Coastal Fans to be in Seventh Heaven

A brief Tasmanian article about upcoming Mark Seymour gigs.

Author: The Advocate.

Date: 22 July 2013.

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Coup For Devonport: Mark Seymour, the former frontman of Hunters & Collectors, will play two concerts in Devonport in September. They will be the only Tasmanian dates of Seymour’s latest tour.

Former Hunters & Collectors frontman Mark Seymour will play the only Tasmanian dates of his latest tour in Devonport in September.

One of Australia’s top songwriters, Seymour is on a big national tour promoting his 10th solo album (including live efforts), Seventh Heaven Club.

The Throw Your Arms Around Me singer was part of Hunters & Collectors from its formation in 1981 until the band split in 1998.

His solo career had started the year before.

Hunters & Collectors’ early sound mixed art rock, funk and Krautrock influences.

The band became an underground phenomenon before bursting into the mainstream with its hit Human Frailty album and break-up classic Say Goodbye, with Seymour intoning the famous line “You don’t make me feel like a woman any more.”

Over time, the band’s music became less horns and bass- driven and more commercial, while the songwriting grew deeper and more assured.

Seymour’s solo career has taken a more measured, singer- songwriter approach.

If anything, the quality of the writing has improved further.

The Devonport shows will be at Red Hot Music, on September 6 and 7.

Both will start at 8pm.

“It’s a pretty good coup for us, with the only two shows in Tasmania,” Red Hot’s Andrew Argent said.

Asked about Seymour’s importance, Mr Argent said: “All of us of a certain age grew up with Hunters & Collectors.”

“He’s had some pretty iconic songs.”