Braxton Hicks is the fourth album by Jebediah released in 2004.
The album is the first by Jebediah as an independent band after leaving Sony Music Australia in 2002 by mutual consent. The band was unhappy with the Sony's promotion of its previous self-titled album while its sales were not as strong as previous releases.
Braxton Hicks, the band have spent a good amount of time explaining lately, are the false labour contractions some women experience before childbirth, named after the 19th-century English doctor who "discovered" them. Mitchell was struck by the term when he read it in a medical book.
"We saw it as an analogy for songwriting in that the songwriting process is like the contractions, and the end product, the song, is like the child," Mitchell says. "And you can take it as far as you want really."
Braxton Hicks was released on July 12, 2004, in Australia. It entered the Australian charts at #26, a poor result given that the band's first two albums had debuted in the top ten. However, the band estimated that it could break even with fewer sales as an independent act than on a major label. The first single, "First Time", made the Australian top 50 at #50 while the second single, " No Sleep", entered Triple J's Net 50 at #8.
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