Australian-turned-London pop act The Jezabels found mainstream success with their first album, 2011's Prisoner. This February 17, the band is aiming to beat the sophomore slum with the release of its second album, The Brink. Written while the band was going through exhaustion and depression after playing about 200 shows in one year, the album turns low feelings into ambitious ditties and youthful optimism. For proof, check out album cut "Psychotherapy," which premieres today exclusively on The A.V. Club. If you like the track, pre-order the album via iTunes, or check out the group on tour this spring. Dates are below.
|Music video of the day
What is it about Australia that makes us so cuckoo for cliché? In honor of Australia Day this Sunday, let's all agree not to utter the stereotypical Aussie salutation or throw any small crustaceans on any portable grills; instead, let's enjoy this lean cover of "Don't Stop Believin'" by the Jezabels, a Sydney four-piece whose second album, The Brink, comes out next month. Singer Hayley Mary nails the high notes, guitarist Samuel Lockwood faithfully executes that shredding guitar fade-in and the band generally highlights the karaoke casualty's strengths, thereby revealing their own.
The Brink will be released in the US February 18 via PIAS. The band will be touring the US in the spring, full dates below:
The Jezabels Tour 2014
March 26-El Rey Theatre-Los Angeles, California
March 29-Rickshaw Stop-San Francisco, California
March 31-Doug Fir-Portland, Oregon
April 1-Neumos-Seattle, Washington
April 2-Imperial-Vancouver, British Columbia
April 4-Starlight-Edmonton, Alberta
April 5-Republik-Calgary, Alberta
April 7-7th Street Entry-Minneapolis, Minnesota
April 8-Lincoln Hall-Chicago, Illinois
April 10-Lee's Palace-Toronto, Ontario
April 11-La Sala Rossa-Montreal, Quebec
April 12-Brighton Music Hall-Boston, Massachusetts
April 15-Bowery Ballroom-New York, New York
April 16-Johnny Brenda's-Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
April 17-Rock N Roll Hotel-Washington, D.C.