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Jebediah
Origin Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Genres Alternative rock
Years active 1994–present
Labels Redline Records (2003-present)
Murmur (1996-2003)
Website Official website
Members
Kevin Mitchell
Chris Daymond
Vanessa Thornton
Brett Mitchell

Jebediah is an Australian alternative rock band from Perth, Western Australia, formed in 1994. The band comprises vocalist and guitarist Kevin Mitchell, guitarist Chris Daymond, bassist Vanessa Thornton and drummer Brett Mitchell.

The band released four studio albums from 1997-2004, three of which entered the top ten of the ARIA Albums Chart. The band has since gone on hiatus as leadman Kevin Mitchell undertakes solo work with the pseudonym Bob Evans.

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History

Formation (1994-1995)

Jebediah was formed in Perth in 1994 with Kevin Mitchell on vocals and rhythm guitar, Vanessa Thornton on bass, Chris Daymond on lead guitar and Almin Fulurija on drums. Kevin's brother, Brett Mitchell replaced Almin on drums because Almin didn't turn up to practice. Kevin, Vanessa and Chris met at high school while Brett Mitchell had been a drummer with The Jerk Offs. The band took their name from Jebediah Springfield, the fictional founder of Springfield on The Simpsons.

Jebediah played its first show at the Leeming High School formal at the Perth Sheraton Hotel under the name Jebadiah, where they played covers by bands such as Green Day and the Smashing Pumpkins, and one original. At their seventh gig, the band took out the Western Australian semi-finals of the 1995 Australian National Campus Band Competition and with their thirteenth ever gig had won the national final in Lismore, New South Wales. This led to an opening slot on the Summersault Music Festival before higher profile bands such as the Beastie Boys, Foo Fighters and Sonic Youth.

Wonder Years (1996-2002)

The band recorded the Twitch EP shortly before signing to Murmur, a label of Sony Music, in 1996. That year the band also won its first WAMi award for Best Stage Presence. Twitch was released in August 1996, debuting at number one on the Western Australian ARIA Chart. The band's next single, "Jerks of Attention", received substantial airplay on the Triple J radio network. High profile work on Homebake and the Big Day Out as well as support slots for Soundgarden, Everclear, The Presidents of the United States of America, Silverchair and You Am I further raised the band's profile.

The band won two WAMi awards in 1997 for "Most Popular Band" and "Most Popular Song" for "Jerks of Attention".

In 1997, The band recorded and released its first album Slightly Odway. The album reached a peak of number seven on the national Australian charts due to the success of tracks like "Leaving Home" and "Military Strongmen" and number 2 on the ARIA alternative charts, within four months it was certified gold. "Leaving Home" was rated number 10 in the Triple J Hottest 100 music poll for 1997. Slightly Odway eventually went double-platinum (140,000 sales), with "Teflon" and "Harpoon" adding to its success. Jebediah also supported the Smashing Pumpkins in their 1998 Australian tour.

The band started recording its second album Of Someday Shambles in Melbourne in 1999. "Animal", the first single, reached number 16 on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart. The band started touring Canada and New Zealand and won further WAMi awards for best video for "Harpoon", and Vanessa Thornton winning Best Bass Player. Of Someday Shambles debuted at number 2 on the Australian album charts, reaching gold status and then platinum.

Jebediah started 2000 by playing its second Big Day Out tour. It continued touring internationally playing the United States, Canada and New Zealand. Jebediah released a split EP with Jimmy Eat World in the US through Big Wheel Recreation.

Jebediah recorded its self-titled third album in late 2000 and 2001. The first single "Fall Down" reached number 24 in late October 2001, the Jebediah album however was not released until five months later in March 2002. Whilst the album debuted at number 8 on the charts, it didn't quite reach gold status (with only 35,000 sales).

Split with Sony (2003-2005)

Jebediah and Sony Music both agreed to part company in 2003 with Jebediah to record future albums as an independent act. Gleesides & Sparities, a collection of B-sides and rare tracks was their final release through Sony recorded in 2003.

In 2004, Jebediah produced their fourth album Braxton Hicks and later released it on their own record label, Redline Records in conjunction with Shock Records. It debuted at number 26 on the Australian album chart while the first single "First Time" made the top 50.

In June 2005, Jebediah launched their 10 year anniversary tour and an EP to coincide. Their shows consisted mainly of b-sides and rarities that fans had requested on the bands official forums.

Hiatus (2006-2007)

2006 and 2007 has seen Kevin Mitchell release and promote his second solo album, Suburban Songbook under his pseudonym Bob Evans. Brett Mitchell is currently drumming for a local band, The Fuzz.

Kevin Mitchell has recently announced that following his solo tour he will return to the studio (early 2008) with Jebediah and start recording the band's next album.

2008 Return

The band has returned to the studio to rehearse old hits and write new music for their next album, expected to be out in 2009.

Jebediah returned for a festival appearance at the Rollercoaster 07 Music Carnival held at the Western Foreshore in Mandurah on the 29th of December, 2007. Where they appeared alongside Hilltop Hoods, The Black Keys, Shihad, Kisschasy, Birds of Tokyo and Ash Grunwald. The band also played a sold out East Coast run of Shows in September, 2008 in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Further to the sold out shows was the fact that no advertising was done for the shows at all and sold out on the back of word of mouth.[1]

Members

Jebediah consists of:

  • Kevin Mitchell - vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Vanessa Thornton - bass guitar
  • Chris Daymond - lead guitar
  • Brett Mitchell - drums

Discography

Jebediah discography
Releases
Studio albums 4
Compilation albums 1
Extended plays 4
Singles 15

Albums

Year Notes Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
AUS[2]
1997 Slightly Odway
  • Released: 8 September 1997
  • Label: Murmur MATTCD056
  • Format: CD
7
1999 Of Someday Shambles
  • Released: 1 November 1999
  • Label: Murmur MATTCD092E
  • Format: CD
2
2002 Jebediah
  • Released: 3 March 2002
  • Label: Murmur MATTCD118
  • Format: CD
8
2004 Braxton Hicks 26
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Compilation albums

Year Album details AUS chart
peak
2003 Gleesides & Sparities
  • Released: 20 October 2003
  • Label: Murmur MATTCD127
  • Format: CD
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Extended plays

Year Album details AUS chart
peak
1996 Twitch
  • Released: 5 August 1996
  • Label: Murmur MATTCD035
  • Format: EP
61
1998 Harpoon
  • Released: 22 June 1998
  • Label: Murmur MATTCD074
  • Format: EP
46
2000 Jebediah / Jimmy Eat World[3] (Split EP)
  • Released: 31 August 2000
  • Label: Big Wheel Recreation 232
  • Other band: Jimmy Eat World
  • Format: EP
2005 Anniversary EP
  • Released: 20 June 2005
  • Label: Redline RED026
  • Format: EP
86
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Singles

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
AUS
[4]
1997 "Jerks of Attention" Non-album single
"Leaving Home" 48 Slightly Odway
"Military Strongmen"
1998 "Teflon" 41
"Harpoon" 46
1999 "Animal" 16 Of Someday Shambles
"Feet Touch the Ground"
2000 "Please Leave"
"Star Machine" (Promo)
2001 "Fall Down" 24 Jebediah
2002 "Nothing Lasts Forever" 50
"N.D.C."
"October" (Promo)
2004 "First Time" 50 Braxton Hicks
"No Sleep" (Promo)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Compilation appearances

Tracks from Jebediah featured on:

Awards and nominations

  • 1996 WAMi Awards - Best Stage Presence
  • 1997 WAMi Awards - Most Popular Band
  • 1997 WAMi Awards - Most Popular Song - Jerks of Attention
  • 1997 ARIA Awards Nominee - Best New Talent - Jerks Of Attention
  • 1998 ARIA Awards Nominee - Breakthrough Artist - Album - Slightly Odway
  • 1999 WAMi Awards - Best Local Video Clip - Harpoon
  • 1999 WAMi Awards - Best Female Bass Player - Vanessa Thornton
  • 2002 WAMi Awards - Best Female Original Bass Player - Vanessa Thornton
  • 2004 ARIA Awards Nominee - Engineer Of The Year - Braxton Hicks
  • 2004 WAMi Nominee - Best Independent Release - Braxton Hicks
  • 2005 WAMi Awards - Nominee - Best Commercial Pop Act
  • 2005 WAMi Awards - Best Bassist - Vanessa Thornton
  • 2006 WAMi Awards - Nominee - Best Bassist - Vanessa Thornton

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