Perth singer songwriter Abbe May launched herself back into the musical sphere a few months ago after a three year break from the business following an on-stage seizure.
But that time away clearly hasn’t dulled her knack for pouring her emotions out into a song, as evidenced by her just-released single ‘Doomsday Clock’.
Encorporating elements of soul, R&B and a smattering of gospel, lyrically the track deals with where we are as a humanity and the increasing levels of negativity and divisiveness eroding our politics.
“I am disturbed by the political climate in Australia,” she reveals. “We seem to live in a country that is more concerned with #censusfail than about our government’s horrifying abuses of the human rights of refugees. We have lost our way and it bodes very badly for our future.
“We are being told to fear refugees by the very people we should be focusing our suspicions on – the vast majority of politicians and the big business they work for. They are the ones keeping everyone hungry. They sold us the trickle down lie. Not the refugees.
“History has shown how conservative governments deliberately fan the flames of the fear of the ‘other’ to keep control and to distract us. They deliberately gut funding for the arts and for education so as to keep us uninformed and therefore unarmed against their policies which are overwhelmingly geared toward creating massive class divide.
“This is not a time for artists to be silent. We have a job to do.”
And it’s personal for Abbe too, spurred into action by the love of her niece and nephew.
“I want them to have a good future here on earth. I want to try at least to help guide them through a better world than the one I currently see being willfully destroyed through greed, manipulation and stupidity. I am just a singer but I may as well use my voice for good if it can in any way make the world better for them.”
That voice will be in full flight come November this year, when Abbe will flit across the country on another national tour. Kicking off at the Newtown Social Club in Sydney on November 17, the tour will wrap at Jack Rabbit Slim’s in her hometown on December 16. Tickets for all dates are on sale now.
November 17 : Sydney (Newtown Social Club)
November 18 : Canberra (Transit Bar)
November 19 : Wollongong (Rad Bar)
November 24 : Melbourne (Northcote Social Club)
November 25 : Mornington (Grand Hotel)
December 02 : Geelong (Workers Club)
December 03 : Adelaide (Grace Emily)
December 09 : Byron Bay (Beach Hotel)
December 10 : Brisbane (Bearded Lady)
December 16 : Perth (Jack Rabbit Slim’s)