Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Abbe May

Abbe MayAre sex tourettes contagious? We don’t really know. However, we do know that Abbe May’s music most definitely is. Her latest record Kiss My Apocalypse is drenched in dark synths and carries Abbe’s sexy yet mysterious pop vocals. To sum things up, we agree with her Twitter description, you should go “buy her fucking records”. AMBY had the chance to speak with Abbe, so have a read as we chat about her song Sex Tourette’s, questioning the gender of Ken and Barbie, and collecting Australian Jewellery!

AMBY: Hey Abbe! Thanks for having a chat with AMBY, what have you been up to lately?

Abbe May: I have been launching my new record..Kiss My Apocalypse.. Ive just recovered from the celebrations after the first shows.

AMBY: How would you describe your sound to those unfamiliar with your music?

Abbe May: Doom Pop. Sexrocktica. Goth n’ B.

AMBY: You have just released your latest album Kiss My Apocalypse. What were some of the highlights while recording it?

Abbe May: We learnt a lot about writing and recording. The biggest highlight was probably finishing it. It felt like a lifetime while making it.

AMBY: What’s the story behind your striking song Sex Tourette’s?

Abbe May: The song is about the lack of depth to sex sans love. The title came from a conversation I was privy to where someone described “Sex Tourette’s”..It’s when a person can’t help but say really inappropriate things during sex.

AMBY: Which three albums changed your life?

Abbe May: Tricky – Maxinquaye. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange. Fleetwood Mac – Rumours.

AMBY: You are known for being honestly outspoken which I admire. What is the most inappropriate thing you have ever said?

Abbe May: I’m outspoken but quite controlled with regard to the context around  what I’m saying. Im careful to read my audience. I’d never taint a child with some of the things I deem appropriate for an adult ear.. However.. at Christmas family dinner a few years ago.. I loudly questioned the gender of Ken and Barbie and the practicalities of  their physicality…. both just have mounds, you see? Then I wondered how this was good for growing minds to have anatomically incorrect role models, if you will. “we all have genitals of some kind.. we all gotta  pee.. we all gotta shit.. not barbie and ken, apparently!”… The look on my older brothers face told me that It wasn’t exactly the right time to develop the discussion.

AMBY: Which artists have you been listening to lately?

Abbe May: Lots of 80’s and 90’s Madonna. I keep returning to Tricky and Portishead. Patti Smitth is god.

AMBY: What’s the funniest thing to happen to you at a gig?

Abbe May: Someone in the front row licked my leg. I yanked it away and said to her “honey, you have no idea where that’s been”. She was definitely high.

AMBY: What is the best song of the year so far?

Abbe May: The Preatures – Is This How You Feel

AMBY: What has you excited for the rest of 2013?

Abbe May: Our Australian tour next week and then planning some tours through the UK and US!

AMBY: And last but never least, what’s something about Abbe May that nobody knows?

Abbe May: I collect Australian Jewellery. I have a large collection.   There is a really interesting group of designers around Australia, and particularly from Western oz.. The stuff I like is based on Australian wildlife.. like the Totomoto honey eater i wear on my album cover. There is also some really interesting stuff based around the universe, astrology , tarot and life forces such as Kundalini.  Australia has a really cool creative jewellery design scene.

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Alicia Atout

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