Live: Abbe May @ Ding Dong Lounge – 20/06/13

On the 20th of June, I pumped myself up to see Perth’s Abbe May in action. After listening to the newly released Kiss My Apocolypse, I had great expectations of the album tour and I was not disappointed. May lit up the Ding Dong Lounge in front of a capacity crowd that could not stop wolf-whistling as she gazed at her admirers through downturned eyes. A night full of musical wickedness and sultriness thus unfolded.Supporting May were Perth boys The Chemist. Originally from the Western state, and previously living in Melbourne for a short while, I remember seeing these boys a few years back when they were still new. With an album out this year, it was great to see how much the band has progressed. The set was tight, and lead guitarist/vocalist Benjamin Witt’s instrumental experimentation was nothing short of amazing. Their grungy blues style is in a genre of its own, and there was no lack of attitude from the four-piece. They were a perfect lead up to the principal act.Of course when May stepped out on the stage, the tension in the crowd was crazy. As she began her set, going through the album tracks one by one, she had a presence and confidence that most front men would envy. “Want Want Want” catapulted us into a dark abyss, as May stared down her admirers making them shiver into adoring puddles at her feet. She sucked the breath right out of us during “Napalm Baby!” and gave it back tenfold during a heavy rendition of “Karmageddon”.Never once did May lose her composure, and never did she miss a note. Her vocals from low to high were impressive, as was her attitude. Not one to dis a fan, she gladly indulged their whims for photos and chats, with a genuine chuckle. And then there was her encore. With a performance of “Pony” by Ginuwine, she reduced the crowd into a sweaty grinding mess. A song choice that was unexpected perhaps, but sinfully delightful.There was no shortage of chemistry as May gracefully accompanied us into the night, leaving us breathless and coy. Her departure from guitar-ridden tunes was clearly not a problem, instead giving us a set full of dirty pulses and puncturing vocals. It was a night to remember, cementing May as a genuine musical Radhika Chopra

June 26th 2013
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