Love comes to town for fes­ti­val

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE ’N’ LOUD -

RMED with a new al­bum of clas­sic love songs, a back cat­a­logue of hits and great re­views for his shows at the By­ron Bay Blues­fest last week­end, Mark Sey­mour lands on the beach in Surfers Par­adise this week­end for the free fam­ily con­cert se­ries Launch It.

While he’ll for­ever be known as the stand­out voice of beloved Aus­tralian band Hunters and Col­lec­tors, Mel­bourne singer, song­writer and mu­si­cian Sey­mour has earned a new army of fans thanks to solo al­bums in­clud­ing King With­out a Clue, One Eyed Man, Em­bed­ded, Day­time & the Dark, West­gate, Ti­tanic and the live al­bums Bal­lad of The One Eyed Man: Live at The Base­ment and From Bondi to Bed­lam: Live at the Gersh­win Room.

He’s also re­leased two al­bums with his band Un­der­tow – 2011’s Un­der­tow and his cur­rent col­lec­tion of love songs, Sev­enth Heaven Club.

Hav­ing co-writ­ten one of the worlds’ favourite love songs, Hunters and Col­lec­tors’ Throw Your Arms Around Me, it’s hardly sur­pris­ing Sey­mour’s lat­est re­lease is a 12-song col­lec­tion of odes about love and in­ti­macy. The al­bum features duets with former Leonardo’s Bride singer Abby Dob­son and Sey­mour’s daugh­ter Han­nah and a range of songs by Tom Petty, Neil Young, Dave Dob­byn, Bob Dy­lan and oth­ers.

‘‘I use cov­ers as a way of step­ping off into my own world,’’ he says.

‘‘I’m al­ready play­ing five of the songs off the al­bum in my live set.

‘‘It’s about the live per­for­mance. The al­bums are there to serve that.

‘‘The beauty of this record is that the ma­te­rial is so strong. As songs, they have own in­tegrity. They’re al­ready fa­mil­iar to peo­ple.’’

Of course, fans can look for­ward to hear­ing crowd-pleasers from Hunters and Col­lec­tors and Sey­mour’s other al­bums when he plays the sec­ond Launch It show on Satur­day.

– SUZANNE SIMONOT

Mark Sey­mour plays Launch It on Surfers Par­adise beach (Han­lon St) on Satur­day.

Mark Sey­mour

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