Abbe May spent her late teens and early twenties in Australia’s sleaziest rock venues, busted up studios and unreliable tour vans in various solo and band incarnations. With sly humour, Abbe has graduated from her critically acclaimed early explorations of rock and blues to become a guitar-slinging goddess with an atmospheric cocktail of sexy indie riff-rock, psychedelia and blues.
Abbe’s album Design Desire was released in July 2011 to great acclaim, enjoying feverish radio support for the singles ‘Mammalian Locomotion’, ‘Taurus Chorus’ and title track ‘Design Desire’. The album was a finalist for the Australian Music Prize and nominated for ‘Best Independent Album’ at the 2011 AIR Awards, where Abbe was also nominated for ‘Best Independent Artist’.
Songs from the album have also seen numerous successful television and film synchs including the very popular use of ‘Mammalian Locomotion’ as the closing track on a final episode of the hit series ‘Entourage’ and her song ‘Taurus Chorus’ being featured across the first ever Jagermeister TVC campaign in Australia and New Zealand.
“Abbe May’s Design Desire makes intelligent rock anything but a misnomer. It’s powerful and daring and asks that you pay attention, without having to yell its intentions at you. It’s as good an album as was made anywhere in the world last year” – Bernard Zuel