Bunbury singer covers Hunters and Collectors in new album

An article about Abbe May appearing on Crucible, the Hunters and Collectors tribute album.

Author:  Bunbury Mail.

Date: 7 October 2013.

Original URL: http://www.bunburymail.com.au/story/1817902/bunbury-singer-covers-hunters-and-collectors-in-new-album/?cs=12


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Album: Bunbury singing sensation Abbe May has been given a rare opportunity to cover one of Australia’s premier bands in a new tribute album.

Crucible was released on Friday and features 15 of Australia’s best bands and singers.

It includes bands Alpine, The Living End, The Rubens, Something for Kate, British India and more.

The bands have covered songs from Hunters and Collectors.

Formed in Melbourne in 1981, Hunters and Collectors became an integral part of Australian music culture through their unique songs and sounds and legendary pub gigs.

They took their fans on an incredible journey as they evolved from an experimental post-punk/agit-funk collective with up to a dozen members into a streamlined and visceral rock and roll outfit that made a profound connection with audiences across the country.

The Hunnas, as they became known, featured a powerful blend of guitars, drums, bass and brass, fronted by Mark Seymour’s intense vocals and presence.

Disbanding in 1998, Hunters and Collectors left behind a legacy of great rock and roll moments, memories and a proud catalogue of recorded music, including nine studio albums, three live albums and numerous EPs and singles.

It took The Mushroom Group and fan/critic/A and R executive John O’Donnell more than 18 months to curate the album.

“It has been an exhilarating journey of reinvention and rediscovery,” O’Donnell said.

“As a wildly diverse range of artists have stepped forward with passion and creative zeal to record interpretations of fourteen equally diverse Hunters songs.”

Former Bunbury singer Abbe May covered the song Dog.

“I like the intensity of meaning behind the lyrics of dog,” May said in the album book.

“The protagonist has been caught in the act of probably-harmless stalking.

“He or she is in love / fixated / obsessed and vulnerable, liking his experience to that of a dog being caught somewhere it shouldn’t be.”

The album is now available from most music stores.