Hayley Mary (The Jezabels) checks in to Fender Australia HQ to perform a stripped-back version of her new single “The Chain.” Using her Acoustasonic Telecaster and Stratocaster, she channels the emotions she felt when the COVID pandemic halted her debut EP tour earlier this year.
“The night I wrote ‘The Chain’ the pandemic was erupting around us all. Venues were closing and I received the news that my flights and headline shows were canceled. I sat in my apartment in Melbourne staring at my suitcase. Not quite ready to start unpacking and let go of the momentum of my little rock n roll dream, I picked up the guitar and wrote what felt like, at the time, the saddest song I’d ever written. Sonically and melodically, however, it’s one of my most uplifting.
It was a feeling I’d had before… that there is some kind of invisible magic chain holding me to the earth and keeping me from moving forward… but this time it was an odd sort of happy-sad because for the first time I felt like the chain not only held me down, it connected me to everything and everyone else. For a brief moment, everyone could see it and feel it at exactly the same time.”
2019 saw Hayley Mary explode onto the scene with her debut single ‘The Piss, The Perfume’, the title track off her game-changing EP that attracted widespread praise from NME, Flood Magazine, Clash Mag, The 405, Paste Magazine, DIY Mag, The Line Of Best Fit and Idolator and a flood of support from Spotify and Apple Music. The EP established Hayley Mary’s incredible knack for capturing a sharp sense of time and place, as it’s Australiana singles took us around the intoxicated streets of Sydney in the murky hours of the morning.