Jagwar Ma undoubtedly one of the modern pioneers helping to resurrect the increasingly popular Psychedelic/garage genre, alongside bands like Temples and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. The last three years have been very busy for Jaguar Mar since the release of their debut album ‘Howlin’’, touring with Foals and even supporting Tame Impala at their arena dates earlier this year in London, Amsterdam and Paris. With these links to such prominent figures, you would think that the Australian psych group would be skyrocketing to fame. However they seem to be climbing up the ladder to the big time much more gradually than expected, developing a small yet devoted fan base for the band, which was evident at their recent gig at Manchester Academy 2.
Although a relatively average size venue, there was an overwhelming energy that was maintained throughout the entirety of the gig and you missed the chilled, dreamy atmosphere that Jaguar created as soon as the gig was over. The hazily romantic spotlights, accompanied by the dry ice smoke created a psychedelic, chilled ambience that really complimented the tone of their music and led the crowd into fully appreciating the mood of every song.
The band managed to make the transaction between songs and vibe seamless, each song that came next seemed to perfectly compliment the last. From the lesser known songs such as ‘What Love’, with its pulsing beat and monotonous smooth vocals, to faster paced songs like ‘Come Save Me’. Rolling Stone have said that album ‘Every Now & Then’ sounds like it was “recorded on a dilapidated sunflower farm in the French countryside, and that’s because it was”. In their live show Jagwar Ma manage to recreate the somewhat vintage, raw and tender sound, which make their albums so delightful. This is a band who knows who they are, what they want to do, and can wow their fans onstage – definitely not an act to miss.