JAG­WAR MA

FRONT­MAN GABRIEL WINTERFIELD TALKS MU­SI­CAL IN­FLU­ENCES, DIF­FI­CULT SEC­OND AL­BUMS AND WIN­NING A-LIST FANS.

GQ (Australia) - - SOURCE -

Three years ago, Syd­ney-bred, Uk-based Jag­war Ma dropped their first LP, Howlin’. Al­most overnight, they be­came one of mu­sic’s most ac­claimed acts, with head­lines, sum­mer an­them sta­tus and celebrity fans. Now the boys are back with fol­low-up Ev­ery Now & Then, de­liv­er­ing an evo­lu­tion of the band’s sig­na­ture sound, tran­scend­ing vo­cals and psychedelic rhythms. “We’re quite pro­gres­sive as peo­ple – that’s the best way to put it,” ex­plains Gabriel Winterfield, the band’s gui­tarist and vo­cal­ist, who cred­its the likes of The Beach Boys, hip-hop and Mo­town as in­flu­ences on their sec­ond ef­fort. “From the be­gin­ning, it was about try­ing to do some­thing dif­fer­ent.” Those ea­ger to hear the re­sults in­clude Tame Im­pala’s Kevin Parker and Prince Harry, but their big­gest celebrity cheer­leader is Noel Gal­lagher, who fa­mously de­clared he was too busy lis­ten­ing to them to bother re­form­ing Oa­sis. “That was funny,” says Winterfield. “We didn’t know him at the time. But I’ve met him since. One time we were re­hears­ing in South Lon­don – they had a Nin­tendo in the rec room and I had Mum’s mine­strone, so I was al­ready nos­tal­gic.” He con­tin­ues, “I saw the back of this guy’s head as he walked down the cor­ri­dor. Then he opened the sound­proof door, all we heard was ‘And af­ter aaaaall’ then the door shut. It was Noel Gal­lagher and they were re­hears­ing ‘Won­der­wall’! I was like, ‘what year is this?’” he laughs. “We ex­changed num­bers and caught up dur­ing [this year’s] Glas­ton­bury. We were talk­ing about Adi­das, and he told me that when he met Phar­rell, he said ‘Oa­sis – it was about more than the songs, man. Your sweaters were so good!’” No word on Jag­war Ma’s knitwear, but they’ve still re­ceived their fair share of hype. Is sec­ond-al­bum pres­sure real? “Yeah,” ad­mits Winterfield. “I talked to Noel about it and he said, ‘Don’t over­anal­yse things. You make records, put them out, go tour­ing. Then you do it again.’ It’s easy for him to say be­cause he’s made amaz­ing records. But some of the pres­sure is good – it’s mo­ti­vat­ing, ex­cit­ing.” That said, Winterfield’s not fazed about con­quer­ing the air­waves a sec­ond time. “It used to be about try­ing to get on the ra­dio, but fuck that – it has to be sin­cere. We can’t do ex­actly what we think peo­ple are go­ing to ex­pect.” Ev­ery Now & Then is out Oc­to­ber 14

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