The Jezabels’ Hayley Mary shares debut solo ‘The Piss, The Perfume’

October 14, 2019



Australian acclaimed artist Hayley Mary is a wee pocket rocket with the voice of a mega star. She is a bona fide persona with no shortage of past achievements. Having fronted one of Australia’s biggest bands The JezabelsHayley Mary now shares her debut track ‘The Piss, The Perfume’, a track that filters Cyndi Lauper’s punk energies through Australian free spirited rhythm.

Written when Hayley was residing above an old heritage listed pub in Sydney’s inner west, ‘The Piss, The Perfume’ was designed to turn a page between two eras of Sydney life. Packed with all the optimism and irony that nostalgia can afford, Hayley sings, “I find bitterness through love, and I find, through bitterness, true love.”

Reflecting on this period of her life Hayley says:
 “Friday and Saturday nights would end up as late-night jam sessions when the pub closed. Friends would listen to music (I remember a lot of The Go Betweens and Paul Kelly) and play each other songs they’d written.

I think I was very hungover or still drunk one morning after a night like this, (you know the feeling when you’re hungover but you’re kind of elated and glowing, because the suns coming up and somehow you feel in sync with the universe, but you’re probably just still pissed?) Anyway, I was newly in love and felt I was leaving a lot of sadness behind and this song came out of that.”

Produced by Scott Horscroft (Silverchair, Middle Kids, The Presets), ‘The Piss, The Perfume’ beautifully blends elements of Americana and Australiana to create an instant sensation and a spectacular debut.

The accompanying video shot by Mclean Stephenson, shaped up to be somewhat of an ode to Sydney, after Hayley had spent the last few years living between Melbourne and Edinburgh. Reflecting on what she missed most about the sundrenched city she reveals, “It was not the pretty Harbour Bridge or the Opera house, but the normal life things I missed, like the pub or the footy field or a pie shop.”

With a classic Aussie edge that is both familiar and a breath of fresh air, Hayley Mary is now looking to the future with hunger and ambition.

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