ABC Undertow Review

A positive review of Mark Seymour’s Undertow album from 774 ABC Melbourne.

Author: Jo Printz, 774 ABC Melbourne.

Date: 9 June 2011.

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Former Hunters and Collectors frontman Mark Seymour has a new album and it’s full of insights and great stories, poetry and experience, and above all else – musical and lyrical cred.

Fellow Aussie music legend Stephen Cummings calls it “the Australian coastal sound, a four-piece-matter-of-fact-guitar band, like Richard Clapton meets Jackson Brown at a car park above a beach with breaking surf. When The Kings of Leon turn fifty this is what they might sound like.”

Serious subjects are wound into the well-crafted chords – the Depression era, problem gambling, asbestos victims and disfunctional relationships, alongside slightly more whimsical matters like the theft of his vermillion red ’72 HQ Monaro coupe!

It’s a little bit country, a lotta rock and roll, and it all comes from the heart.

Little Bridges, written with Angie Hart, is a highlight and if you listen carefully to One More Ride, you’ll hear The Glenhuntly Tabernacle Choir on back up vocals.

Classrooms and Kitchens is about Mark’s mother and he’s dedicated the entire album to her.

It’s a beautiful tribute.