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Halifax, Canada (1993 – 1996)

There are at least two artists with this name.

1) Jale was a indie rock band from Halifax, Nova Scotia, on the east coast of Canada. Contemporaries of Sloan and The Super Friendz, they were formed in 1993 and disbanded in 1996. Although they only released three records in all (the albums Dreamcake and So Wound and the EP “Closed”), Jale is considered one of the more influential bands to come out of the mid-1990s Halifax scene.

Jale was formed by four art school students in 1993: guitarist Jennifer Pierce, who had earlier sung backup on the album Smeared by Sloan; drummer Alyson MacLeod; bassist Laura Stein; and guitarist Eve Hartling. The band’s name was formed from the first letters of the members’ first names. Local legend had it that the band formed after all four members attended a concert by Seattle band Velocity Girl; whether that was true or not, Jale’s early recordings resembled that band’s work.

Chris Murphy of Sloan introduced Pierce and MacLeod, and later lent equipment to the fledgling band and booked them for opening slots at Sloan concerts. Early singles released on Halifax independent record labels drew the attention of American label Sub Pop Records, and Jale became the second Canadian band (after Eric’s Trip) to be signed to the Seattle label.

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