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Workman Song

Hammydown Brings Garage-Pop to O'Brien's 4/25

 Northampton, MA based Hammydown is bringing her brand of infectious garage-pop to Allston next week in preparation of her upcoming EP, Pizzaface.  Singer/songwriter Abbie Morin combines bright, catchy melodies with understated, fuzzy guitar work to create a memorable and unique style that will appeal to a diverse pool of fans.  The EP is set to release this July, but we've heard it and can assure you it is worth the wait.  Check out the video for the first single, "People You May Know", below and catch Hammydown at O'Brien's on Tuesday, 4/25, featuring Workman Song, Honeymooner, and Fossy Jaw.  -Brian Varneke


Workman Song Unveils New Single 'O, To Be In Love Again'

Sean McMahon, lead singer and guitarist of local Brooklyn/Boston band Workman Song has unveiled a brand new single with a distinctly different sound from his previous material. Recorded at The Hangar in New Jersey and produced by MGMT's Will Berman, 'O, To Be In Love Again' (streaming) is a fast paced, rhythm driven song, laden with intricate guitar lines and soaring, soulful vocals. Though the song still honors McMahon's penchant for storytelling, it is a far cry from his April 2014 release 'Lamb'. 

Workman Song has recently evolved from a solo folk project into a fully fledged 'art folk rock' band - a label created by McMahon himself. While his previous EP's (specifically Lamb and Ion Zelig Vol. III) are often compared to Cat Stevens, solo Neil Young and Dylan, his new sound sits far more comfortably next to Kurt Vile & The Violators, early War on Drugs, Jefferson Airplane and Springsteen. On Wednesday 02/03 McMahon debuted the new single at Mercury Lounge alongside local songstress Katie Von Schleicher, Lip Talk and Alexander F of Rubblebucket. The set was perfectly executed in front of a packed venue and was just a taste of what is to come in the very near future for Workman Song. With a full length LP in the works as well as a national tour, Workman Song is one to watch. 

Workman Song, folk-psych singer songwriter, plays Cameo Gallery (9.23)

Sean McMahon, lead singer and guitarist of Workman Song, is a self-described “meta-hippie,” whose folk-psychedelic music perfectly accompanies his beliefs. His voice, full of dynamic grit, adds depth to the atmospheric strum of his guitar as he sings of the existential and preaches the beauty of life. As a Brooklyn transplant, McMahon has made himself known within NYC’s local scene; just a month ago, Workman Song opened for Sean Lennon at the Brooklyn Bowl. In the description of his latest EP, “Ion Zelig Vol. III,” McMahon writes: “There’s no movement for you to join that I’m leading or a part of, it’s just a feeling I hope we can share. A feeling, in the sense of the word implied by this statement from some Metropolitan in a Jacob Needleman book, ‘Kill emotion. Cultivate feeling.’” Workman Song will be playing in Williamsburg at Cameo Gallery on September 23rd. - Isabel Rolston

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A NYC folkster to keep an ear on: Workman Song, live at Rock Shop, 10.05

Workman Song is a solo project fronted by Sean McMahon, a 25-year-old Boston native currently living in New York. In his quiver of folk songs is a collection of unforgettable melodies that tell of his journey through the city - finding love, loosing love, loosing himself, finding himself. The core of the songs lies in the familiar interplay of guitar and vocal, but he is often joined on stage by friends playing a number of different instruments including tambourine, mandolin, upright bass, piano, melodica and drums. McMahon describes his sound as ‘vintage with storytelling elements’.

His influences are eclectic - he lists medieval European music, North Indian classical music, Greek devotional chants, gospel and Neil Young as some of his inspirations. Though this combination might sound like a jumble of rejects you’d find at a junk store, what McMahon has developed is a sound that transcends anything currently in the New York music scene.

Workman Song has an upcoming show at The Rock Shop on October 5th, and an album in the works scheduled for late November. - Brescia Mascheretti


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