Like a woman who owns the room just by entering, Abbe May‘s brand new release ‘Are We Flirting?’ strides in on a bassline full of funk and a middle-fingers-up attitude. It’s the first song to come from May’s soon to be released new album, the excitingly titled Bitchcraft.

Of the album title May reveals that while suffering through a serious health crisis after a dangerous seizure while touring in 2013, it was the channeling of her own ‘inner bitch’ that pulled her through.

“When I had the seizure it felt like a near death experience,” said May. “The pressure threw me into the deep end of an existential crisis. I could barely keep my head above the water and I lost all the colour in my view. I spent 2 years recovering by clearing everything out of my life that wasn’t working for me. I got rid of people, habits, attitudes and parts of my lifestyle that made me stressed or anxious or depressed.”

“At one point I wanted to die because I was in so much agony. I was lucky I had the support and will to get well again because now I feel supercharged. I’m actually so grateful the whole horror happened. I had to access my inner bitch in order to cut myself loose. That’s why the new album is called “Bitchcraft”. It would never exist if I hadn’t channeled the bitch.”

When the term ‘bitch’ is so regularly used as a way to undermine and smother the very valid anger that women have, it’s always great to see people reclaim it as the empowering word it can be.

Abbe May will be touring Australia later this year in support Bitchcraft. Tickets go on sale Thursday 19th May.

Abbe May ‘Are We Flirting’ Tour

Friday July 1st – Newtown Social Club, Sydney

Saturday July 2nd – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane

Friday July 8th – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne

Friday July 15th – Mojo’s Bar, Fremantle