Jaguwar began life as a trio, formed in Dresden by Oyèmi and Lemmy in 2012. Their drummer Chris signed up in 2014 to complete the current line-up. Thus far they have released two EPs on the US label Prospect Records and have played countless shows in the UK, Denmark, France, Serbia, Germany and beyond. They have shared the stage with acts like We were promised Jetpacks, Japandroids and The Megaphonic Thrift, resulting in many happy faces and ringing ears.
In 2016 they sent a brief e-mail to Tapete Records with music attached, asking to support The Telescopes on tour. Any band keen on supporting The Telescopes is sure to spark our curiosity and, before long, the two Jaguwar EPs had become firm favourites on the Tapete office playlist. File under: wall of sound, shoegaze, noise & pop. It is by no means injurious to surmise that My Bloody Valentine have had (and continue to have) some small, yet significant, degree of influence on Jaguwar.
In 2017, armed with an impressive array of effect devices, guitars, bass and amps, backed up by a prodigious supply of coffee and cigarettes, they decamped to the Tritone Studio in the idyllic environs of Hof, Bavaria, to record what would become “Ringthing”. Typically for the genre, they crafted layer upon sonic layer. No less typically, deadlines were not always adhered to. But it has been well worth the wait: more noise than ever and even more pop. “Noise & detail” is how the band describe their sound. “Ringthing” is a shimmering, reverberating, crashing monolith of an album. Jaguwar sway from combining saccharine pop with Amphetamine Reptilian noise to sounding like a serendipitous encounter between The Cure and Ride. Prepare to expect the unexpected from their meandering song structures. Successfully unshackled from their paragons, the trio's sui generis sound is destined to be heard all over the world.
With sprawling sonic landscapes on the trio’s 2018 debut album RINGTHING, JAGUWAR played their way into the hearts of noise
romantics. Their upcoming album GOLD is more than a symbiosis of intricate playfulness and the empowering strength of innermost desires. GOLD is a blast of future pop - an album arising from the band’s predisposition to experiment. GOLD is a call for justice....more
Brilliant Shoegaze Adventures that bring to mind My Bloody Valentine and other amazing bands that have been the soundtrack to so much of my life.
"Aurora" takes me back to a time a million years ago listening to music on my Discman when a new band or song could change the world... rikm