Jaala will be taking over the Gasometer Hotel for a month-long residency of explosive live performances every Tuesday in March.
The 4-piece will be playing songs from their acclaimed debut album Hold Hard released last October to critical acclaim. Hard Hold immediately became one of the most talked-about independent releases of the year. After a raft of glowing national and international reviews it was selected by Triple J as the coveted feature album in early December, a distinction that was mirrored by other stations towards the end of 2015.
Hard Hold was recorded in just a week with Paul Bender from Hiatus Kaiyote and described by Pitchfork as "a clever record that rarely foregrounds that fact—perhaps because it was recorded in a week, it hangs onto a scampering, impromptu quality that only adds to its appeal”.
The live shows are a chance for punters to experience Jaala in the their most dynamic form - "There are no visual cues” guitarist Nicholas Lam assures, "we could do it with our eyes closed" Their songs still snarl and spit like rancid poetry, but it's Jaala's pause and accord that is truly enthralling. "I don't think any of us are thinking about it metronomically" Drummer Maria Moles explains, "it's stretchy and moves around.”
Coming off a string of sold out national live shows, the March residency will be an opportunity to hear new Jaala material and pick up one of their limited Hard Hold vinyl pressings. Their schedule will not be slowing down prior to their headline shows as they gear up to support LA’s seductive, neo-soul outfit The Internet during their Australian tour.