Bubbling under is a word that has described Sydney band The Jezabels over the last two years, despite a superb debit album Prisoner and three superb EP’s mainstream success has eluded them so far. The Jezabels are an Australian four-piece indie, alternative rock and disco pop musical group that formed in 2007. They consist of Nik Kaloper on drums, Samuel Lockwood on lead guitar, Hayley Mary (also known as Hayley Frances McGlone) on lead vocals, and Heather Shannon on piano and keyboard. One of Australia’s hottest exports have spent the last two years touring and honing their live performance culminating on an impressive support slot for mega band Depeche Mode in fact their last visit to Scotland’s musical capital (Glasgow) was at the Hydro with the 80’s superstars, tonight the Jezabels make a welcome return to Glasgow playing the city’s Oran Mor touring their new album The Brink and selling out the venue for good measure.
Opening with the title track from the new album The Hurt the audience immediately get into the grove of this spacey song showcasing the vocals of singer Haley Mary eloquently. Crowd favourite up next as the opening beats of Endless Summer rattles through the pa and the audience sing their hearts out. Look Of Love again from the new album is pure Jezabels…. The falsetto vocals complimented by a big spacey guitar sound…excellent. The new material is interrupted by another crowd favourite Hurt Me, the massive piano sound of classically trained Heather Shannon filled the vaults of this old church crypt …a perfect setting. Mary introduces Psychotherapy as the quietest song she has ever written and is met by the deserved attention of the crowd …a definite grower!
All in all the new song from The Brink are well received but the best applause is reserved for the older songs like Endless Summer and Hurt me but even these were new at one point and the new material will be crowd favourites next time.
A rammed tight venue and a great opportunity for the crowd to get up close and personal to The Jezabels before they become massive…. A great gig form a band on form and surely destined for mainstream success with a great new album…The Brink.