The Jezabels

The Jezabels Premiere “Pleasure Drive” Music Video

The official video for Australia’s award-winning indie-rock quartet The Jezabels’ first single “Pleasure Drive” recently premiered at Interview Magazine, and can now be watched/shared here. Of the video, lead-singer Hayley Mary notes, “I think it definitely creates an aesthetic and a vibe that shows some of the gothic, but particularly, it brings out the sadness in the song. On early listens the song can seem really upbeat and joyous, which it is, but I always think of it as actually quite melancholic.”

The track is off The Jezabels’ anticipated new album Synthia, which will be released on February 12. You can pre-order the album, which comes complete with a special postcard set, here. Already receiving acclaim, VICE’s The Creator’s Project calls the music video for the song “Come Alive” “mesmerizing,” while Boing Boing raves, “The amazing animated video to The Jezabels’ ‘Come Alive’ features a swirly, timeless impasto style. All smoke and fire and light, every frame’s literally a stark, beautiful painting.”

Synthia is the third album from the acclaimed Australian band and was recorded in Sydney with producer/engineer Lachlan Mitchell. Of the album and recording process, Hayley Mary notes, “This is a record we made ourselves, at our own behest…we just had a natural momentum. We were back in Sydney [from London] in January, got together to rehearse and wrote about four songs in a week.” She continues, “Previously I’ve shrouded myself a lot in mystery and the language of romanticism; played roles and stuff—which reflected some kind of truth about how I felt as a woman. Now I feel like I can be much more upfront…the truth about how it feels to be a woman has become a more prominent part of the general conversation in the last couple of years…these are exciting times. I think we’ve made an album that celebrates that.”

Since the release of their breakout debut, Prisoner (2011), The Jezabels’ Sam Lockwood (guitar), Nik Kaloper (drums), Hayley Mary (vocals), and Heather Shannon (keys), continue to earn widespread praise for their “anthemic sound” (Relix). Their follow-up album, The Brink (2014), caught the attention of Rolling Stone,Esquire, Elle Magazine and more, for a sound that Noisey called, “a bold cut of emotive, epic-pop, hinged on Hayley’s sky-scaling Stevie Nicks-ian melodies.”

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