OP­TI­MISM

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

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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.

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