May has an axe to grind

By Anthony Probert | posted on October 7, 2017

GRITTY guitar-slinging indie artist Abbe May hit the stage at the White Star Hotel on Sunday night and kept an enthusiastic crowd wrapped up with her mix of rock-based originals and covers.

May’s reputation for intense, raw performances drew an educated crowd of live music aficionados for the rare spring Sunday-session triple-bill, even if numbers were a little thin on the ground.

While May delivered enough of her better-known tracks to satisfy those who had done their homework, some of the more memorable moments, song-ending guitar theatrics aside, were out-of-left-field covers.

She was perhaps at her most vulnerable when she put down her Gibson SG mid-set for an edgy cover of K.D. Lang’s Constant Craving.

But the guitar wasn’t rested for long, as the second half of the set lifted off somehow despite May’s restrained playing throughout.

The punchy set was brought to an end with May’s extended version of her hit Triple J Like a Version cover of Ginuwine’s Pony.

The triple-bill kicked off with local singer-songwriter Kris Nelson and WAMI award-winning Perth band Human Buoy.

The local thread continues with Albany’s Carla Geneve supporting May for her final WA show for the year at Mojos in Fremantle on Sunday night.