The Jezabels set up a studio in London to work on that tricky second record after a debut-album success and now it’s time to start touring again
The Jezabels’ drummer Nik Kaloper goes to his happy place when it’s just him, some dirty dishes and a sink full of suds.
He is living a nomadic existence as the band leaves its London base and hits the road to tour second album, The Brink, playing the Groovin The Moo regional music festival across Australia and a string of headline shows.
Kaloper says the Sydneyreared four-piece will tour the US and Canada after leaving Australia before heading to Europe for the summer festival season.
He loves travelling but appreciates standing still every once in a while.
“When I get back to a place where I might stay for a period of time, I really love washing the dishes,’’ he says.
“That little moment you have to yourself when you are washing up the dishes, it’s quite nice and something, you might not know it but you’ll miss it when you don’t get it much.’’
The Jezabels won an ARIA in 2011 for Best Independent Release with their debut album Prisoner and were nominated in several other categories.
The Jezabels moved to London to work on their second record in fresh surroundings.
“There’s that classic story of the sophomore LP, the second album syndrome, and the idea you try too hard to change everything completely or you don’t try hard enough,’’ he says.
“Until you do that you don’t really realise how true that is.
After the quartet released Prisoner, Kaloper says they felt like “we had a little bit more to lose’’.
“I feel like this album has just stepped into the light a little bit,’’ he says.
“Some of the songs almost feel sun-drenched.’’
Kaloper points to The Brink’s track All You Need as an example of the record’s optimism.
“It’s beautifully optimistic. For me the music is so sad but the lyrics are so hopeful.’’ The Jezabels and Gang of Youths play The Tivoli, Brisbane, this Tuesday.