On The Jezebels' Facebook page there was an eclectic list of influences - ABBA, Arcade Fire, Bjork, Kate Bush, Bob Dylan, P.J. Harvey, Roy Orbison, Gram Parsons, Queen, Radiohead and Wilco. That covers a lot of ground, but so do The Jezabels.
The Aussie band got together at the University of Sydney and began playing the local indie circuit. That led to The Jezabels, who termed their sound as "Intensindie," released their '09 debut EP "The Man Is Dead." The set managed to earn a bit of attention in the U.S. but not much. However, sophomore EP "She's So Hard" landed on the U.S. college radio chart.
The single "Hurt Me" became a major hit in their native country and did fairly well elsewhere. And that led to raised expectations.
"We had a bit of writer's block," offered vocalist Haley Mary. "We were all stressing that this (a new song) isn't going to be like 'Hurt Me'. As soon as it was said, it was a lot better. We decided to write whether we had a single or not."
After paying the usual dues as an opening act, The Jezabels were headlining a sold-out tour of England in support of their third EP "Dark Storm."
"We do think it's funny how dramatic our songs are, and I think you could misconstrue how seriously we take ourselves," said keyboardist Heather Shannon. "There is happiness in there, but it is cool to write this epic thing and call it 'Dark Storm'. It's a very serious name, but it's obviously very melodramatic." "Dark Storm" marked the end of their EP trilogy.
In '11, the group issued their first full-length U.S. album, "The Prisoner," which held a trio of exceptional tracks; "Endless Summer," "City Girl" and "Nobody Nowhere."
2009 The Man Is Dead
2009 She's So Hard
2010 Dark Storm