WHEN four-piece indie pop outfit Jaywalker first emerged two things were obvious.
The first thing was that Jaywalker were spearheading a renaissance in Australian indie/pop rock music.
The second thing was that they were going to be big.
After the success of their self-titled EP and single You Live, You Learn, Jaywalker recently retreated to the studio with acclaimed producer Stuart Stuart (The Veronicas, Small Mercies) to record their debut album The Light & Shade, released nationally last week to critical acclaim.
With a new album in their back pocket that has drawn comparisons to the works of Crowded House and Powderfinger, Jaywalker have packed the touring van and will traverse the east coast, dropping in to Byron Bay to give punters a glimpse of The Light and Shade at the Great Northern Hotel this Sunday.
“The hardest thing for a young band is getting your name out there,” Jaywalker lead singer and songwriter, Jason Hicks says.
“But fortunately for us, we have been booked to support some pretty big names which has given us some great exposure.
“Actually one of the biggest highlights for all of us has been touring with some of the best Australian acts around, talents like Kate Miller Heidke, Diesel and Sarah McLeod.
“But I think touring with Xavier Rudd was the standout for me. It was amazing ... it was brilliant playing to 2500 people every night. Plus Xavier is a nice bloke as well as being an amazing singer–songwriter.”
Jaywalker’s ability to produce catchy pop hits has been well recognised.
Hicks took out the award for Best Male Vocal at the 2009 Newcastle Music Awards, while the band was nominated in another three categories, following on from their three nominations in 2008. They were also the runners-up of the 2007 People’s Choice category at the Australian Musicoz Awards.
Jaywalker were recently picked up as part of the Sanity Breaking New Artists promotion, which will see their debut album played over every store radio nationwide.
“Our sound is based around vocals and vocal harmonies,” Hicks says.
“It might be what gets people’s attention – the band has been described as a collision of Crowded House and Powderfinger, which is great because they are some of our biggest influences.
“The album’s name itself came from the variations in the meanings, tempos and dynamics of each of the tracks. Tracks such as Your Finest Hour, Green Light and 20 Years From Now tend to highlight some of the most uplifting, positive and memorable moments of your life, in contrast Crash and Burn and Faces of February talk about some of the darker, challenging areas – the latter being written for and about the people involved in the Victorian Bushfires last year and the amazing strength and courage they showed through it all.”
Jaywalker has recently picked up management in LA, and they are keen to get the band over to the US.
So catch Jaywalker while you can at the Great Northern Hotel, Byron Bay on Sunday, February 21, supported by John Meyer and Aras. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door. Doors open 8pm.