Abbe May plays Mullum Music Festival 2011.
Abbe May plays Mullum Music Festival 2011.

Abbe May designs her own path

Abbe May will be roaring into Mullumbimby at the end of the month.

When Pulse talks to the Western Australian bluestress she calls after a few delays. She's on tour with the unlikely pairing of dance-band Art Vs Science.

"I think the audience has been a little bamboozled at times but they normally warm to a little bit of rock," May says.

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While May seemed to pop up out of nowhere last year with Mammalian Locomotion a single from her album Design Desire, which was released in July, she's been on the road to stardom for years.

The latest album, however, has cemented her position as one of Australia's top rock-chicks and garnered a few AIR Award Nominations.

The blues singer is heading out on the Nick Cave tribute tour and remembers listening to the icon as she was growing up.

"My father used to play his songs before we went off to school," she says. "This put us in a great frame of mind to approach the day."

May says she doesn't have a favourite Cave song, but she loves Grinderman.

"Grinderman has this visceral violence," she says. "I'm always really impressed with how he approaches the middle-aged man with potent sexuality.

I think it's not celebrated enough; we always celebrate the youthful and the beautiful when there is something to be said about aging that is really interesting to me. He does this - almost - monologue. I like that, it's not a cliched version of what we think he should be."

May explains that honesty is what people are aiming for in music and that should include sexuality.

"In terms of sex I think sex always goes hand in hand with violence," she says. "It's such a primal act. That topic goes hand in hand with rock'n'roll."

May won't be playing her Cave cover at Mullum Music Fest, however, she says the show is different to her album.

"It's really different to the recorded stuff," she says. "If they want to see some really unhinged stuff then they should come along."

Abbe May plays Mullum Music Fest on Saturday, November 26 at the Mullum Ex Services 7pm and Sunday, November 27 at Mullum High School 2pm.



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