Sunday 1 December 2013

The Jezabels - The End

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In the past few years we've been treated to a superfluity of female-fronted alt-rock/indie groups, many of whom were lauded by the UK press. Bands like Dum Dum Girls, Vivian Girls and so on. Somehow, Australians The Jezabels remained on the fringes of this coverage. The only real reason I can think of for this is that the British press has always had a crush on New York chic, and therefore favoured certain groups above others. Back home they have a number two album to their name and even won the Australian Music Prize (essentially their equivalent to the Mercury Prize). Dum Dum Girls have grown in stature since those early releases and now make records that demand to be noticed by all corners of the music world. Can The Jezabels crack the foreign markets in the same way?

With second album 'The Brink' set for release on February 17th they'll certainly be hoping to. Its first single, 'The End', steps up to the challenge, perhaps giving them a slightly more polished and even commercial sound (much like the aforementioned New Yorkers' second record) with a towering chorus that could fill the cavities of large venues, which is fitting as they've recently supported Depeche Mode and Pixies, something that will do their cause no harm whatsoever. Those bands have seen the, well, I was about to say "the potential here", but it's no longer about potential. Oozing confidence and sounding tight, melodic and powerful, the Aussie quartet have already realised that potential. The songs are here for fans of alternative music, for rock music, and for pop music alike. 'The End' is a big tune from a band who mean business. Their homeland is up to speed, now the Northern Hemisphere needs to catch up.

The Jezabels' website

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Catch them live:

Jan 25 Laneway Festival, Singapore, Singapore
Jan 27 Laneway Festival, Auckland, New Zealand
Jan 31 Laneway Festival, Brisbane, Australia
Feb 01 Laneway Festival, Melbourne, Australia
Feb 02 Laneway Festival, Sydney, Australia
Feb 07 Laneway Festival, Adelaide, Australia
Feb 08 Laneway Festival, Perth, Australia
Feb 24 Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Feb 25 Gorilla, Manchester, United Kingdom
Feb 26 Oran Mor, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Feb 28 Limelight 2, Shefford, United Kingdom  
Mar 01 The Button Factory, Dublin, Ireland
Mar 02 The Button Factory, Dublin, Ireland
Mar 04 The Fleece, Bristol, United Kingdom
Mar 05 Shepherds Bush Empire, London, United Kingdom
Mar 06 Concorde 2, Brighton, United Kingdom
Mar 08 Botanique Orangerie, Brussels, Belgium
Mar 09 Rotown, Rotterdam, Netherlands  
Mar 11 La Maroquinerie, Paris, France
Mar 12 Bitterzoet, Amsterdam, Netherlands  
Mar 14 Uebel & Gefährlich, Hamburg, Germany
Mar 15 Astra, Berlin, Germany  
Mar 16 Sankt Peter,  Frankfurt, Germany
Mar 18 Freiheiz, Munich, Germany  
Mar 19 Komplex Klub, Zürich, Switzerland  
Mar 20 GEBAUDE 9, Cologne, Germany

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