The Jezebels set to play Nelson

Sydney, Australia band The Jezebels play The Royal in Nelson on Saturday night.

I first heard of Sydney, Australia band The Jezebels over a year ago and immediately purchased their Dark Storm EP.

I was captured by the vocals and the full sound they created and the EP has been in regular rotation in my music collection ever since. But I’d resigned myself to the fact that I’d likely never see them live.

Great things happen in Nelson though, and The Jezebels are set to take the stage at The Royal on Saturday night.

The four piece band features the vocals of Hayley Mary, backing vocals and keys by Heather Shannon, Samuel Lockwood on guitars and Nik Kaloper on drums.

As the band prepared for their Nelson tour date, I caught up with Kaloper.

“I never really got a drum kit until I moved to Australia,” he said. “I was more of a percussionist until I was about 18 and bought my drums.”

Kaloper grew up in California and moved to Australia with his family when he was 15.

“We all sort of met in university,” he said of his bandmates. “I was studying at Sydney University and working at the cafe at the time. Sam, our guitar player, was a regular and we’d chat from time to time. One day he mentioned that he was jamming and making music with two other girls — obviously Hayley and Heather — and they said they were looking for someone to play drums. I thought that sounded like a bit of fun and about three weeks later we had our first gig at the university’s battle of the bands competition.”

The group ended up coming in second in the competition which motivated them to keep playing and writing together.

“We were playing local rock clubs and venues after that around Sydney,” said Kaloper. “It took us about a year before we started playing outside of Sydney.”

There has been critical acclaim internationally for the The Jezebels, which Kaloper said is “perpetually surprising.”

“The fact that we’re still doing this five years later and I’m sitting in a car driving to Pittsburgh right now to play a gig, that’s very surprising, especially if you told me that five years ago,” he said.

Last month The Jezebels took home the Australian Music Prize which came with a $30,000 cash prize.

The Jezebels take the stage at The Royal on Saturday night. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are available at The Royal, or The Music Store. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 the day of the show.

For more on The Jezebels visit


Just Posted

Castlegar council set to rule on three retail cannabis proposals

Residents have until Dec. 27 to comment on the business proposals

Nelson Boxing named province’s top club

The club won several awards while going 13-1 at provincials

Nelson council rejects review of mayor’s salary

Mayor Dooley proposed that $10,000 of his pay be put in trust and a review undertaken

Nelson-area man wants trapping laws changed after dog killed

Louis Seguin’s 10-month-old Australian shepherd died in a body-gripping trap last month

West Kootenay highways a mess as heavy snowfall continues

‘Roads are very icy, people have to be patient and have to slow down’

Man caught on camera allegedly trying to defraud ICBC

Auto-insurer warns B.C. drivers to record info after crashes

Warning issued as forecast calls for 20-foot waves in Tofino

Dangerous waves, strong currents and upper-shoreline flooding expected for Tofino-Ucluelet area

An 800-pound pig named Theodore needs a forever home, B.C. society says

‘Theodore is not destined to be somebody’s bacon’

2,000 Canadians died of an overdose in first 6 months of the year

New data from the Public Health Agency of Canada shows the crisis is not subsiding

Teenager Alphonso Davies wins Canadian Men’s Soccer Player for the Year Award

Derek Cornelius and Chilliwack native, Jordyn Huitema were named Canadian Youth International Players of the Year

B.C. teen MMA fighter shows heart

Young Unity MMA competitors bring home Ws

Another B.C. city votes to ban single-use plastic bags

First six months of proposed ban would focus on education, not enforcement

UK Prime Minister Theresa May wins party no-confidence vote, but troubles remain

May won the vote of 317 Conservative legislators with a 200-117 tally

B.C. trustee’s anti-LGBTQ comments got him barred from schools

Barry Neufeld calls vote to leave him off liaison list ‘workplace discrimination’

Most Read