Perth indie-rockers Red Jezebel have just released a catchy new single, Bodyline, following on from the track, Closer To You, in August. It begs the question, is a new album looming?
Dave Parkin, producer/engineer extraordinaire and guitarist in the band, gives me the lowdown on a rare day off as he keeps an eye fixed on the cricket.
"We have no exact plan, which is really nice, " he says. "We've got a bunch of new songs recorded. I imagine an album will appear at some time. At the moment, we are enjoying putting out a song here and there while we keep tracking more tunes. We'd like to give out a couple more tracks before any album is put out. Time will tell."
Red Jezebel released their acclaimed second album, How I Learnt To Stop Worrying, in 2007 after parting ways with record label Warner Music. The single, Kicking Deadly Sins, received significant airplay on Triple J and the band did numerous national tours supporting acts such as Eskimo Joe, Jebediah and Little Birdy.
"We've all (personally) been up to lots of late, which slows down Red Jezebel, but that's how the scales have been balancing, " Parkin says.
"Woody (Paul Wood - vocals/guitar) and myself are recently married fellas - our weddings were one week apart. Al (Alex Hyman - drums) lived up north doing radio broadcasting and, luckily for us, he got a gig at 720 Radio in Perth, so we have our drummer back. Cruiky (Mark Cruickshank - bass), well, he has a PhD, so how he finds time for Jez is a mystery. After honeymoons and holidays early next year, it will be nice to get back into it."
If the new single is anything to go by, Red Jezebel have plenty of great tunes on offer, all recorded and produced at Parkin's Blackbird Studios, where albums from Snowman, Jebediah and the Panda Band have all been made. Of late he has been working with fellow producer/engineer Andy Lawson on the new End of Fashion album and has worked on new albums from Jebediah, Sons of Rico and Sonpsilo Circus.
"We're very proud of this new tune, " Parkin says. "Woody brought Bodyline to us a while ago. Sometimes he brings demos from home, other times he just plays us tunes on his acoustic or ideas are built up in rehearsal. We normally just start recording a song and worry about where it's going later.
"It was an experiment with sounds. We covered the drums in paper, put foam under the strings on the bass, and did most guitars through a small practice amp. To me it still feels like a Red Jezebel song but sounds a bit different to other songs we've done. Whether people notice these things or not, I have no idea."
The plug Bodyline is available for free download from redjez.com until February 6. Red Jezebel headlines the Rosemount Hotel's New Year's Eve Fiesta tomorrow night. Tickets on sale from Heatseeker and the usual outlets.