Formed in Sydney Australia Jagwar Ma brought their own brand of psychedelic pop, fusing electronica, classic American pop harmony, vintage drum machines and other esoteric methods of creating sound to the Sub-Sonic Live stage at The Garage, London, on Wednesday 24th September, 2014.
Support came from Childhood, with a DJ set from the legendary Shaun Ryder (Happy Mondays, Black Grape).
Jagwar Ma were headliner for September's Sub-Sonic Live on Wednesday 24th September, 2014, The Garage, London.
Jono Ma and Gabriel Winterfield bonded over a mutual passion of melody and experimental beats, and the pair set out creating a sound that would capture their love for contemporary electronica & classic American pop harmony, Joe Meek & King Tubby, vintage drum machines & radio frequency manipulation and improvised percussion.
Meeting up to help finish off each other’s songs, sometimes they would become cavernous rhythms and more than often the pair would record just for the hell of it. (On one occasion the two were purported to have stayed up recording the sound of hair swishing across a microphone).
Watch Jagwar Ma's electrifying performance of their Pachanga Jagwar Pawar version of 'Come Save Me' below.
Fusing the elements of disparate musics, the vocal sweetness of Laurel Canyon, Carl Wilson and Bruce Johnston and the modern electronic space of the past 40 years, in their first recording ‘Come Save Me’ they created a contemporary psychedelia, with the beauty and simplicity of classic sun-soaked beach pop.
Another stand out song from the Jagwar Ma set, the high energy indie anthem 'Four':
Just weeks after putting it online, it had heavy airplay on Australian radio and a seven inch release on new label The Blue Rider, receiving a positive reaction to the mix of old & new, the uninhibited rhythm and a song rooted in celebrating sadness, its heavenly harmonies jilted by a lyric informing how leaving a loved one can really expose how lonely love really is.
“You can’t trick people in to liking a song” says Gab “We knew we liked it and that we had a really good time making it”.
Understanding that what they had was important and needed to be documented, they decamped to a friend’s studio in France in the summer of 2012 to record their debut album - just the two of them in an empty farm two hours south of Paris, with an 808, a Fender jaguar, a laptop & a pair of vintage Neve console channels.
Their time at La Briche echoes like a strange psychedelic film: cycling in fields of sunflowers, copious amounts of cheese, growing caveman beards and going crazy in the studio.
Support came from Childhood whose album 'Lacuna' has been met with indie press praise and airplay on its release.
See them perform their impossibly catchy hit 'As I Am' below.
Childhood also performed their Summer 2013 breakthrough track 'Solemn Skies':