by Stuart McPhee in New Products on Friday 18 April 2008

You want blunt self assessment? Try this from the lead singer, Mark Seymour’s tome about life in the Australian rock juggernaut, Hunters and Collectors: ‘it’s a hard sell. It’s about a rock band with no image’. Seymour certainly begins Thirteen Tonne Theory behind the eight ball, yet it is this refreshing take on the struggles of being in a group that make the story more endearing. ‘(The band) was not that much different to a trade union: useful while the work was around, but a straightjacket once people lost faith in the notion of collective bargaining’. Brutal honesty that you don’t often find these days.