nature Will Have Her Revenge On Old Fatty”, particular fun to play by Sydney Harbour and within sight of Kirribilli House; and “Bulwer Street Waltz”, a Pogues-y ode to nights out.

He’s right in the process of finalising a full-band album that’ll be out in a month or two. I’m rather looking forward to that.