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Abbe May

Abbe May, is one of Australia’s most respected songwriters and performers whom many consider to be one of the country's most versatile and dynamic vocalists.

ARIA, AIR, WAM & AMP award nominee Abbe May released her most recent album “Kiss My Apocalypse” to great acclaim from Australian and international media. Independently released, the record debuted #1 Air album chart, #17 ARIA Australian album chart, #24 iTunes Australian album chart and #4 on the iTunes Alternative chart.

The album's impressive chart debut was soon followed by award nominations for the Western Australian Music Award for ‘Solo Act of The Year’ (which she won!)  ARIA Award for ‘Best Female’ and Australia’s prestigious AMP Award nomination (equivalent to UK Mercury Prize Award).

The ‘Electronica/Doom Pop’ artist has released two albums and 5 EP’s in the last 5 years. A prolific and powerful artist, Abbe bases herself in a small coastal town in the southwest of Western Australia. It is here in a small studio by the Indian Ocean that she records her music and it is here where she decided to trade in the guitar dominance and swampy blues of her previous album Design Desire, for a drum machine and weirdo pop with the release of Kiss My Apocalypse.

For Abbe a brave move, as her 2011 rock and blues guitar-driven album Design Desire not only enjoyed standout reviews and radio play but was nominated for the AMP Award, AIR Awards (Best Independent Album and Artist) and chosen for numerous film and TV syncs (Entourage, Jagermeister TVC campaign)

With sly humour, Abbe graduated from her critically acclaimed early explorations of rock and blues to become a guitar-slinging goddess with an atmospheric cocktail of sexy indie riff-rock, psychedelia and blues.

She tours her music extensively both in Australia and internationally with a live performance that is violent, intense and sexual. Many consider Abbe May to be one of Australia’s most versatile and dynamic vocalists with a catalogue of songs about love and lust that could almost be romantic if it weren’t for the vitriol.

REVIEWS

“Lady can shred…..this is all out rock’n'roll interspersed with blues, slide guitar, piano balladry and a sinewy darkness throughout” - Zan Rowe (Triple J Mag)

“Abbe May’s Design Desire makes intelligent rock anything but a misnomer. It’s powerful and daring and asks that you pay attention, without having to yell its intentions at you. It’s as good an album as was made anywhere in the world last year” – Bernard Zuel (SMH)

"Hands down, Perth blues rocker Abbe May has the best female voice in Australia’ - Drum Media (Aus)

“May chucks a musical U-turn, indulging in a joy of sex and synths. It’s dirty, flirty and dark” - 4/5 STARS - WHO Magazine

“Abbe May plays a scorching guitar. She is the f**king shit” - Nic Harcourt (MTV US)

"Abbe May is a black sheep in a pop paddock groaning with nice girls" -  4/5 STARS - The Age

"This ominous and sexy LP, marks an exciting progression for May. It is clearly impossible to draw comparisons to Design Desire, but what is constant throughout Abbe’s recordings is an unmistakeable sex appeal, and chaotic honesty." 8/10  -The Au Review.

 

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