1 June 2012, Festival Hall, Melbourne.
After the success of Prisoner, their latest album, The Jezabels are performing to bigger crowds than ever before. Vocalist Hayley Mary, drummer Nik Kaloper, guitarist Samuel Lockwood and keyboardist Heather Shannon form the Australian indie-rock band.
Headlining at Festival Hall, The Jezabels began their Australian tour with a bang. Delighting fans with a one-and-a-half hour set, Hayley Mary brought an energy to the stage like no other.
Before The Jezabels took to the stage, support acts Snakadaktal and Lights performed to the growing crowd. Rising teenage talents Snakadaktal, winners of Triple J’s UnEarthed High competition in 2011, had a fresh and youthful presence, and their set did not disappoint. Although unpolished, Snakadaktal are filled with promise.
Canadian singer-songwriter and musician Lights (aka Valerie Poxleitner) was next, easily wowing the crowds with her commanding stage presence and electro rock-pop tunes. This was her first time in Australia and from the crowd reaction it won't be her last. Her song "Banner" was a highlight.
The Jezabels arrival on stage sent the crowd into an uproar. Hayley Mary was strikingly dressed head-to-toe in black, stalking the stage and giving fans what they had been waiting for.
With her edgy vibe and intense vocals, Hayley Mary gives her frontwoman status all she has got. She even jumped off stage, tantalizing the fans in the mosh pit. Performing mostly songs from Prisoner, The Jezabels offer tracks which are soaked with emotion, including the more upbeat "Endless Summer" and "Trycolour".
Overwhelmed by the hysterical crowd, The Jezabels returned for an encore. "Crikey," Mary said, before delivering "Catch Me" to end the night.
The growing success of The Jezabels’ independent release of Prisoner both nationally and internationally is a credit to the band, as well as to the Australian music scene.
4 out of 5 stars
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