Love comes to town for festival
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.