The Jezabels have announced a full tour of the UK in February and March 2014, this run of shows will the Australian four-piece's biggest to date including London's O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire on the 5th March. The band will be supported across all shows by folk-pop brother duo, Champs. The Jezabels tickets go on-sale 9am on Friday 22nd November
'The Brink' is The Jezabels second album and it was summoned from a dark place; despite the outstanding success of their masterful trio of debut EPs and then their first long player, Prisoner, which catapulted them from indie kudos to full blown mainstream success (No.2 album, the Australian Music Prize Best Album award and a staggering, 8 ARIA nominations). The two solid years of international touring played a huge part in forming the abyss that welcomed the band when they pulled into their new base, London, at the end of that marathon cycle of gold, platinum, headline sold-out shows and festivals.
Scheduled for release on 17th February 2014 on PIAS and produced by Dan Grech-Marguerat (Radiohead, Lana Del Rey, The Vaccines, Hurts), 'The Brink' is an album of songs that manifest all of those emotions into vaulting ambition. It is an utterly fearless record of youthful optimism achieved through hard won experience, taut with gleaming hooks, indelible melodies, all hammered out by a tight-knit band through dark days in a strange new city. From album opener and title track 'The Brink' via the first single 'The End' (2nd December 2013) to the closing bars of the finale All You Need, The Jezabels second album is a thrilling affirmation.
"We played between 180 and 200 shows last year and it was possibly a bit extreme," says Hayley Mark of The Jezabels. "But the low came from not performing. We basically had a year off and I realised how much I live to do shows. For me, writing is the self-deprecating, self-loathing stage. We all had our reasons for feeling low at various times, but I felt like I was on the brink of a lot of things on this album. Some of them good, some of them bad: youth and age, alternative and pop, giving up and pushing through. I guess hope is part of that. And also fear." It is these feelings and this precipitous state that the band have distilled into 'The Brink'.
It is a death defying balance of optimism and maturity; richness and simplicity. It is a the journey of a band dealing with loss of innocence, mortality, politics, isolation and unity all spun with silken ?pop' threads, which Hayley sees as being given to them through a greater appreciation of simplicity. "What this record represents is not reflecting what is, but what we want out of life," she says. "I guess it depends on what you think is the role of music. Is it to reflect how you feel, and bring everyone and everything to that level? Or is it a kind of healing power, pushing you to this fabulous fantasy world where happiness can exist?" So, go over 'The Brink' and be healed by The Jezabels.
THE JEZABELS - UK TOUR 2014
Mon 24 Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Tues 25 Manchester Gorilla
Weds 26 Glasgow Oran Mor
Fri 28 Belfast, NI Limelight 2
Sat 1 Dublin, Eire The Button Factory
Sun 2 Dublin, Eire The Button Factory
Tues 4 Bristol The Fleece
Weds 5 London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Thurs 6 Brighton Concorde 2