Abbe May — ‘Design Desire’
This Perth, Australian musician has a cool slash and burn, take no prisoners, verging on Metal, musical language. I usually have a short attention span in said territory, but there are enough quieter spots to not leave the listener prematurely spent. There are not many female led bands or solo acts blazing these trails; but here is hoping Ms. May continues finding her rock in a hard place and shares these choice agates with us!
Growing up in a Western Australian country town, Abbe May is an intense and
primal live performer, capable of ‘machine gunning’ an audience with her electric guitar and then stripping it back to a disarmingly intimate delivery.
Working through WA’s notorious talent pool to the top
of the tree, Abbe impressed both local and national industry, before an
explosion of recognition for her singles ‘Mammalian Locomotion’ and ‘Design
Desire’ lead to the album becoming one of the most anticipated in the
international blogosphere. With Track of the Day on Spinner.com, a glowing
review on PopMatters.com as well as love from Los Angeles’ tastemaker station
KCRW, and at home from Australia’s Triple J and community radio stations, Abbe
has well and truly made an international statement with a progression in both
sound and attitude.