SAM LOCKWOOD - THE JEZABELS
With a huge following back on their home turf, Australian four-piece The Jezabels are in the midst of something big. This year saw them support both Depeche Mode and the Pixies in the space of one month. Early next year, The Jezabels will take their dark melodic pop-rock on tour throughout the UK and Europe. With a pleasant sprinkling of disco, their second album ‘The Brink’ will be available Feb 17 through Play It Again Sam.
We asked lead guitarist Sam Lockwood to share a few things about the year that has been. From magic shows from The Pixies, to working with music producer Dan Grech-Marguerat (Radiohead, Lana Del Rey, The Vaccines, Hurts) - they’ve certainly laid a solid foundation for a very promising 2014.
This year you have supported two of the biggest bands in the world - Depeche Mode and the Pixies. That’s huge. Do you guys think of it like that or do you more see it as motivation/inspiration?
Both really… Depeche Mode are more of a cultural icon than a band and we felt extremely stoked to be playing with them. They were all so nice as well and the shows were incredible. It’s the same with The Pixies. In those three weeks, after we’d supported both bands, we certainly had to pinch ourselves. Also, we got an amazing magic show from Dave the drummer of the Pixies at their after party. That was the cherry on top.
There’s always been an approachable darkness to your sound. Does the upcoming LP maintain the same level of darkness and romanticism - have you consciously changed anything within your approach?
I think that will always be there, though now it’s been controlled a little bit in a way. It’s been bottled and distilled. So when we do go a bit dark it’s darker, and when we go light it’s lighter. It’s more controlled yet also more dramatic. Which is perfect for us I believe.
You have a huge following back in Aus and things have taken off elsewhere. Does the title refer to being on ‘The Brink’ of something professionally or is it more of a personal reference?
Wow, I haven’t thought of it in that way. It’s way to presumptuous to think of it like that - ha! No it’s way more personal. It’s that ambiguous space where a big change is approaching, and it may be for the worse, or for the better. We had an election year in Australia, and the band also went through some big personal stuff. So it felt like we were going through a pretty violent period of flux. Was it for the better? Some of it certainly wasn’t. But maybe something good will come out of the bad. We’ll see.
Looking back on the whirlwind that was 2013 - what’s the highlight?
Linking up with our producer Dan Grech. We weren’t certain about who we were going to be working with on the album and once we got him on board it made everything feel right. He’s just the most awesome dude out there and I can’t say how lucky we were to work with him. Four little guys from little Australia coming to big and scary London to make an album - we needed a helping hand.
Do you have a new years resolution? The weirder the better.
Our drummer Nik and I both agreed that our new years resolution for 2011 was to consolidate our superannuation. We still haven’t done that so I think that that will again be our new years resolution. Other than that - stop thinking so much. My mind is an erratic thing and it needs to chill the f out.
You can now grab your tickets here to catch The Jezabels live in 2014:
Mon 24 Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Tues 25 Manchester Gorilla
Weds 26 Glasgow Oran Mor
Fri 28 Belfast NI Limelight 2
Sat 1 Dublin Eire The Button Factory
Sun 2 Dublin Eire The Button Factory
Tues 4 Bristol The Fleece
Weds 5 London Shepherds Bush Empire
Thurs 6 Brighton Concorde 2