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!

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Webmaster Mayday Review

Stuart : 29 May 2015 17:54 : News

I could be your brother, I could be your son…

Mayday demands your attention. Specifically, it is the humanity of Mayday that demands your attention.

There’s life passing by with our casual involvement. There’s the son discovering his father’s inevitable fallibility in Kosciusko. There’s seventeen years as a fly in fly out worker, reliant on the booze and smokes in an isolated cabin. It’s in the fragile emotional dependence of Carry Me Home. There’s even getting busted for booze on a train station.

Yet the human experience extends further. Irish Breakfast observes family chaos while casually sipping tea. There’s a legal fraternity with no bleeding hearts in Courtroom 32. We are drawn into the lives of asylum seekers in Two Dollar Punter and Asylum. Perhaps even to consider the questionable future of humanity in the rocking Oblivion.

Mayday invites you in by reflecting our own lives before expanding to our collective humanity. It explores lives and experiences beyond the simplicity of the evening news, without judgement, encouraging a broadening perspective. Earnest sentiments of frustration and hope delivered through thirteen tales of existence.

The delivery is via Mark Seymour with his band The Undertow, now onto their third album. Mark’s voice is earnest and demanding, as mesmorising as ever with the insight and confidence of experience. John Favaro’s bass and Peter Maslen’s drums provide a solid rhythm section while Cam McKenzie’s electric guitar is put to maximum effect at the front of the mix. The overall effect is a natural rock refined ‘live’ presentation that puts you in the centre of the action.

Fittingly, the final track Mayday leaves us with the hopeful vision of “red flags of mayday in the sun”. Left wing? Perhaps. Perhaps life has a left wing bias 🙂

5 Stars

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Mayday Arrives!

Stuart : 29 May 2015 09:33 : News

Mark Seymour and the Undertow are back with an album drawing together our common humanity through thirteen new classics.

Mark explains:

I’ve reached a point in my career where I feel compelled to declare my hand. We are living in dark times and I cannot ignore the suffering around me. The songs on ‘Mayday’ reach a lot further into how I see the world. They illustrate my beliefs and above all, my lasting faith in Humanity. Some may find the songs on this album too demanding. They are, without doubt, deeply emotional. I think it has been the hardest record to make and definitely the most personal. ‘Mayday’ is deeply emotional. There are many anthems. People know my politics. I don’t retreat from that. The Undertow is powerful expressive rock band. We are very proud our work.

This is the best album to date of Mark’s solo career. Beyond the exceptional production is the most cohesive and compelling set of songs we have seen from Mark, backed by indisputably the most challenging and engaging lyrics of Mark’s career. If you only grab one album this year, make it Mayday.

Out NOW!

Buy digitally at i-Tunes
Buy on CD at JB Hi-Fi
Buy on CD at Sanity

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New Mark Website!

Stuart : 27 May 2015 17:03 : News

Mark’s new website has been launched! Visit to check it out! 🙂

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Mark Seymour – Football Train

Stuart : 20 May 2015 19:29 : News

Check out Mark Seymour’s first single from Mayday – Football Train!

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Mark Seymour Theatre Tour Announced!

Stuart : 20 May 2015 19:24 : News

Evening with Mark & The Undertow

An evening with Mark & The Undertow

Saturday 1 August | Factory Theatre, Sydney (18+)
Friday 7 August | National Theatre, Melbourne (All Ages)
Saturday 15 August | Old Museum, Brisbane (All Ages*)

* U18s must be accompanied by a parent/guardian

Pre-sale tickets are on sale from Tuesday 26 May 2015; general admission from 29 May 2015!

Click here for more information.

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More Info on Mayday…

Stuart : 17 May 2015 11:05 : News

From Liberation Records… 🙂


“I got an empty feeling … what’ve we become?” – ‘Red Flags’

The concept of home is an interesting one for a man who has spent a good portion of his adult life in a tour van, playing his songs in dark rooms with sticky carpets.

But as T.S. Eliot wrote, “Home is where one starts from”, and Mark Seymour’s ninth solo album and third with The Undertow, addresses all notions of home, from the rehearsal room to the detention centre and the pub.

Few songwriters dare to define the difficult times in which we live. But Mark Seymour is not afraid to write of an Australia filled with “celebrities and sycophants”, where he hears “the shock jocks screamin’” and it’s “one rule for the filthy rich, another one for the weak”.

For Mark, it’s simple: As he sings in ‘Asylum’, “You gotta make a stand.”

These are Australian stories. Mark sings of the ‘Two Dollar Punter’ who “shook the hand of the smuggler” for the hope of a better life. In ‘FIFO’, he documents the life of a WA miner who has spent 17 years as a fly-in, fly-out worker, “halfway between hell and nowhere”. And ‘Football Train’ tells the tragic tale of the boy who might not have a home but does have a footy team.

Mayday is Mark’s first album since Hunters & Collectors’ 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 Hunnas fans loved seeing the old songs again, including the Aussie classics ‘Talking To A Stranger’, ‘Holy Grail’, ‘Say Goodbye’, ‘Throw Your Arms Around Me’ and ‘When The River Runs Dry’, and the tour won the 2014 Helpmann Award for Best Australian Contemporary Concert.

Mark doesn’t mind revisiting the past every now and then, but he doesn’t want to live there. He also knows there’s power in the union. With The Undertow, he’s fronting another great band, with producer Cameron McKenzie (ex-Horsehead) on guitar, John Favaro (ex-Badloves) on bass, and Peter Maslen (Boom Crash Opera) on drums. “Music, I think, is about the quality of relationships,” Mark says. “There has to be some sort of fusion of ideas and beliefs. Relationships are really important to me, they are critical to my creative energy. And I put everything into my relationships with other musicians.”

Mayday is a political record. But Mark understands that the political is personal. “Songwriters will tell you, ‘I’m just telling stories, it’s not me …’ But I just think that’s bogus, it’s just a way of hiding. You can fictionalise these experiences, I get that, but you have to have had a reason to go there in the first place.”

These are songs about the heroism of everyday life. “I carry the lantern,” Mark sings in ‘Carry Me Home’. “We look for the truth.”

The longing for home is eternal; the need to feel connected. The search continues.

“A million voices screamin’, but I just keep on dreamin’ Red flags of Mayday in the sun.”

‘Mayday’ is out 29 May 2015

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H&C Live 2014 Box Sets Arriving!

Stuart : 12 May 2015 16:21 : News

Reports today that many people have already received their limited edition box sets!

Only 300 were made – if you are one of the 300, you are a legend to have been a part of this project! We hope you enjoy your box set! 🙂

Box Set Brisbane

Who’s a happy webmaster?

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Live 2014 Box Sets Starting to Ship…

Stuart : 10 May 2015 20:19 : News

E-mails from PledgeMusic are starting to arrive letting us know that the box sets are in the mail! 🙂

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2014 Tour Box Sets!

Stuart : 1 May 2015 11:30 : News

*** 12 May Update – Mailing has commenced and box sets are arriving!***

*** 1 March Update – Box Sets are in production ***

*** 21 January Update – Box Sets are SOLD OUT ***

Limited edition 2014 tour ‘Final Live’ Hunters and Collectors box sets are available at PledgeMusic!

The way this works is that you ‘pledge’ to buy a pack – and then it goes into production! Pack prices include postage.

  • AU$16: 12 track digital album (mp3 or FLAC) with a selection of 12 tracks from the Enmore (tracks 1-6) and Palais (tracks 7-12) – unlimited.
  • AU$50: 12 track digital album as above with exclusive t-shirt (500 sets available).
  • AU$150: 4CD box set of two full gigs, one from the Enmore in Sydney and the other the Palais in Melbourne; digital download of the 12 track version of the album; t-shirt; keyring; authenticity certificate and tour photographs (500 sets available).
  • AU$250: The $150 set as above plus your name immortalised on the authenticity certificate for helping make this project happen (only 50 sets available).
  • AU$500: The $150 set plus the box set personally signed to you on the front by all band members (only 12 sets available).



Mark on Mayday…

Stuart : 29 April 2015 16:10 : News
    I’ve reached a point in my career where I feel compelled to declare my hand. We are living in dark times and I cannot ignore the suffering around me. The songs on ‘Mayday’ reach a lot further into how I see the world. They illustrate my beliefs and above all, my lasting faith in Humanity. Some may find the songs on this album too demanding. They are, without doubt, deeply emotional. I think it has been the hardest record to make and definitely the most personal. ‘Mayday’ is deeply emotional. There are many anthems. People know my politics. I don’t retreat from that. The Undertow is powerful expressive rock band. We are very proud our work.


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Mayday Release Date!

Stuart : 25 April 2015 16:07 : News

We have a release date for Mark’s excellent new album Mayday – 29 May 2015!

We can order signed copies at the moment over at JB’s Hi Fi


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Mark Seymour Website Update

Stuart : 15 April 2015 13:52 : News

Mark’s website has been updated… it now simply reads “Mark Seymour & The Undertow. New album Mayday available May 2015.” This is a holding site until there is a relaunch…

Check it out!

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H&C at #29 in Favourite Australian Bands

Stuart : 13 April 2015 16:37 : News

Hunters and Collectors received a mention at #29 on a recent Daily Telegraph list of Australia’s favourite bands…

Another band with a varied trajectory, the Hunters and Collectors began in Melbourne in 1981 as an underground act and by the time they disbanded in 1998 they’d become commercial rock radio staples and had their song Holy Grail seized by the AFL. After a few reformations, the band did what they claim was one final victory lap around Australia last year, thrilling fans new and old with the tour they never thought they’d see.

“Great songs, great live band, love the rawness,” says Pseudo Echo’s Brian Canham.

“Hearing Hunters and Collectors reminds of the (Crystal) Ballroom and those early punk beginnings in Melbourne,” says Kate Ceberano

Click here to see the full article.

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Football Train

Stuart : 5 April 2015 10:37 : News

Here’s a live video of Mark Seymour performing Football Train off his new album Mayday for MMM recently:


Click here to view at MMM.

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Mayday Track Listing!

Stuart : 4 April 2015 22:24 : News

Here we have it! The track listing for Mark Seymour’s new album Mayday… out in June, we believe!


  1. Home Free
  2. Football Train 
  3. Two Dollar Punter 
  4. Irish Breakfast
  5. Courtroom 32 
  6. Fifo 
  7. Carry Me Home
  8. Oblivion
  9. Asylum
  10. Thirsty Old Men
  11. Kosciusko 
  12. Lucky Land
  13. Red Flags

Clicking links will take you to song pages – which now also include lyrics!

We have an early copy of it here… and you might expect us to say this… but it is truly an awesome album.

More to come… 🙂


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Mark Seymour’s Mayday Album – Front Cover

Stuart : 21 March 2015 17:41 : News

Here it is! 🙂

Mayday (cover)

Mayday (cover)

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Jack’s ‘The Look Of Love’ Out Now

Stuart : 14 March 2015 11:27 : News

Jack Howard and the Ambassadors of Love present seven highlights from their recent The Look of Love shows!

From Jack himself…

Our Bacharach and David adventure began in December 2012 when we performed Burt Bacharach’s Reach Out from start to finish as part of Pure Pop’s summer of classic albums. Full of cool orchestral arrangements, dashes of percussion and soaring chorus vocals, the 1967 record was a labour of love for Burt and it took him away from the more well-known Dionne Warwick versions of these immortal tunes.

We’ve adapted the songs to our own needs and introduced a whole lot more into our “The Look Of Love – The Songs Of Bacharach and David” show, which has been selling out regularly around town.

The band is exceptional and holds on to the heart and soul of this timeless music.

Click here to buy on bandcamp in digital or CD form!

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Live 2014 Digital Download Now Available!

Stuart : 1 March 2015 09:29 : News

Pledgers for the Hunters and Collectors box set can today download the 12 track digital download!

The digital download in FLAC or mp3 format is a mix of tracks from the Enmore and Palais last year…

  1. Inside A Fireball
  2. Where Do You Go?
  3. Dog
  4. Back in the Hole
  5. Head Above Water
  6. The Slab
  7. Blind Eye
  8. Stuck On You
  9. This Morning
  10. Everything’s On Fire
  11. 42 Wheels
  12. Do You See What I See?

The 12 track download can still be purchased from Pledge Music.

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Mark’s New Album…

Stuart : 28 February 2015 11:45 : News

Hot tip: Mark’s new album Mayday is planned to be for sale at the Port Fairy Folk Festival in March! It is due in stores late May or early June…


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