Sometimes record labels make strange, irrational decisions. Up with the worst of them are Leeds/Duchess music publishers severing the tie allowing them to collect royalties for the works of a certain Bob Dylan in 1962, and Geffen Records’ decision to pump thirteen million dollars into an album called Chinese Democracy.
But personally, I believe that the fact that record labels have failed to pick up on indie pop/folk quartet The Jezabels despite three supremely impressive EP’s released over the past 12 months is a blunder of the highest order. Following in the footsteps of Cloud Control and The Vines in forming at the University of Sydney, for the past two years The Jezabels have been touring relentlessly and supporting the likes of Tegan and Sara, Bluejuice, Josh Pyke and Van She. As a result of their hard work and commitment to the cause, they are no longer under the radar, but for a band of this quality, their popularity should be through the roof.
In vocalist Hayley Mary, they possess arguably Australia’s strongest young singer. Her haunting yet captivating voice ensures that once you get sucked in, no other vocalist will seem adequate. But the rest of the band are equally talented, perfectly complimenting her undeniable skills. In particular, drummer Nik Kaloper’s frantic brand of percussion emphasises the urgency of The Jezabels’ music, specifically in standout track Hurt Me.
Their most recent release is EP Dark Storm, from which Mace Spray, an absolute belter of a track, is the first single.
If record labels have any sense at all, they will snap up this gem of a band without hesitation.