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The Passing Parade EP

Stuart : 30 January 2016 19:57 : News

Good news punters!

Jack has a new EP, The Passing Parade, featuring six songs, due for release on the 22nd of February!

Here’s the front cover… 🙂

Passing Parade front

Passing Parade front cover

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Mayday on Best of 2015 List

Stuart : 9 January 2016 10:46 : News

Music journo Jeff Jenkins has given Mark Seymour and the Undertow’s Mayday album a nod as the best album of 2015 over at Stack Magazine!

“This is the story of modern Australia, where it’s ‘one rule for the filthy rich, another one for the weak’, the nation is filled with ‘celebrities and sycophants’, desperate people seek asylum, shock jocks are ‘screamin’, and musicians are searching for meaning. The Undertow might lack numbers, but they’re capable of delivering both power and poignancy… Mayday is deeply moving.” (Liberation/Universal)

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Mark Seymour Statement on Reclaim Australia

Stuart : 22 November 2015 21:57 : News

I’ve just been informed that ‘Reclaim Australia’ are using ‘Holy Grail’ at their rallies.

Let me be clear. ‘Reclaim Australia’ is a racist organisation.

We stand together with refugees and asylum seekers the world over.

We are opposed to bigotry, race hate and fascism.

‘Reclaim Australia’ has no place in Australian Society.

Mark Seymour

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Complete Jaws of Life Tabs

Stuart : 21 November 2015 18:47 : News

With the tabbing of I Couldn’t Give It To You, Hunter’s bassist John Archer has now tabbed every instrument in every song of the Jaws of Life album! What a legend!

Check out the tabs page.

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The Way To Go Out tab

Stuart : 6 November 2015 17:21 : News

Hunters bass player John Archer continues his quest through the mighty Jaws of Life album today with the complete tab for The Way To Go Out!

Check out the tabs page!

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Anthology Out Now!

Stuart : 3 September 2015 17:41 : News

They are anthems for a generation, songs that define an era in Australian music.

“The real essence of rock music,” Mark Seymour pondered at the end of 1983, “it’s just passion, it’s just really pure.”

More than three decades later, that statement is a neat summation of the new Hunters & Collectors collection, which is simply titled Anthology.

These 40 songs tell the tale of a remarkable 18 years, from the band’s early alternative days at St Kilda’s Crystal Ballroom – when Rolling Stone dubbed them “white punks on funk” – to their years as a touring machine, playing to the suburban masses in sweaty beer barns.

“We felt that if we couldn’t convey something to normal people who work nine-to-five then we might as well forget it,” Mark Seymour explained in 1985.

This was an Australian band unlike any other. Their unforgettable debut single, “Talking To A Stranger”, was inspired by Charles Baudelaire’s “The Albatross”; the timeless “Throw Your Arms Around Me” is the Aussie classic that was recorded three times but was never a big chart hit; “The Slab” is an ode to onanism; while a song about Napoleon’s chef, “Holy Grail”, ended up becoming a footy anthem.

Mushroom Records started a new subsidiary, the White Label, to sign Hunters & Collectors. The band demanded artistic control. Mushroom boss Michael Gudinski famously likened dealing with them to dealing with the Communist Party.

This is a story of egalitarianism. The collaborative energy of a rumbling rhythm section and the blistering Horns of Contempt, with songs that captured the brutal beauty of the Australian landscape.

“We’ve always aimed to sound Australian,” Mark Seymour noted in 1986. Drummer Doug Falconer called it “The Great Aussie Tug”, referring to the roaring backbeat necessary in a pub environment.

For a generation of punters, these songs provided the soundtrack to their gig-going years. A Hunters & Collectors gig was a tribal experience. Paul Kelly remembers seeing the band in the ’80s, when they were “gathering an army”.

“Their audience was mainly young men, hungry for devotion,” Paul observed in his memoir. “Hunnas had a big, fat industrial bass sound, an anthemic horn section, and their singlet-clad singer, as fit as a trout, held nothing back.”

At the start of the ’90s, asked how he would like to be remembered, Mark Seymour responded: “I suppose if there is one thing that I’d like to be remembered for artistically, it’s getting all those people singing, ‘You don’t make me feel like I’m a woman any more.’”

Hunters & Collectors were Australia’s Last Great Pub Rock Band.

“They defined new parameters for Australian music,” critic Toby Creswell wrote when he was editor of Rolling Stone. “And Mark Seymour’s lyrics captured the Australian experience in a way no other writer has.”

Anthology – culled from the band’s nine albums – follows the Hunnas’ live re-formation, which coincided with the chart-topping tribute album, Crucible, and saw the band perform at the AFL Grand Final and do shows with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and The Rolling Stones. The tour won the 2014 Helpmann Award for Best Australian Contemporary Concert, but the band is adamant there will be no new Hunters & Collectors albums.

This is it. And Anthology shows why Hunters & Collectors mattered – and why they still do.

Click here to view on iTunes.

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Mark Seymour Set List – 15 August

Stuart : 17 August 2015 12:03 : News

Incredible sold out gig in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley…

Mark Seymour & The Undertow
Old Museum, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
15 August 2015

  1. Red Flags
  2. Two Dollar Punter
  3. Football Train
  4. Courtroom 32
  5. Castlemaine
  6. Carry Me Home
  7. Irish Breakfast
  8. Jerusalem
  9. The Light on the Hill
  10. Master of Spin
  11. Throw Your Arms Around Me
  12. True Tears of Joy
  13. Lorelei
  14. Home Free
  15. Westgate
  16. When The River Runs Dry
  17. Beside You
  18. Classrooms and Kitchens
  19. Kosciusko
  20. Asylum
  21. Say Goodbye
  22. Sylvia’s In Black
  23. Cry In The Rain
  24. The Red Lady’s Gone
  25. Fifo
  26. The Legend of the Snowmen
  27. Parting Glass
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Mark Seymour Set List – 14 August

Stuart : 16 August 2015 12:04 : News

Good smaller venue for a rocking evening on the Gold Coast…

Mark Seymour & The Undertow
Mermaid Waters Hotel, Mermaid Waters
14 August 2015

  1. Red Flags
  2. Two Dollar Punter
  3. Football Train
  4. Courtroom 32
  5. When The River Runs Dry
  6. Carry Me Home
  7. Irish Breakfast
  8. Jerusalem
  9. Castlemaine
  10. The Light on the Hill
  11. Master of Spin
  12. Throw Your Arms Around Me
  13. True Tears of Joy
  14. Lorelei
  15. Home Free
  16. The Red Lady’s Gone
  17. Say Goodbye
  18. Asylum
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Holding Down A D tab

Stuart : 9 August 2015 19:19 : News

Our favourite bass player continues his tabbing quest through the almighty Jaws of Life album with Holding Down a D!

Check out the tabs page!

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Mark Seymour Set List – 7 August

Stuart : 8 August 2015 09:26 : News

Amazing set lists on this tour…

Mark Seymour & The Undertow
National Theatre, St Kilda
7 August 2015

  1. Red Flags
  2. Two Dollar Punter
  3. Football Train
  4. Courtroom 32
  5. Castlemaine
  6. Carry Me Home
  7. Irish Breakfast
  8. Jerusalem
  9. When The River Runs Dry
  10. The Light on the Hill
  11. Master of Spin
  12. Throw Your Arms Around Me
  13. True Tears of Joy
  14. Lorelei
  15. Home Free
  16. Westgate
  17. Beside You
  18. Classrooms and Kitchens
  19. Kosciusko
  20. Asylum
  21. Sylvia’s In Red
  22. The Red Lady’s Gone
  23. Fifo
  24. Say Goodbye
  25. Oblivion
  26. Legend of the Snowman
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Mark Seymour Set List – 1 August

Stuart : 1 August 2015 23:44 : News

Cracking set list!

Mark Seymour & The Undertow
Factory Theatre, Marrickville
1 August 2015

  1. Football Train
  2. Asylum
  3. When The River Runs Dry
  4. Two Dollar Punter
  5. Jerusalem
  6. Courtroom 32
  7. The Light on the Hill
  8. Master of Spin
  9. Throw Your Arms Around Me
  10. True Tears of Joy
  11. Lorelei
  12. Home Free
  13. Fifo
  14. Westgate
  15. Red Flags
  16. Carry Me Home
  17. Classrooms and Kitchens
  18. The Red Lady’s Gone
  19. Castlemaine
  20. Irish Breakfast
  21. Kosciusko
  22. Say Goodbye
  23. Legend of the Snowman
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Spotted on the Internet

Stuart : 28 July 2015 19:41 : News

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It’s Early Days Yet tab

Stuart : 18 July 2015 18:14 : News

For the budding muso’s here, we now have a full tab for It’s Early Days Yet from The Jaws of Life album; courtesy of Hunna’s bass player John Archer!

Visit the tabs page to enjoy it…

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Mark Seymour on My Favourite Album

Stuart : 9 July 2015 14:44 : News

Mr Jeremy Dean recently interview Mark Seymour for his “My Favourite Album” podcast series. Mark chose Bruce Springsteen’s 1995 album “The Ghost of Tom Joad”, which has influenced his recent solo work.

Click here to listen to or download the interview!

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Hayley’s Doorstep and Red Lane Tabs

Stuart : 9 July 2015 11:36 : News

The great John Archer has fully tabbed two classic tracks from The Jaws Of Life – Hayley’s Doorstep and Red Lane!

Visit the tabs page to get them…

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July Freebies at Jack Howard’s Bandcamp!

Stuart : 8 July 2015 17:05 : News

Jack is extremely generously offering his recordings for free at the moment over at his bandcamp website – check them out!

http://jackhoward.bandcamp.com/

This is a great opportunity to catch up on the latest from one of Melbourne’s favourite musicians! 🙂

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Full Tabs for the Human Frailty Album!

Stuart : 15 June 2015 19:45 : News

Hunters bass player John Archer has today tabbed Is There Anybody In There? — meaning there are now free, detailed, accurate tabs for the entire of the Human Frailty album!

Make sure to check out the tabs page for the latest!

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Mayday Debuts at #43

Stuart : 6 June 2015 18:09 : News

Congratulations to Mark – who has cracked the Australian top 50 albums chart for the first time as a solo artist! Mark’s new album Mayday has debuted at #43 this week! Well deserved! 🙂

Mayday Chart

Mayday Chart

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Tab for 99th Home Position

Stuart : 1 June 2015 21:00 : News

John Archer (bass) has kindly created a full midi tab for 99th Home Position from the Human Frailty album – check it out over in the tabs section! 🙂

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Mark Seymour – Two Dollar Punter

Stuart : 30 May 2015 15:17 : News

We are fortunate to be able to already show the second single from Mark Seymour’s new album Mayday… Two Dollar Punter!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itViwQL6IsA

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