Mark formed Hunters and Collectors in 1980, with a bunch of Uni friends. It was a rollicking eight-piece funk ensemble with industrial percussion, " bizarre" atonal synthesizer, thundering bass guitar and a brass section that was so demonically loud that it became known as the " Horns of Contempt "The Album " Human Frailty " was recorded in Melbourne in 1985. This record has proven to be one of the most important and enduring records of the eighties and Hunters and Collectors were still playing a large part of this cut in 1998 when they retired. With " Human Frailty " Mark discovered, love, loss, and pop melody. His solo records are directly connected to this era and bear the same stamp of raw honesty and emotional power.
Hunters and Collectors went on to record five more albums, and became a huge touring operation.
By 1998, Mark felt that he had done all that he could as the front man of Hunters and Collectors. In that year he plunged into the unknown. After eighteen years of touring with what became one of Australia's most successful and deeply loved rock bands, he found himself alone on stage with just an acoustic guitar.
n going solo Mark has discovered a new and refreshing intensity in h is voice that he believed he had lost in the band.
His work has developed and grown around this simple and direct approach to performing. He continues to search for the emotional truth in a song. Mark Seymour's strength as a performer remains undiminished despite the ever-present shadow of the band he used to be in.
In 2007 Mark Seymour completed his fifth critically acclaimed solo album "Westgate." Produced by Cameron McKenzie, "Westgate" follows a very simple formula. Make sounds you'd like to hear, as opposed to what others expect. It is stark and simple. It is a dark evocation of the suffering and dignity of ordinary people. It is, as Seymour likes to put it, a "eulogy to the greatness of ordinary people."
ow in 2011, Mark takes this theme and tone further with his new self titled album Mark Seymour and the undertow. A collection of songs with an emphasis on storytelling it is both raw and intense with Mark's vocals adding darkness, poignancy and drama. Musically it's an album of roots based blues with a touch of country and folk, performed and collaborated with Mark's regular band mates ' The Undertow ' comprising Peter Maslen ( drums ), John Favaro ( bass ) and Cameron McKenzie ( Guitar and also co-producer ).