The band met and formed while studying at the University of Sydney. They recorded, produced and self-released their first two releases after graduating from university. Those releases being, The Man Is Dead EP (2009) and She’s So Hard EP (2009) respectively.
Almost exactly a year to the day of releasing their second extended play, they released their third and final extended play, Dark Storm EP (2010), before making full length albums. Upon graduating, until the release of their third extended play, the band had toured extensively to promote themselves in their native Australia, before branching out to the rest of the world.
Less than a year later, The Jezabels released their debut album, Prisoner (2011), on independent record labels throughout the world. Their genre of music is classed as indie/alternative rock and in their later releases you can hear and electronic sound, almost like an ode to the punk and ‘new wave’ era of the 70s and 80s.
In 2012, they embarked on a worldwide tour to promote their debut album. I was lucky enough to see the band supporting Garbage at Brixton Academy. Most people will tell you that, when they go to a gig to see a band perform, the support isn’t that great. Especially when they’re unknown or starting out. I must call bullsh*t on this as I’ve been to 37 gigs, a Pop Rock and Indie Festival and quite a few local and national battle of the bands events, where the calibre of the support’s talent is higher than most people want to believe. The band were amazing live, enough said.
Two years later, they released their sophomore album The Brink (2014). Usually I’d recall the events of a previous gig before I decided on whether to see a band for a second time. They impressed me on the previous album tour, so I felt I should go to keep showing my love for independent music.
In 2016, they released their most current album-to-date, Synthia (2016). All I can say about this band is that I’m a sucker for anything exotic or Australian. All Australian music, just like German music, is strangely alluring and no matter whether it’s good or bad, I’m guaranteed to absolutely love it.
That’s it for this week, so stay tuned for the next installment, which will be taking place in rainy England. For now, please sit back and enjoy The Jezabels most recent single, ‘Smile’.