10 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Already stars in their native Australia, The Jezabels look to breaking into European and U.S. markets with their second album, The Brink. Produced by veteran producer Dan Grech-Marguerat, whose work with Radiohead and Lana Del Rey shows he can work both the artsy and pop ends of the spectrum, the album balances synths and guitar-based grandeur that’s all punctuated by the loud assault of vocalist Hayley Mary; she uses more of her upper range than ever to denote the urgency here. Between guitarist Samuel Lockwood’s U2-like shimmers and keyboardist Heather Shannon’s Depeche Mode–style synths, the band has often been compared to The Killers for their flexibility at working their sound for small clubs and potentially arenas. The album’s best songs—“The End,” “Time to Dance,” “Look of Love," and “Got Velvet”—show Mary leading by sultry example. She can play both fantasy partner and headstrong leader who’s aware that her faults only make her seem approachable in a world where the illusion is what makes a band great.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Already stars in their native Australia, The Jezabels look to breaking into European and U.S. markets with their second album, The Brink. Produced by veteran producer Dan Grech-Marguerat, whose work with Radiohead and Lana Del Rey shows he can work both the artsy and pop ends of the spectrum, the album balances synths and guitar-based grandeur that’s all punctuated by the loud assault of vocalist Hayley Mary; she uses more of her upper range than ever to denote the urgency here. Between guitarist Samuel Lockwood’s U2-like shimmers and keyboardist Heather Shannon’s Depeche Mode–style synths, the band has often been compared to The Killers for their flexibility at working their sound for small clubs and potentially arenas. The album’s best songs—“The End,” “Time to Dance,” “Look of Love," and “Got Velvet”—show Mary leading by sultry example. She can play both fantasy partner and headstrong leader who’s aware that her faults only make her seem approachable in a world where the illusion is what makes a band great.

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About The Jezabels

Australian quartet the Jezabels shimmer with their anthemic, empowering approach to indie pop. Comprising singer Hayley Mary, guitarist Samuel Lockwood, pianist/keyboardist Heather Shannon, and drummer Nik Kaloper, the group formed in 2007 after meeting at the University of Sydney, though Mary and Lockwood knew each other previously, having both grown up in Byron Bay. Taking a socially aware stance, the band name derived from Mary's perspective that Bible character Jezebel was misunderstood or misrepresented. Their first musical offering came in the form of an EP trilogy, beginning with 2009's The Man Is Dead and She's So Hard, rounded out a year later with Dark Storm. Propelled by a surprising combination of pop hooks and epic, moody energy, The Man Is Dead landed on the CMJ Top 200 chart in summer 2009, the first of many accolades for the band: by 2010, She's So Hard helped the band net two Independent Music Awards nods; the song "Hurt Me" was featured as song of the week in Australia, and Tegan and Sara tapped the quartet to open for them on their spring tour down under. Full-length debut Prisoner arrived digitally the next fall, with Rolling Stone spotlighting the track "Trycolour." Mom + Pop issued the physical version of Prisoner in early 2012, just in time for the band's main-stage set at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. In 2014, the Jezabels returned with Brink, which earned enthusiastic reviews and rose to number two on the Australian album charts. February 2016 saw the release of the band's third full-length album, Synthia, but shortly before the album arrived, the Jezabels announced they were canceling all touring while Heather Shannon was in treatment for a rare form of ovarian cancer. ~ Chrysta Cherrie

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