It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a professional band that wasn’t a drum-triggered, grinding, compressed and over-driven death metal or hardcore band. It was a little odd seeing a band play at less than 200bpm (whatever floats your boat I guess…), but I’ve been a fan of the Jezabels for a long-time and saw them for the first time at the Croxton Bandroom in Thornbury this week.
I didn’t know what to expect from a four-piece band with layers upon layers or guitars and synth in their songs, but I really impressed. The massive kick drum sound made up for the lack of bass player, keeping the low frequencies tight but very present, as did the consistent synth. It was also great seeing someone front a band like Hayley Mary did, her charisma making her stand taller than anyone in the room, regardless of her literal height.
The band played songs from every album I’ve heard, acknowledging their hits despite touring to support 2016’s Synthia.