Sunday, February 3, 2008

The Acoustic Lounge - Mark Seymour

many thanks to tricky

Mark Seymour (born 1957 in Benalla, Victoria) is an Australian musician and singer best known for his work as the frontman and songwriter of rock band Hunters & Collectors, but also with a solo career.

Seymour moved to Melbourne from Benalla in country Victoria with his family in 1972 and has spent many years in the St Kilda area.

In 1981, he formed the band Hunters & Collectors in Melbourne, playing guitar and handling vocals.

In 1997, whilst still officially part of Hunters & Collectors he released his debut solo album King Without a Clue, [1] which earned him a nomination in the ARIA Awards for Best Male Artist (as well as Best Debut Single with Last Ditch Cabaret). In 1998, Hunters & Collectors officially split up.

Seymour later released a live DVD/CD in 2001 entitled One Eyed Man, Embedded in 2004, and 2005's Daytime & the Dark. His fourth solo studio album, titled Westgate was released in June, 2007.

Seymour continues to tour, focusing on mostly small acoustic performances.

In 2006, Seymour's ex-girlfriend (whom he had not been seeing since 1992) was fined $800 for breaching a restraining order that Seymour imposed on her.

Seymour, an Australian rules football supporter and proud Victorian often wore the Big V guernsey of the Victorian State of Origin side whilst performing on stage earlier in his career. He wrote the anthem "Holy Grail", which although not intended to be about the premiership cup, became synonymous with the AFL Grand Final and adopted by Network Ten for broadcasts of AFL matches. Seymour has performed at several Grand Finals.

He is the brother of Crowded House bass player Nick Seymour.

The Liberation Blue Acoustic Series (a kind of studio-based Australian answer to the old MTV Unplugged) has been an unqualified success.

Hunters & Collectors' lead singer and songwriter, Mark Seymour, never has he sounded so good, so emotionally convincing. This is Seymour on guitars, Cameron McKenzie on guitars and percussion and Jake Mason on keyboards.

The power lies in the clarity of Seymour's delivery. Every word can be heard, every emotional subtlety is heightened.

Listen to the in-your-face, big-brass rocker Human Frailty and be overwhelmed by its new, deeply felt emotionalism. Surrender to the harmonies on True Believers and, perhaps most impressively, be amazed at Everything's On Fire which, with the driving drumbeat removed, becomes a haunting meditation on love and irresponsibility with Seymour singing like an angel. Idiosyncratically, the collection does not include Throw Your Arms Around Me.

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