The Jezabels and Yukon Blonde are coming! The Jezabels and Yukon Blonde are coming!
Say what you will about U.S. unemployment, health care and the economy, bands across the world still dream of coming to America to perform.
"It's the apex, to tour America," said Sam Lockwood of the Australia-based Jezabels, one of two foreign bands that will perform at Kilby Court on Wednesday.
The other is Canada's indie-rock band Yukon Blonde.
"We've had waves of amazing bands come from here," Jeff Innes, Yukon Blonde's guitarist, said of his native country. Of course, then they leave for America.
After conquering the music scene in Australia, The Jezabels are ready for an American challenge. This year, they were awarded the coveted Australian Music Prize for best local talent, beating out Gotye and Kimbra. In 2011, the quartet's debut album, "Prisoner," won Album of the Year at the Australian Rolling Stone Awards.
This will be the Jezabels' first time in Utah, although Lockwood has known about Salt Lake City since he watched the 2002 Winter Olympics from his home in Byron Bay, New South Wales.
Lockwood met the rest of the band vocalist Hayley McGlone, keyboardist Heather Shannon and drummer Nik Kaloper while all were students at University of Sydney. They had similar tastes in alt-rock and even electronica.
In the beginning it was just Lockwood, McGlone and Shannon performing as a folk band. "We got a drummer, and then we couldn't be a folk band anymore," Lockwood said.
The Jezabels were well-received at Chicago's Lollapalooza; now they are ready to introduce their energetic rock to the West. "I love everything about America," Lockwood said, "except some of your foreign policy."
Members of the punk-inspired Yukon Blonde grew up in British Columbia and recently moved to Toronto. Innes said even though the musicians liked being able to drink in movie theaters something not allowed in small towns the band plans to move back to B.C. this fall.
"It's kind of like a paradise, a desert valley with a big lake," he said.
That sounds a lot like Salt Lake City, home of the sometimes odorous Great Salt Lake. So, we asked, "Does the Okanagan Lake smell?"
No, said Innes, "[Okanagan Lake] is the opposite."
Well, America can't have everything.
Coming to America
The Jezabels with Yukon Blonde
When • Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m.
Where • Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, Salt Lake City
Tickets • $10 at 24Tix