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Members:

Hayley Mary – vocals
Heather Shannon – piano/keyboard
Nik Kaloper – drums
Samuel Lockwood – rhythm guitar

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Revelation is part of The Jezabels' art. Three EPs have led us this far. The Man Is Dead. She's So Hard. Dark Storm. Strange jewels dropped along their winding path to who knows where, each more lustrous than the last.

Did you see how they caught the light? Hurt Me broke the US charts, made iTunes' single of the week. Easy To Love and Mace Spray were indie radio staples; Dark Storm an iTunes #1. AIR and APRA nominations were lavished for records and songwriting.

Meanwhile in the live arena, maybe you've been shaken by The Jezabels' cocktail of power and elegance, at one of their sold out headline shows around the world, or at any number of festivals that left critics gasping, from Oz inkies to UK glossies to Austin's SXSW:

"Commanding…epic…brilliant…menacing…purring, roaring, soaring… intellectual ferocity…pyromaniac intensity…imagination and emotional rawness…thundering…threatening…exuberant rock'n'roll swagger…"

So much for peeking through the keyhole. With Prisoner, their debut album, The Jezabels are released at last.

"We love a bit of drama," firebrand singer Hayley Mary makes clear from the outset. "The EP trilogy was practical as well as conceptual on our part. It helped shaped us internally, as well as how we were perceived.

"The themes we got to develop, the aesthetic of the design... they helped establish our world, our business, our creative realm. It was nice to feel like we were protected within the force field of the trilogy."

In the force field of their hearts and minds, Hayley Mary and keyboard player Heather Shannon were The Jezabels long before they left the coastal paradise of Byron Bay for the bright lights and dark shadows of Sydney in 2006.

Guitarist Sam Lockwood recognised them in the corridors of learning. History. English. Gender. Rock. He signed them up for a band competition, conjured drummer Nik Kaloper from the mist. The battle was won. The first of many.

"It was a combination of four individual desires to play music and taking whatever opportunities we could find — which happened to be each other," says Hayley. "From there the process has pretty much been one of reconciling musical differences. But we're getting closer."

Prisoner is a panoramic study of tension and emancipation, from the echoing stone cathedral of the title track to the sun-blasted morning of the first single, Endless Summer; from the cloistered atmospherics of the instrumental interlude, Austerlitz, to the chiming and climbing pop of Deep Wide Ocean and the quiet reflecting pool of Peace of Mind.

Like the EP trilogy, Prisoner was recorded during stolen hours by Sydney producer Lachlan Mitchell, whose passion for glittering pop divas and his nocturnal gig in blood-guzzling black metal band Nazxul helped define The Jezabels' polarities of grandiose theatrics and gothic intensity.

"I was always obsessed with that whole Brontë-esque gothic melodramatic thing Kate Bush did," Hayley says. "I love the performance aspect of people like Freddie Mercury, David Bowie and Cyndi Lauper.

"Nik is obsessed with metal. He's a perpetual ball of rhythm. He needs to drum so he doesn't flip out. Heather is a classical pianist who has the advantage of not really knowing the rules of rock. Sam is the earthing element. He likes organic country-folk so he balances that theatrical, over-the-top, almost '80s thing we have…

"Between us it gets very intense but also very dynamic and awesome. There's always someone with a great idea that you would never think of yourself."

Between big ideas and spectacular hooks, dynamic and awesome is about right. The ecstatically swelling melody of Long Highway and stately grace and sky bound chorus of Rosebud bring immediate rewards, but between layers of sound and meaning, Prisoner takes time to fully reveal itself.

"The lyrics are set out as a letter to a prisoner," Hayley says. "I'm interested in the idea of your personal role in your own oppression. To a certain extent the album explores the idea of looking at yourself as a prisoner and asking about the reasons for that. Are they external or are they internal?"

Perhaps related is the fact that The Jezabels have chosen to remain an independent entity for their debut album — in spite of a virtual stampede of label interests.

"The team we've worked with showed faith in us from the first show, from management to production to design," says Hayley. "That's a valuable thing, to have this internal strength of knowing it's us against the world."

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The Jezabels announce rescheduled tour dates

The Jezabels are thrilled to announce their rescheduled North American tour dates on the heels of the news they had to postpone the trek earlier this week. Originally set to kick things off last night in Los Angeles at the El Rey Theatre, the band ran into some unexpected issues that forced them to make the very difficult decision to push the tour back a couple of months. Here is the statement the band made to fans via their Facebook page on March 24:

To all of our amazing fans and supporters in North America. Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are being forced to postpone our upcoming US and Canadian tour dates, set to start this Wednesday in Los Angeles. Be assured, we are working hard to reschedule the shows to take place in June and will update everyone as soon as possible. Every effort will be made to keep the shows in their original venues, so please hold on to your tickets for now. Once we finalize the new tour dates, we will post complete details as well as instructions for those seeking refunds.

The updated North American Tour dates are below with several dates still being firmed up. In addition, most of the June dates will be hitting the same venues with Gold & Youth still confirmed as main support.

The Jezabels NA Tour Dates

05.31 – The Starlite – Edmonton, AB *
06.01 – Republik – Calgary, AB
06.04 – Casbah – San Diego, CA
06.05 – El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
06.06 – Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA
06.08 – Neumos – Seattle, WA
06.09 – Imperial – Vancouver, BC
06.12 – The Triple Rock – Minneapolis, MN
06.13 – TBD – Chicago, IL
06.14 – Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON
06.15 – The Belmont – Montreal, QC **
06.17 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
06.18 – Rock n Roll Hotel – Washington, DC
06.19 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
06.21 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY

NOTE: All existing tickets will be honored for the news dates. Alternatively, refunds are available from point of purchase.

* Ticket holders wanting to attend the original Edmonton show featuring Boy and Bear on April 4 can do so, but must purchase a new ticket for the May 31 date, featuring The Jezabels and Gold & Youth.
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The Jezabels postpone North American tour

Due to unfortunate circumstances, Australia's The Jezabels have announced the postponement of their North American tour dates, which was initially set to begin this Wednesday in Los Angeles. The band's tour is in the works to be rescheduled for June.

Those who have already purchased tickets are advised to hold onto them until further notice. Keep your eyes on our pages for more word as it develops.


The Jezabels' new release The Brink is available for purchasegeoriot.co target="_blank"> here.
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The Jezabels' The Brink available now!

Aussie four-piece The Jezabels have released their critically acclaimed sophomore album The Brink. The album, produced by Dan Grech-Marguerat (Lana Del Rey, Radiohead, the Vaccines), is available now on multiple formats.

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THE BRINK TRACK LIST
1. The Brink
2. Time to Dance
3. Look of Love
4. Beat to Beat
5. Angels of Fire
6. No Country
7. The End
8. Got Velvet
9. Psychotherapy
10. All You Need

Fans can catch The Jezabels at one of their upcoming North American tour dates, including the handful of select Canadian stops listed below. Canadians can take advantage of the exclusive ticket and album bundles available now on the Dine Alone webstore, link below!. Find a full tour route HERE.

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THE JEZABELS CANADIAN TOUR DATES
04.02 – Imperial - Vancouver, BC
04.04 – Starlite - Edmonton, AB
04.05 – Republik - Calgary, AB
04.10 - Lee’s Palace - Toronto, ON
04.11 - Sala Rossa - Montreal, QC
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The Jezabels' North American pre-order ticket bundles available now!

Fans of Aussie outfit The Jezabels can now pre-order a copy of their upcoming release The Brink as part of a specially-priced bundle which includes the album on digital, CD, or vinyl format and a ticket to the Canadian date of your choice on their highly-anticipated North American tour.

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Canadian dates are listed below, click bit.ly " target="_blank">HERE for a full list of North American stops.

THE JEZABELS CANADIAN TOUR DATES
04.02 – Imperial - Vancouver, BC
04.04 – Starlite - Edmonton, AB
04.05 – Republik - Calgary, AB
04.10 - Lee’s Palace - Toronto, ON
04.11 - Sala Rossa - Montreal, QC
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The Jezabels announce North American tour

After months of waiting, Aussie favourites The Jezabels will once again be bringing their act through to North America in support of their new album The Brink. The band has announced their upcoming Spring North American tour which will find the band in fifteen cities from the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles on March 26 to the Rock N Roll Hotel in Washington, DC on April 17.

Canadian dates are listed below, click bit.ly " target="_blank">HERE to check out the full tour route.

THE JEZABELS CANADIAN TOUR DATES
04.02 – Imperial - Vancouver, BC
04.04 – Starlite - Edmonton, AB
04.05 – Republik - Calgary, AB
04.10 - Lee’s Palace - Toronto, ON
04.11 - Sala Rossa - Montreal, QC

The Jezabels’ forthcoming release, The Brink, is slated for a February 18 release. Fans can pre-order a digital copy right now on iTunes.

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