Sunday, July 24, 2011

THE JEZABELS @ The Viper Room

The Jezabels' Hary Mary
The Jezabels perform at The Viper Room.
photograph by picksysticks


The Jezabels, hot off the news of signing with Play It Again Sam Recordings in the UK, just broke news that their debut album, "Prisoner" will be released next spring.

The Sydney-based band, consisting of Haley Mary (vocals), Heather Shannon (keys), Samuel Lockwood (Guitar) and Nik Kaloper (drums), have been making noise down under since the release of their first EP The Man Is Dead in 2009. They've played to sold-out shows all over the world, most recently causing a big stir at this year's South By Southwest. Now, with the release of their third EP Dark Storm last year, The Jezabels have solidified their indie-status and have been generating a cult-like following with their high-energy live shows and high-gliding arena choruses. Dark Storm, their third EP of this trilogy is a much more confident and mature offering. It's as though they've had to grow up quickly from their short two years of touring, a real life school of rock living on the road with those experiences and emotions evident on this latest release.
The Jezabels' Hary Mary
The Jezabels perform at The Viper Room.
photograph by picksysticks

Last week, they stopped off at The Viper Room to play a quick set before jetting off for their UK tour next month. And for an early show at The Viper on a Monday night, the room was pretty packed with fans who were there to hear Mary's dreamy pop-vocals layered on top of soaring arrangements. Their songs, with Lockwood and Laloper's lead, are peppered with pop-alternative melodies and Shannon's sonic landscaping which, when textured together, makes you feel good to be alive, like you're standing on the edge of a cliff, balancing inches from certain weightlessness.

The Jezabels, in four years since they've playing, already play like veterans. They have the talent and they certainly have to sound to fly as high as they want. Where that talent will take them is up to them. But judging by their first three EPs their highly anticipated debut album is surely going to be eagerly awaited. The Jezabels return to Los Angeles on November 8th when they play The Echo in Silver Lake.


"Disco Biscuit Love" by The Jezabels
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