Contemporary from the discharge of their first new single in 12 years, beloved Perth rockers Jebediah have upped the ante as soon as once more, with new single Rubberman showing alongside the long-awaited information of their new album, OIKS. The forthcoming report – their first new album since 2011’s Kosciuszko – will arrive on April twelfth, 2024, with pre-orders accessible now through Cooking Vinyl Australia.
Their sixth album, OIKS isn’t essentially the return of Jebediah, who’ve been persistently energetic within the time since their final report, however moderately, a snapshot of the place the band discover themselves within the present period. Like lead single Gum Up The Bearings, the report was born out of experimentation whereas within the studio with longtime collaborator – and honorary fifth band member – Dave Parkin (Crimson Jezebel, Spacey Jane). The result’s an album which sees Jebediah feeling content material with who they’re as artists – not trying to create the energetic hype of 1997 debut Barely Odway, however crafting a launch which feels consultant of modern-day Jebediah.
Whereas the discharge of September’s Gum Up The Bearings was a real return to type for the WA quartet, Rubberman continues their evolving musical trajectory; pairing their revered, singular perspective in the direction of music making with a dedication to crafting one thing wholly distinctive. Noting that their new single “sounds completely different to any music the band has put out” earlier than, Rubberman started life when the band first entered Dave’s Blackbird Studios again in 2018 with none indication of what they needed to create, the band let themselves grow to be influenced by jam periods and the ensuing sounds. Utilizing results and loops as the start line to Rubberman, the group experimented closely with melody and ambiance, permitting guitarist and vocalist Kevin Mitchell’s voice to tackle a outstanding function, sitting atop a luscious and spacious marriage of indie-rock and dream-pop. The result’s a music which equally feels not like something Jebediah have ever produced, but effortlessly slides into their expansive discography as a monitor emblematic of their steady musical evolution.
“This one happened accidentally. While establishing a guitar for overdubbing we by chance recorded the sound of it with actually unfastened strings. This sound was become a loop and have become the bedrock of a brand new music; a type of bizarre melodic rhythmic loop monitor. The entire thing was constructed on high of that. It displays an experimentalism within the studio that now we have probably not embraced earlier than and so it sounds completely different to something we’ve ever written or recorded earlier than,” recollects Kevin.
Alongside the discharge of the one, Jebediah have taken an virtually full-circle method to its accompanying visuals, sharing a beautifully-animated clip by Gina Moore. Having initially labored with the band to craft the video to their 1997 single Harpoon, Gina now works at RMIT instructing 3D animation and visible results within the Animation and Interactive Media program. Taking time to as soon as once more create a video for the group, Gina took inspiration from the quilt illustration to James Bridle’s ebook Methods Of Being, the work of Clarice Beckett, and her personal work, and labored with RMIT college students Jack Cornish and Eddy Faulkner to provide the ultimate product.
“I liked Rubberman as quickly as I heard it and listened to it many instances whereas strolling my canine. After taking part in the music again and again for a number of weeks, I created a storyboard in just some hours. It got here simply as a result of my thoughts was full of images that had percolated on repeated walks by way of Melbourne’s windy parklands. Just like the music, I needed the video to be evocative or experiential and wasn’t involved with having a definitive which means or narrative. The music lends itself to a journey, a determine strolling by way of a panorama. I needed the temper to start out tranquil and get more and more chaotic as invisible forces grow to be evident (deforming the panorama and producing vibrant ribbons). I needed it to really feel Australian and to allude to international considerations together with the proliferation of plastics within the setting. Though addressing darkish and miserable themes, the clip wanted to be visually interesting,” explains Gina.
Each Rubberman and former single Gum Up The Bearings will seem on Jebediah’s forthcoming album, OIKS, which can arrive on April twelfth, 2024. Pre-orders for the album are accessible now through Cooking Vinyl Australia. Although their first new album since 2011’s Kosciuszko, the group haven’t been removed from our hearts – or phases. In addition to sporadic excursions and frequent stay exhibits, the respective members of Jebediah have remained busy: Vanessa and Brett performed in bands, Chris labored at a report retailer, and Kevin has targeted closely on his Bob Evans challenge.
Presently, Jebediah are out on the highway, wrapping up a highly-anticipated Aussie tour which has seen them carry out intense headline gigs in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney. The group will wrap up their present run of exhibits with a headline gig in Perth on Friday, 17 November, earlier than becoming a member of the Good Issues pageant lineup for a whip-around the nation in the beginning of December. Previous to wrapping up their present run of dates, although, Jebediah may also have their title cemented in Western Australian music historical past, once they’re inducted into the WAM Corridor Of Fame as a part of the WA Music Awards on Thursday, 16 November.
Rubberman is out as we speak through Cooking Vinyl Australia.
OIKS might be launched on 12 April, 2024 through Cooking Vinyl Australia, pre-order bundles accessible here.
Remaining tickets to the Gum Up The Bearings tour are on sale now from https://www.jebediah.net/
The WAM Corridor Of Fame induction will happen on the WA Music Awards on Thursday 16 November at Regal Theatre.
JEBEDIAH – AUSTRALIAN TOUR:
Tickets accessible from Oztix
FRI 17 NOV | THE RECHABITE, PERTH WA | 18+
Tickets accessible from https://www.jebediah.net/
FRI 1 DEC – GOOD THINGS FESTIVAL, MELB, VIC
SAT 2 DEC | GOOD THINGS FESTIVAL, SYD, NSW
SUN 3 DEC – GOOD THINGS FESTIVAL, BRIS, QLD