One of the wonderful things about putting together a magazine like Blank is the volume of new music that comes into your life. Every Single Day. And it comes via many avenues. Sometimes we get CDs in the post, sometimes a link to a digital stream of a new album. Sometimes it’s a video clip and sometimes it’s a tour announcement.

Which brings me to Roymackonkey. I hadn’t heard of them until today. But many people will have – they’ve played support slots for the like of Wolf Mother, Shihad, Screaming Jets, You Am I and even The Rollins Band and they’ve been touring Australia since 1997!

They’re just about to land on the Gold Coast too, for a show at Miami Tavern’s Shark Bar next weekend (Saturday 22 November). They’re touring the country (again) to launch their new album Abandonment Issues. The album features the single Sleep Tonight which took out the inaugural NT Song of The Year awards (2012) along with the track Great Divide which won an ASA Award in 2013.

While they’ve been plying their trade for nearly two decades, Roymackonkey are most certainly established in the Darwin music scene. And you can catch them next weekend right here on the Gold Coast.

Samantha Morris , Blank Gold Coast, November 13th 2014


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.

WiFi PR Client Roymackonkey

WiFi PR Client Roymackonkey

As a microphone for the lonely and brokenhearted, Roymackonkey, out of Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia, have produced a rock sound that is fierce at its core but has a soft edge that is more soulful than your typical Aussie power rockers. With flourishes of artists like Soundgarden, Tool, Faith No More and Powderfinger, Roymackonkey deliver a sizzling breed of rock ‘n’ roll that is as much of a powerhouse as it is a heartfelt passion project for its members.

Now, these four voracious band members are hungry for more fans as their debut album, Abandonment Issues, and featured compilation track on WiFi PR Group’s Indie Anthems Vol. 5 have launched their award-winning tracks abroad—from Aussie territory straight to the U.S.

To craft this internationally esteemed sound, Roymackonkey’s members found themselves inspired by many other rock greats of the past, from Ozzy Osborne, Pantera, Megadeth and Faith No More to Tool, Soundgarden, Rage Against the Machine and Fugazi, to name a few. With this wide range of musical influences come the lyrical inspirations brought about by a stricken heart lamenting a failed relationship as well as the compelling insight into the perspectives of the lonely and brokenhearted. Wielding both these sounds and these emotions, Roymackonkey emerged with a sound that rebels against the oft stale traditions of rock ‘n’ roll.

Before dropping their latest recording, the group released their debut EP, Cassandra Never Lies (2008) and the single “Sleep Tonight” (2011). That single and their track, “Great Divide,” went on to become two award-winning songs on their full-length debut, Abandonment Issues. “Great Divide” won first place in the 2013 Australian Songwriters Association Awards for best rock/indie category, and “Sleep Tonight,” won best rock song for the NT Song of the Year Awards in 2012 in both the best rock song category and People’s Choice. In addition, the band won the Northern Territory leg of the Jim Beam competition in 2004 and came in fourth place in the national finals held in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

To hear where the praise comes from, fans can find Abandonment Issues on Roymackonkey’s Bandcamp page.

Roymackonkey also recently enjoyed having their award-winning track, “Great Divide,” featured on WiFi PR Group’s compilation, Indie Anthems Vol. 5, a collection of international independent talent that WiFi PR wants to put on the radars of music lovers and industry tastemakers the world over. Released at Coachella, this digital mixtape was handed out 3,500 download cards to festival attendees, and 1,500 more download copies are now available on the Indie Anthems Bandcamp website for a limited time.

To catch Roymackonkey live, fans can check out some of their upcoming performances, including the After the Rain’s EP Launch at Darwin Railways Sports & Social Club on July 27th. They are also planning a tour to promote their debut album that would take them along the East Coast of Australia in November from Brisbane down to Sydney and across to Melbourne, stopping at smaller towns along the way as well as some regional shows in between.

Digital copies of Roymackonkey’s music are available on Bandcamp, iTunes, Tunecore and the band’s website, and fans can purchase physical copies from Pure Pop Records in Melbourne. Their music can also be streamed on Spotify.

Fans can watch videos of Roymackonkey on their YouTube channel, including a live performance of their Indie Anthems featured track, “Great Divide,” an official video for their award-winning track, “Sleep Tonight,” and an acoustic performance on Balcony BTV Toronto of their track “Random Hearts.”



About Roymackonkey Music

Cassandra Never Lies EP (2008)

“Sleep Tonight” Single (2011)

Abandonment Issues (2013)



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Carolyn Henehgan, WiFi PR Group, October 7th 2014


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.

Amy Hetherington, Music NT, December 5th 2013


Roymackonkey: rockin' on down from the Top End.

Ben Cameron | Bendigo Weekly | 06-Jan-2012 10.50am

Roymackonkey are one of Darwin's best loved rock bands.

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.

They’re also a tight bunch. Emerging from the increasingly diverse Darwin music scene in 1997, the band has remained pretty much unchanged over 15 years, apart from drummer Fletcher Bowman, who joined six years ago.

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

Alice Body , The AU Review, 03/14/2013