For the past three years Sydney solo artist JESSAMINE has been busy playing the local live circuit, whilst working on the material needed for her debut full-length album. The producer she turned to was Sydney’s timEbandit (aka Tim Powles of The Church).
Following the 2010 single release of “Petals & Razors”, Jessamine bored and lonely with playing solo, developed the line-up to include three long term friends. With the introduction of Ben Sherwood on bass, Damien Foxton on guitar and Nerida Wu on drums, the band worked hard on creating brand new material, maintaining an eclectic and melodic set that ranges from slowcore, indie pop and alternative rock; Jess’s feet firmly ensconced in her rock “past” as guitarist in Sydney’s ARIA nominated Nitocris.
Loaded with irresistibly infectious pop songs, the album treads a path of musical diversity. The softer moments feature acidic melodies laced with pretty harmonies as evidenced on the eery “Who’s Laughing?’ and the lullaby-like sweetness of “See-saw”. However, Jessamine’s love of volume is also apparent in the 100-miles-per-hour opener “1000 Liars” and “Wires”, and the Throwing Muses-esque “Brand New Car” and “Simple Ways”; both powerful amped-up assaults.
The self-titled record will be released on Friday, 2nd September 2011 on Sydney indie, RiSH Records.
JESSAMINE will be touring the album nationally through September and October.
Thursday, 1st September 2011
SYDNEY, Sandringham Hotel – Album Launch
Friday, 16th September 2011
MELBOURNE, Pony – VIC
Saturday, 17th September 2011
BRUNSWICK, Brunswick Hotel – VIC
Thursday 22nd September 2011
CANBERRA, Phoenix Bar – ACT
Friday 7th October 2011
GOLD COAST, Shark Bar – QLD
Saturday 8th October 2011
LENNOX HEADS, Lennox Hotel – NSW
TRACKLIST: 1000 Lairs – Wires – Who’s Laughing? – Brand New Car – Petals & Razors – Imaginary Friend – Seesaw – Long Days – Simple Ways – Fool For A Century – Man In The Middle.
KEY TRACKS: 1000 Liars (Track 1) – Imaginary Friend (Track 7) – Who’s Laughing? (Track 3)