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The Jezabels’ Hayley Mary lashes out at critics: “Fucking get a real job”

Although she claims she didn’t actually read any reviews of The Jezabels’ second album The Brink, frontwoman Hayley Mary really doesn’t like music critics.

“There is too much hatred in the world to have a job that is based on writing off what other people try and do,” Mary commented to Music Feeds. “I don’t mind when people criticise politicians, or like the army or something [but] musicians are just writing songs. You don’t need to get all vitriolic about the situation.”

Mary said the majority of critics don’t “get” her band’s music, and it’s annoying they continue to write about it. “Clearly it’s not for you, so you’re communicating something that’s not that helpful to someone who might potentially like it, or not like it. It’s just hate,” she claimed. “There are a few great reviewers in Australia and the world, obviously, that just do their job really well but the majority of them have already decided that they hate the band.”

In her review of reviewers, Mary singled out FL sister site Mess+Noise as representative of “a certain school of critics in every territory that fucking hate us and sort of always were going to.” She said critics like this should “fucking get a real job”.

For the record, the M+N review described the record of “cookie-cutter anthems” as “flaccid and uninspiring”, but also noted that there is “no shortage of catchy, hummable, singalong choruses” and that the band makes “exceptionally well-made pop music”. Other critics have described The Brink – which reached #2 on the ARIA charts and has an aggregated score of 58 on Metacritic – as “far too pedestrian”, “slick yet uninvolving” and “half as compelling as it could have been”.

The Jezabels will play a run of headline dates including two shows at the Sydney Opera House next month in addition to their tour with Groovin’ The Moo festival. Check out their tour dates here.