Mark Seymour & The Undertow – Mark Seymour & The Undertow

Undertow (cover)

Undertow (cover)


Information: Mark’s fifth studio album, covering life, love and folklore.

Released In: [Australia / NZ].

Release Date: 27 May 2011.

Australian Chart Position: #51 (ARIA).

Availability: Moderately common. Available new in CD and digital form.

Value: A$15-A$30.


Track Listing(s)


 Highly recommended track.
 Commercial single.
 Promotional single.


Version: Liberation Records Australian CD album.

Album length: 43 minutes, 59 seconds.

ReplayGain loudness: -7.66dB (2011).

  1. Castlemaine 
  2. Sometimes I Wonder If I Know Too Much About You
  3. Little Bridges
  4. Sylvia
  5. The Legend of the Snowmen 
  6. El Dorado
  7. Cry in the Rain 
  8. Classrooms and Kitchens 
  9. The Red Lady’s Gone
  10. One More Ride
  11. The Patsy

Digital versions of Undertow sold over the Internet also include:

  1. Listen to the Cold Wind Blow
  2. Sirens 



Official promotion:

We look at the present through a rear-view mirror. We can’t help it. We all think we know best. Mark Seymour has a new album, Undertow.

Eleven songs and what I call 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.

Mark could be kicking back, collapsed on the couch acting gaga. Unless I am much mistaken, he’s not. Music is his “thing”, despite the fact that means starting the whole sordid business over yet again. If Mark didn’t want to be here, he’d be somewhere else. He has a kaleidoscope of experiences to draw upon. Undertow is arguably his finest album.

– Stephen Cummings, March 2011.

For further media information please contact Mushroom Group Promotions. Melbourne: 03 8597 1353. Sydney: 02 8366 1266. . Blog:

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Liner Notes

The Undertow is…
Mark Seymour: Vocals, rhythm guitar
CAMERON McKENZIE: Guitars, keys, vocals
John Favaro: Bass, vocals
Peter Maslen: Drums, vocals

All songs written by Mark Seymour except “Little Bridges”, co-written with Angie Hart, and “The Patsy”, written with The Undertow.

Produced and mixed by Cameron McKenzie Initial recording engineered by Damien Young at Pony Studios, South Hallam Road, Hallam, except for “Legend of the Snowmen” which was recorded at Sing Sing studios Richmond by Cameron McKenzie and assisted by Gareth Burnell. Further recording and mixing at Station Place Glenhuntly

Guest Players:
Tony Floyd: Drums on “Legend of the Snowmen”
Angie Hart: Vocals on “Little Bridges”
Petra Salsjo: Piano on “The Patsy”
The Glenhuntly Tabernacle Choir: Backing voices on “One More Ride”

Mastered by Jim Demain at Yes Master, Nashville, Tennessee

Live sound: Rob Miles
Stage: Stan Armstrong
Front Cover: Rob Miles
Layout and booklet design: Jo Vautier
Photography: Guy Palmer and Car park band shot Isamu Zawa

Thanks to Jo, Eva and Hannah and the rest of our Kiwi clan on the oder side of the ditch.. Long may you run! Then comes Donna Jackson, Geoff Goodfellow, Rob Miles, Stan Armstrong, Nick Seymour, Angie Hart, Steve Cummings, Check Jenkins, Felicity Urquhart, James Reyne, Brett and Tracy Kingman, Leanne Slater, Annie and Joed and all the Seymours.

Thanks to Michael Roberts and Petula Bier at Loud and Clear Management.

These songs are for my mother Paula who waits quietly in the light..

A man spends eighty grand on a palm tree to decorate the home of his mistress. On the other side of the continent a little wooden boat founders on the rocks of Christmas Island killing 48 asylum seekers. I watched suburban TV. I heard the outrage of youth in the voices of my children. I heard an old man softly singing ‘Danny Boy� to his dying wife in the afternoon sun and I wondered what songs were for. The mystery comes and goes. Feed it or it dies. I heard the hum of wheels and egnines, the wind off the southern ocean, Muddy Waters in the Tarago, open chords, big driving back beats, long wailing guitars. We started jamming at sound check, booked a studio in Hallam.

Management: Michael Roberts for Loud and Clear Management Pty Ltd
PO Box 276 Albert Park 3206 Vic Australia Email:

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(P) & (C) 2011 Mark Seymour
Under exclusive licence to Liberation Music
For Australia and New Zealand