MTV Review: Jagwar Ma Have The Courthouse Howlin'
The Aussie three-piece bring their unique sound to the most unlikely of venues...
Jagwar Ma’s intimate courthouse gig will be remembered not only by the band but everyone there from the dock to the judge’s stand.
The group originally from Sydney last night (June 12) played Bristol’s decommissioned Crown Court as part of the Lumia Live Sessions.
The sessions have included Ella Eyre playing a vintage fairground in Devon and Years & Years playing a disused London Underground station.
Gabriel, Jono and Jack of Jagwar Ma took to the challenge with Australian cool and brilliance and played songs from their acclaimed debut record, Howlin'.
As an album it’s superb. Played live it’s in a different realm. Fans of the band include Noel Gallagher and their style is likened to fellow Aussie band, Tame Impala.
The success of the album could be down to the fact that the band made it all over the globe catching influences from a number of producers and creating it along the way from Sydney to Berlin via France.
“At the time that we made the record we were unsigned, so it was a self-financed record,” says lead singer, Gabriel.
Is there anything they’d do differently? Jono adds: “We didn’t really have time to look back. If there wasn’t a deadline we probably would have just kept fiddling and trying to perfect it.”
On the subject of new material they’re not prepared to give too much away: “They’re cards we’d like to keep close to our chest,” Gabriel continues, “We’re starting early pre-production of the next record.”
However if their Lumia Live session is anything to go by Howlin' is an album that fans won’t tire of, the band describe their sound as simply being electronic music but their courtroom show proved they’re a lot more.
Frontman Gabriel summed up the nature of the night mid-way through the set, joking: “court is now in session.” Case closed.
By Theo Watt @MTVUK