A revitalising sonic spark, the upbeat new single Motivation from beloved Perth rockers Jebediah follows on from the group’s dreamy indie single Rubberman, with Motivation unfurling cleverly simple melodics fused with Jebediah’s hard-wired charm. Also accompanied by a new music video that snapshots the band in their natural element, Motivation will also feature on Jebediah’s upcoming new album OIKS; their first album since 2011’s Kosciuszko, which will arrive on April 12, 2024. Pre-orders are available now via Cooking Vinyl Australia.

Ravishing in its simplicity and hypnotic drive, Motivation is an effortless foray into, and extension of, the pillars that have endeared Jebediah to the world since first forming decades ago. From the jangly guitars and undulating melodics pulsing through its verses through to driving anthemic fuzz in its choruses, Motivation was itself motivated by the band’s initial jam sessions that ultimately led to the creation of OIKS. And while it ultimately presents as an undisputed instant Jebediah classic, Motivation also holds a special significance for the band themselves, guided by long-time band friend and OIKS producer Dave Parkin at Blackbird Studios in Perth.

Motivation was a song that came from the initial in studio jam sessions that kick started the process of recording OIKS,” the band share of their brand new track. “At that stage, we didn’t really know what kind of album we were trying to make.  We were simply getting together in a room and making noise and seeing what eventuated.  Given that Motivation came from these sessions, it’s a very “band” sounding song, as opposed to some of the more experimental stuff that came along later during the recording process.  It captures the sound of the band playing in a room together and we tried not to embellish it too much. This song is a bit of a band favourite for sure, so we are obviously excited about it being released as a single before the album appears.”

Filming the accompanying music video for Motivation in Melbourne, Jebediah worked alongside another long-time collaborator to conjure the laidback visuals. With Arlo Cook behind the camera, who also took the reins on the clip for Gum Up The Bearings, aka the band’s first new single in over a decade released last year, Motivation’s clip is ultimately a mellow gem that authentically captures Jebediah’s enduring multi-generational appeal. Wholesome yet gritty and a perfect accompaniment to the earworm single, the clip is also yet another tempting peek into the upcoming release of OIKS – and the band are as excited as their legion of fans are to unveil their brand new album to the world, as they reveal, The video clip is intended to represent the simplicity of the song and the fact that we were trying to capture the raw sound of the band playing in a room together.  The video was shot in Melbourne by Arlo Cook who has been following us around with a camera since 2015, taking footage at shows all around Australia. We can’t wait for everyone to hear OIKS soon.  It was a labour of love that took us five years to complete, often during extremely turbulent times.”

On their impending sixth studio album, OIKS, Jebediah catapult their iconic past and present into a dazzling new era. Remaining consistently active since the release of 2011’s Kosciuszko, Jebediah surge into 2024 with their new album, showcasing their enduring creativity without ever losing sight of their influential indie and alternative rock roots that ultimately shaped the band over the years and led to the eventual creation of OIKS. From its poppin’ and rockin’ lead single Gum Up The Bearings through to the lush Rubberman and dulcet new single Motivation, the overall record was born out of experimentation while in the studio with long-time collaborator Dave Parkin (Red Jezebel, Spacey Jane). The result is an album which finds Jebediah completely at home with their sonic identity in 2024; as iconic as their breakthrough debut Slightly Odway in 1997 but with more vigour than ever before.

Closing out 2023 with a headline tour, as well as appearances in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane as part of Good Things Festival alongside the likes of Fall Out Boy, Limp Bizkit, Devo and Slowly Slowly, Jebediah were also cemented as Western Australian music royalty, with the band inducted into the WAM Hall Of Fame as part of the WA Music Awards last November. From emerging decades ago with infectious hooks and gritty riffs through to soundtracking the late ‘90s and early 2000s with a deluge of hits and snagging multiple ARIA Award nominations, Jebediah are equally at home wowing crowds in dimly-lit crowded pubs as they are weaving musical magic to thousands on festival stages. And with the impending release of OIKS, it feels like Jebediah are only getting warmed up for some incredible things yet to come.

Motivation is out today via Cooking Vinyl Australia.

OIKS will be released on 12 April, 2024 via Cooking Vinyl Australia, pre-order bundles available here.



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