For the last night of CMJ 2010 fatigue had set in, making the prospect of throwing elbows at the FADER Fort and Santos Party House to attend the more popular bills of the night too cumbersome an effort. Ditto for trekking out to Brooklyn Bowl in the hopes of seeing Kanye West and his fly red kicks.

But one needn’t a reason to embrace the last chance to see The Jezabels before they jet back home to Sydney, Australia and leave their hazy week in America behind. It’s been a week of solid returns for the Aussie quartet as the crowds they’ve beckoned have grown larger and more passionate with each show. This is par for the course for anyone who has had the pleasure of catching the band, who has toured with Tegan & Sara and just released the well-received Dark Storm EP via iTunes.

Beautifully widescreen, like the best of the early Cranberries records and much of the Pretenders output circa 1984, the majority of the lush and contemplative tracks the Jezabels owned the packed room with such as “Mace Spray” and “Hurt Me” already sound like huge, huge hits blaring from high school parking lots and iPods on the subway. Singer Hayley Mary with her sublime vox (again, I have to point out Chrissie Hynde’s gentler register) never flagged in her energy, and likely walked away with 100+ hearts at last blush. Note this: indie and (gag) alternative rock has been waiting for the next dark and romantic four-piece that can lay claim and waste to the Cranberries crown. Hit the download button now, because this beguiling band of Aussies won’t stay a secret for long.

For my last hurrah of CMJ 2010, I closed with Sentimentalist favorites Zambri. Two local sorceresses of haunted pop, tribal synths, kitchen-sink electro and stormy sonics, sisters Cristi Jo and Jessica are beat-mastering mavens of fantasia and romantic dissonance. Despite some unfortunate microphone problems, Zambri rallied and delivered a knockout brief tour of their new record, still in-progress. If new song “Carry” is any indication of what equilibrium-challenging miasma is ahead, consider me a goner. I don’t know what wires the Zambri sisters trip through or what planets they visit when they create, but I want to go there.

–Carrie Alison, Photos by JCP

 
  1. hi carrie et al glad you like the jezas arent they somethin they are now touring canada wish they were back in sydney tho keep up the the good work you must be in overload covering so many good acts later dude… andy

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  2. Gosh, Andy — thanks so very much for your kind thoughts!!

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