Photos by G (except where noted).
Hot new band alert! Australia’s Jagwar Ma performed their first ever show in New York last night (actually, I think it was their first in the USA) at Mercury Lounge in Manhattan on September 30, 2013 and it was awesome! Their music is a mixture of rock, pop, shoegaze and electronica and the sold out crowd loved every second of it! They kept the lights low and flashing to provide the ultimate vibe, which was awesome for the show, but bad for taking photos (ha!), so you can see what the guys in Jagwar Ma look like after the jump when I spoke with them after the show. Their debut album is called “Howlin” and like their show, it mixes the genres I mentioned above. Their 45 minute set found them performing the majority of “Howlin” and it was great to hear songs like their chill out single “The Throw” and then moments later, hear a full on dance floor jam like “Four.” If you missed the show, they are playing at Glasslands in Brooklyn on October 1, 2013 and they’ve just announced a headlining US tour scheduled for winter 2013. If I were you, I’d definitely see them at a smaller venue because once you hear their music, you will fall in love.
I spoke with Jagwar Ma after the show and I was the only one who had their excellent cd, which they gladly signed for me. Jack Freeman is on bass. Gabriel Winterfield is the lead singer and Jono Ma is on synths, drum machine and bass. The band was very pleased with how their first performance in NYC turned out (as was the crowd) and both myself and the band are excited for their return to Manhattan in December. Thanks for a great show guys! See you in a few months!