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The Jezabels


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Sydney, Australia (2007 – present)

The Jezabels are an band from Sydney, New South Wales that formed in 2007. They classify their music as ‘intestindie’ as it contains a mixture of different genres. The group’s members are Hayley Mary (vocals), Samuel Lockwood (guitar), Heather Shannon (piano/keyboard) and Nik Kaloper (drums).

We are a thing that came out of a few chance meetings at Sydney University. You see, Heather and Hayley had been playing music together for a while. Inevitably came the journey south from Byron - being their place of youth - to Sydney for a foray into higher education. Nik and Sam were studying at Sydney University also. And you know, for some reason you just meet people…

We don’t have a manifesto as such, but we do have definite intentions in what we do. We wish to play pop, but with a recognizable element of self-awareness. We wish to be emotional, but with a sense of certainty that our audiences won’t walk away thinking that we take ourselves too seriously. What is paramount is an attempt to push this thing called the culture industry in some direction which makes it more human. (I guess this is all too ambitious but oh well… We do try)

Heather studies piano at the conservatorium and reads a bit too much Russian literature. Hayley looks toward her personal canon of pop ballads for guidance in all situations and believes we must return to the way life was prior to the poker machine epidemic. Nik is a science student who imbues his drumming with formulas and mathematical complexities. Sam is a country music-playing, Marx-spouting communist with a love of all things meaningfully subversive.


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  • rhorewyn

    maybe pat me on the back when you're able

    17 Feb 9:27pm Reply
  • sheepmachine

    best band evR

    25 Jan 10:31pm Reply
  • Kelvius

    those first 3 eps are so good that it hurts me just a little

    20 Jan 10:00pm Reply
  • luna_proets

    что новый альбом лажовенький вышел

    15 Dec 2014 Reply
  • idioticteen

    be a star rules

    15 Dec 2014 Reply
  • WinnieJohnson

    amazing band!

    19 Nov 2014 Reply
  • gschmeus

    They are so dramatically good

    14 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Dodfalk

    Wasn't a fan of the new album _at all_ when I first listened to it and never gave it a second chance. Now shuffle has brought me back to "Look of love" and, oh my, what a fucking fantastic track.

    3 Oct 2014 Reply
  • damarys_eira

    Peace of Mind <3

    29 Aug 2014 Reply
  • cmcmsf

    Best. Band. Ever. It's a damn shame how unknown they are to so many.

    19 Aug 2014 Reply
  • morgaineblack

    How is Prisoner not a top track???

    14 May 2014 Reply
  • jhimbob

    Just experienced them playing my favourite songs from the new album live, was everything I hoped it would be! So happy

    11 May 2014 Reply
  • StarsRblue

    the new album has grown on me a lot

    8 May 2014 Reply
  • luischarlos

    Psychotherapy <3 [3]

    20 Apr 2014 Reply
  • coldasyouare

    Psychotherapy <3 [2]

    2 Apr 2014 Reply
  • MasterOfIlusion

    In my opinion All You Need is the best song on the new album. Deserves more listeners

    28 Mar 2014 Reply
  • leopardali

    crushing on the new album,crushing on hayley,crushing on nik,crushing hard in general

    27 Mar 2014 Reply
  • kezelda

    The new album is poppier but still amazing. It's still got that great unique Jezabels sound

    13 Mar 2014 Reply
  • sheepmachine

    the new album is incredible. it's a great progression from previous - still got that unmistakable jezabels vibe but it's distinctive... feels fuller and more floaty. "psychotherapy," "look of love," and "beat to beat" are all-time greats. both of their albums are wonderful and destined to be classics tbh

    6 Mar 2014 Reply
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