Gearing up for a tour in support of their new album "Prisoner" The Jezabels will be ventured back to LA to play for their growing population of fans. I briefly met the Jezabels earlier in the year at one of their shows here in Los Angeles and they were of course a pleasure to see live. I jumped at the chance to interview Heather Shannon before their recent show at The Echo on November 8th. Their stop in Los Angeles was the the first of their North American shows to come over the next couple months.
The band was home on a slight break from touring their home country of Australia, Heather and I skyped with an eighteen hour time difference to discuss the band's upcoming tour and new album.
After playing in Los Angeles earlier this year, Heather is happy to be headed back. "I like LA, people either love the music or hate it. There is no in between." Los Angeles is known as a tough to impress music crowd, but the Jezabells seem to be able to take it by storm. She continued "and either way, there's the weather. It reminds me of what it's like here in Australia. It's like home." Their 13 city North American tour will be taking them up the west coast and ending in Montreal later this year. Hitting the road with Hey Rosetta! was one of many things about the tour that Heather seemed thrilled about. With Hey Rosetta! coming from Canada and The Jezabels coming from Australia it will be a fantastic international line up and one not to be missed.
While the band has been making their way around for quite some time, their schedule has recently picked up even more. I asked about the tour experience and while she seems to like life on the road, Heather did admit to one challenge. "I love the traveling on tour" Heather said. She seemed to almost correct herself when she added, "Learning to fall asleep while on the road has been the hardest part."
Deciding to stick with their producer and friend Lachlan Mitchell from the previously released EP, Heather and the band decided it was a good match. "He pushes us to be out best and also reigns in the little disagreements." The band having worked together for years, has been able to make improvisation an important part of the writing and recording process. Heather who plays the keyboard and backup vocals, and lead vocalist Hayle Mary met in college and began playing together. It was simply the duo till they met and decided to work with fellow bandmates Sam Lockwood on guitar, and Nik Kaloper on drums. Once the band was together the writing and recording process became what it is today with improvisation in the studio and each member throwing their own input into the mixes. During the writing process, it is seems to be a very organic for the band who seem to be friends as much as bandmates.
Recently, the band has been consistently playing sold out shows allover Australia and I anticipate and hope for the same for their upcoming North American Tour. The performances with drama and emotion take over the audience and new fans are always made.
Recently signed to Mom & Pop Records, the band's new Album "Prisoner" will be released on November eighth digitally and early in the new year the physical album will be available. Be sure to find make it out to their upcoming shows. They never disappoint.
Heather, while not overly excited about the world of Twitter has grown to appreciate the instant feedback and fan relationships grown through facebook. The band has been using their page to reach out and get feedback so always feel free to check their facebook page out for news and updates on the tour and album.
Photo © photobytamea.com (Taken at The Echo, Los Angeles)