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Origin Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Genres Grunge, alternative rock, indie rock, indie pop[1]
Years active 1992 (1992)–1995
Labels Sub Pop, Cinnamon Toast
Associated acts The Vees, Joe Pernice, Sloan
Past members Jennifer Pierce
Alyson MacLeod
Laura Stein
Eve Hartling
Mike Belitsky

Jale was an alternative rock band from Halifax, Nova Scotia, on the east coast of Canada. Contemporaries of Sloan and The Super Friendz, they were formed in 1992 and disbanded in 1996. They released three records in all (the albums Dreamcake and So Wound and the EP "Closed"). Jale came out of the mid-1990s Halifax scene.


Jale was formed by four art school students in 1992: guitarist Jennifer Pierce, who had earlier sung backup on the album Smeared by Sloan; drummer Alyson MacLeod; bassist Laura Stein; and guitarist Eve Hartling. The band's name was formed from the first letters of the members' first names.

Jale became the second Canadian band (after Eric's Trip) to be signed to the Seattle label.


Jale's first album, Dreamcake, was released in 1994.

So Wound and the breakup[edit]

In November 1995, Jale regrouped to record their second album, So Wound, in Chicago. Mike Belitsky of alt-country band The Sadies replaced McLeod as drummer. So Wound appeared to contain radio-friendly hits in "All Ready" and "Ali." However, Sub Pop pulled support for the album while the band was on tour.

Only a few months after the release of So Wound, Jale disbanded.

After the breakup[edit]

Jennifer Pierce, Laura Stein, and Mike Belitsky continued on as The Vees, touring Canada twice and releasing a self-titled EP on Halifax label Murderecords in 1997; however, the band stopped performing the following year.

Pierce, Stein, and Belitsky all resurfaced in 2000: the three appeared on the self-titled album by Chappaquiddick Skyline, a side project of the Massachusetts-based Pernice Brothers. Stein and Belitsky later appeared on the Pernice Brothers' albums The World Won't End (2001) and Yours, Mine and Ours (2003).


  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Jale". AllMusic. Retrieved April 8, 2015. 

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