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By Donna Penry
Perth musician Abbe May has created her own genre which she calls
"sex blues". May's music and live shows reek of sexual energy. May
explains, "Sometimes it is a very sexy feeling (performing). Writing is
sexy; I write rhythms from my hips, lyrics and melodies from my heart
and mind. So when it comes to performing the songs, hopefully they are
hitting the audience in the hips, the heart and the mind! Which should
be sexy, if you like that kind of thing." May's instrument of choice is
a white Fender Jaguar guitar that she calls 'Stevie Nicks': "She can do
anything she wants really, she's too good looking and sings too well to
be told what to do by me." May's versatility shows when she plays the
ukulele and whistles in some of her songs. May doesn't believe in tra-
ditional categories of gender and sexuality, stating: "I think they should
be considered with reverence and not patronised by classiﬁcation. I
consider myself spontaneous, intelligent and open. I am a lover! I am
not bound by gender and I will never trap myself into a classiﬁcation!
I dislike the phonetics of the word 'lesbian'! It brings to mind words
ptilian... amphibian. Too cold and clinical for something
beautiful. I look at certain words as devices of oppression.
I am very careful with them. If you must have a classiﬁca-
on - Sapphism sounds like more fun. Someone wise once
aid, 'I will support Sapphism until the end of my days,
because it is a manifestation of love like any other.' So, dip
me in honey and throw me to the sapphists."
May says she is looking forward to touring Europe in 2010:
It is incredible to see the world open up to you, while play-
g your own music." May's live shows are a must see, either
or with her band, The Rockin' Pneumonia. myspace.com/
Alicia-C is Melbourne's most glamorous
indie rock chick. Finally, her 'project' has
arrived, pushing out grooves inspired from
the electric church of Zep and the static of
Hendrix. The new trio of misﬁts are doing
down time in the studio creating sequences
of sounds for a new album being released
early next year. Alicia-C has toured the
UK, North America and Europe. She has
played at the prodigious Edge of the World
Music Festival (BC, Canada), Woodford
Folk Festival (Qld) and Frankston Interna-
tional Guitar Festival (Vic). When Alicia's
not playing her own tunes you can ﬁnd
her playing bass for local act Anoushka.
• It's festival season - make sure you book early
for your favourite festivals.
• Video Hits - The Number Ones CD includes 60
certified Australian chart toppers from the 80s,
90s and 00s! Out now.
• The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac is out now featuring
36 of their classic hits on a double CD.
• Leave Britney alone! Her true fans loved her
be filling dance
floors with these
Unafraid to change
her sound, Vanessa
powerful, soulful vocals with rock/dance & pop
music. It's an awesome listen!
Eat My Shadow
Angie's sweet clean
vocals make this
album a listening
pleasure. For a
limited time it
includes a bonus
disc of Angie covering some of her favourite
Tegan and Sara
twins T&S have
packed this CD
full of great pop
melodies to a
rock sound, telling
stories of love,
romance and reflections on life. Enjoyable.
The First Dance
have created an
emotion of sound.
beautiful vocals, that conjures images of a
light shining from the darkness within.
HOMEBAKE - Sydney, Dec 5th with ABBE MAY, BRIDEZILLA, SIA and SARAH BLASKO.
GIN WIGMORE - Dec 1st East Brunswick Club; 2nd The Zoo Brisbane; 4th Gaelic Theatre Sydney;
5th Homebake Sydney.
PORCELAIN - Dec 2nd Notes Newtown; 4th Shoalhaven Entertainment Center; 5th Dapto Leagues
THE LUCKY WONDERS - Dec 20th Lennox Point Hotel, Lennox Head.
OPHELIA OF THE SPIRITS - Dec 16th The Vanguard, Newtown.
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