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The Jezabels

The Jezabels

December 8th 2013

Revelation is part of The Jezabels’ art. Three EPs have led us this far. The Man Is Dead. She’s So Hard. Dark Storm. Strange jewels dropped along their winding path to who knows where, each more lustrous than the last.

Did you see how they caught the light? Hurt Me broke the US charts, made iTunes’ single of the week. Easy To Love and Mace Spray were indie radio staples; Dark Storm an iTunes #1. AIR and APRA nominations were lavished for records and songwriting.

Meanwhile in the live arena, maybe you’ve been shaken by The Jezabels’ cocktail of power and elegance, at one of their sold out headline shows around the world, or at any number of festivals that left critics gasping, from Oz inkies to UK glossies to Austin’s SXSW:

“Commanding…epic…brilliant…menacing…purring, roaring, soaring… intellectual ferocity…pyromaniac intensity…imagination and emotional rawness…thundering…threatening…exuberant rock’n’roll swagger…”

So much for peeking through the keyhole. With Prisoner, their debut album, The Jezabels are released at last.

“We love a bit of drama,” firebrand singer Hayley Mary makes clear from the outset. “The EP trilogy was practical as well as conceptual on our part. It helped shaped us internally, as well as how we were perceived.

“The themes we got to develop, the aesthetic of the design… they helped establish our world, our business, our creative realm. It was nice to feel like we were protected within the force field of the trilogy.”

In the force field of their hearts and minds, Hayley Mary and keyboard player Heather Shannon were The Jezabels long before they left the coastal paradise of Byron Bay for the bright lights and dark shadows of Sydney in 2006.

Guitarist Sam Lockwood recognised them in the corridors of learning. History. English. Gender. Rock. He signed them up for a band competition, conjured drummer Nik Kaloper from the mist. The battle was won. The first of many.

“It was a combination of four individual desires to play music and taking whatever opportunities we could find — which happened to be each other,” says Hayley. “From there the process has pretty much been one of reconciling musical differences. But we’re getting closer.”

Prisoner is a panoramic study of tension and emancipation, from the echoing stone cathedral of the title track to the sun-blasted morning of the first single, Endless Summer; from the cloistered atmospherics of the instrumental interlude, Austerlitz, to the chiming and climbing pop of Deep Wide Ocean and the quiet reflecting pool of Peace of Mind.

Like the EP trilogy, Prisoner was recorded during stolen hours by Sydney producer Lachlan Mitchell, whose passion for glittering pop divas and his nocturnal gig in blood-guzzling black metal band Nazxul helped define The Jezabels’ polarities of grandiose theatrics and gothic intensity.

“I was always obsessed with that whole Brontë-esque gothic melodramatic thing Kate Bush did,” Hayley says. “I love the performance aspect of people like Freddie Mercury, David Bowie and Cyndi Lauper.

“Nik is obsessed with metal. He’s a perpetual ball of rhythm. He needs to drum so he doesn’t flip out. Heather is a classical pianist who has the advantage of not really knowing the rules of rock. Sam is the earthing element. He likes organic country-folk so he balances that theatrical, over-the-top, almost ’80s thing we have…

“Between us it gets very intense but also very dynamic and awesome. There’s always someone with a great idea that you would never think of yourself.”

Between big ideas and spectacular hooks, dynamic and awesome is about right. The ecstatically swelling melody of Long Highway and stately grace and sky bound chorus of Rosebud bring immediate rewards, but between layers of sound and meaning, Prisoner takes time to fully reveal itself.

“The lyrics are set out as a letter to a prisoner,” Hayley says. “I’m interested in the idea of your personal role in your own oppression. To a certain extent the album explores the idea of looking at yourself as a prisoner and asking about the reasons for that. Are they external or are they internal?”

Perhaps related is the fact that The Jezabels have chosen to remain an independent entity for their debut album — in spite of a virtual stampede of label interests.

“The team we’ve worked with showed faith in us from the first show, from management to production to design,” says Hayley. “That’s a valuable thing, to have this internal strength of knowing it’s us against the world.”

World be warned. Prisoner is loose.

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The Jezabels Release Prisoner Physically, FINALLY!

April 3rd 2012

At long last, Prisoner, the full-length from Aussie imports The Jezabels, is available to hold in your hands. We released it digitally last year, but now you can get your copy from your local record store or right here online. And don’t forget, the band will be gracing American audiences with a run of dates later this month. Full list is below the fold.

04/10 New York, NY, The Bowery Ballroom*^
04/12 Pittsburgh, PA, Brillobox*^
04/13 Philadelphia, PA, Johnny Brendas*^
04/14 Washington DC, Red Palace*^
04/16 Boston, MA, Brighton Music Hall*^
04/17 Montreal, QC, Divan Orange*
04/18 Toronto, ON, The Mod Club*
04/20 Chicago, IL, Lincoln Hall*^
04/21 Minneapolis, MN, Triple Rock Social Club*^
04/23 Winnipeg, MB, West End Cultural Centre*
04/24 Saskatoon, SK, Amigos Cantina*
04/26 Edmonton, AB, The Starlite Room*
04/27 Calgary, AB, The Gateway Bar*
04/28 Nelson, BC, The Royal*
04/30 Whistler, BC, The Langhorn Saloon*
05/01 Vancouver, BC, Venue Nightclub*
05/03 Seattle, WA, Crocodile*^
05/04 Portland, OR, Mississippi Studios*^
05/08 San Francisco, CA, The Independent*^
05/11 Los Angeles, CA, The Troubadour*^
05/12 San Diego, CA, Casbah*

*w/ Benjamin Francis Leftwich
^w/ Imagine Dragons

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The Jezabels Premiere New Video, Get Set For US Store

March 8th 2012

Recent Mom+Pop signees The Jezabels have just unveiled the new video for “Rosebud,” from their debut album Prisoner. You can snag the whole thing on iTunes now, or wait until April 3rd when the physical release finally hits stores.

Speaking of dates, we’ve got a few more for your calendar. Follow us after the jump for the band’s run of North American dates. Now everyone who got left out in the cold during their brief November run gets a few more chances.

04/10 New York, NY, The Bowery Ballroom*^
04/12 Pittsburgh, PA, Brillobox*^
04/13 Philadelphia, PA, Johnny Brendas*^
04/14 Washington DC, Red Palace*^
04/16 Boston, MA, Brighton Music Hall*^
04/17 Montreal, QC, Divan Orange*
04/18 Toronto, ON, The Mod Club*
04/20 Chicago, IL, Lincoln Hall*^
04/21 Minneapolis, MN, Triple Rock Social Club*^
04/23 Winnipeg, MB, West End Cultural Centre*
04/24 Saskatoon, SK, Amigos Cantina*
04/26 Edmonton, AB, The Starlite Room*
04/27 Calgary, AB, The Gateway Bar*
04/28 Nelson, BC, The Royal*
04/30 Whistler, BC, The Langhorn Saloon*
05/01 Vancouver, BC, Venue Nightclub*
05/03 Seattle, WA, Crocodile*^
05/04 Portland, OR, Mississippi Studios*^
05/08 San Francisco, CA, The Independent*^
05/11 Los Angeles, CA, The Troubadour*^
05/12 San Diego, CA, Casbah*

*w/ Benjamin Francis Leftwich
^w/ Imagine Dragons

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The Jezabels

Mom+Pop Sign The Jezabels, RollingStone.com Premieres A Track From Debut LP

October 27th 2011


Mom+Pop is thrilled to announce the signing of Australian quartet The Jezabels. The band’s debut full-length, Prisoner, will be released digitally November 8th with a physical release to follow in early 2012. Mom+Pop’s music services team, Boombox, is set to handle all marketing for the release.

Hear “Try Colour” From Prisoner at RollingStone.com NOW.

Recorded at SYNDEY’s Attic Studios with producer Lachlan Mitchell and mixed by Peter Katis, the album is a collection of soaring, sunkissed rock and goth-tinged pop. Since its Australian release in mid-September, The Jezabels have all but demolished Oz. In a matter of weeks, the band has sold out every show it’s played Down Under, debuted at #2 on the Aussie charts (held off only by worldwide phenomenon Adele), and won a pair of AIR awards. All in a day’s work.

The band will be kicking off a North American tour on November 8th. All dates, with Hey Rosetta, below the fold.

November 8th, 2011 Echo Los Angeles, CA, USA
November 9th, 2011 The Rickshaw Stop San Francisco, CA, USA
November 11th, 2011 The Crocodile Seattle, WA, USA
November 12th, 2011 Commodore Ballroom Vancouver, BC, Canada
November 14th, 2011 MacEwan Ballroom Calgary, AB, Canada
November 15th, 2011 Myer Horowitz Theatre Edmonton, AB, Canada
November 17th, 2011 The Garrick Centre Winnipeg, MB, Canada
November 18th, 2011 7th Street Entry Minneapolis, MN, USA
November 19th, 2011 Lincoln Hall Chicago, IL, USA
November 21st, 2011 Mercury Lounge New York, NY, USA *
November 23rd, 2011 Phoenix Concert Theatre Toronto, ON, Canada
November 24th, 2011 Phoenix Concert Theatre Toronto, ON, Canada
November 25th, 2011 Bronson Centre Ottawa, ON, Canada
November 26th, 2011 Corona Theatre Montreal, QC, Canada
* -Jezabels headline show

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