takes a finely-honed roots sensibility and fuses it with a valve-driven
shimmering pop-rock overlay.
The result: six unique solo releases and a significant amount of critical acclaim.
“One of the standouts ‘So Long’ is a textbook case of what can be done with attitude, space, mood, harmonica and slide guitar.”
“There isn’t a song here that is less than brilliant; the playing and recording is outstanding and McKenna herself is one of the best singers in the country...uniquely now and Australian.”
“10 tracks of punchy pop-rock-country struts...McKenna's
accomplished voice leaps from gutsy pub rock to smoky jazz. Pop
the Question is reminiscent of 4 Non Blondes' melodic
belligerence while the overt sexual imagery and dark truck-stop
foreboding of All You Need ouldn't be out of place in a David
Lynch film...the album is the work of a gifted artist.' THE
“It's five years since McKenna released March, & three years since The One Way. This is too long for a singer of this talent.” ROLLING STONE
The ignition point of an artist’s style often becomes clear once
there’s a glimpse of what came before.
After a year of performing solo-acoustic McKenna borrowed a
friend’s bass and formed post punk three-piece, The Right
Furniture. Soon they were playing McKenna’s songs at campus gigs
and premium supports around Melbourne’s rock venues, including
an opener for The Go Betweens at The Tote.
Who really knows why a band described by The Sydney Morning
Herald as,“...like The Cure, but more
interesting...”discontinues. The truth is it happens all the
time and when it did McKenna refocused her efforts into a solo
career and independently released the EP, March.