Heather Shannon and Sam Lockwood of The Jezabels hang for a minute and talk to New York Music News. The band is currently on tour here in America with Yukon Blonde and playing at Webster Hall on October 17.
So what’s the difference between the America and Australia music industry?
Heather:The sheer size of the music industry in America. There’s a lot more commercial stuff we’re not used to.
Sam: You have to do it!
Heather: You have to tread carefully though.
What about New Zealand?
Heather: It seems like Australia steals all of New Zealand’s Celebrities, and names them as their own.
Sam: So, they’re pretty much the same country now. You never need a passport to go there.
Interesting. I think America might steals Australian celebrities. So what do they say about you in Australia where you have had a lot of success as a band?
Heather: One of the Cd reviews we had in Australia, they described our sound as Gothic Australian which includes Midnight Oil. I don’t know. I think there is an Australian sound in our music but it’s hard to put your finger on it. Maybe it’s the vast atmospheric sound.
Sam: Someone else said we sound like explosions in the sky with Hayley Mary as a front woman.
I read that you called it Intense Indy.
Sam: I made that up as a joke, but it does work.
Heather: Because indy bands tend to take themselves so seriously.
Sam: It’s an ironic statement.
Sam: That’s why is a jo-oke(sarcastically).
Heather: It kinda takes the piss out of us and the whole genre.
So, who writes the tunes?
Heather: We all write together and probably wouldn’t have it any other way. We all like playing our own parts, and feeling like we’ve built a part.
Sam: It’s important tot us that we feel a bit validated by our artistic input into the songs… it’s very democratic.
US Tour Dates with Yukon Blonde
San Francisco, CA
Salt Lake City, UT
The Larimer Lounge
The Blind Pig
Ann Arbor, MI
New York, NY
Middle East Downstairs
Rock N Roll Hotel
The High Watt at Mercy Lounge
New Orleans, LA
Fun Fun Fun Fest at Auditorium Shores
2012, New York