German based shoegaze / noise pop trio ‘Jaguwar’ create blissfully immense hazy soundscapes. The band are made up of Lemmy Fischer, Oyemi Noize & Chris k and they fell in love over noisy soundscapes & purple stars. Influenced by too much coffee & loads of cigarettes whilst listening to My Bloody Valentine Vinyls in the dark they put together fuzzy reverb induced guitars with a punk rock attitude. In 2014 the first EP came out to show the world how sugar noise can be. We caught up with the band and peppered them with questions on music, shoegaze, life & Revolution – The Shoegaze Revival. Check it out:
We are just a bunch of Noise Lovers from Germany. Lemmy (Guitar) is a lot into effects and creating crazy sounds. Oyèmi (Bass) loves poppy but aggressive songs and runs her own Shoegaze Blog called ‘Shoegaze Love’ and Chris (Drummer) plays with us since spring last year and is a little punk rock guy. Lemmy and Oyèmi have known each other for a while and made music together for years until they decided to form Jaguwar to bring all their influences together and take the world. We had a lot of drummer issues so far and are very happy that we found Chris. He’s enthusiastic and full of energy.
We have a lot of different influences. We are very into Shoegaze bands of the first generation such as My Bloody Valentine and Jesus & the Mary Chain.
However we also listen a lot to A Place to Bury Strangers, Telescopes, Ringo Deathstarr. We adore Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr. We have a very extensive taste of music. Our drummer Chris is more the noisy type og guy and brings some new influences into our sound with the way he plays.
The shape of a fender Jaguar, crystal delay/reverb sounds with fuzzz wave attacks and feedback noise. Pretty much like the beatles on a spacemen 3 show.
Making music in general is different for each of us. Chris heard the Song ‘Walking in Memphis’ when he was a little boy and wanted to play the drums as he fell in love with the beat. His grandpa made him his first sticks and he started to play on the pots in his family’s kitchen. Lemmy started playing the piano at a young age and fell in love with his fathers guitar and switched to that and just started writing his own songs. Oyèmi comes from a very musical family and decided to lear to play the guitar at the age of 13 to change the world or something.
It’s the combination of everything: Experimental guitar sounds, noise rock energy, pop songs and rock arrangements. You can write very poppy Shoegaze songs and they still remain interesting and not just some stupid mainsteam pop stuff. And of course the beautiful noise!
Well, you could say it’s kind of a rebirth or revival of 90’s Shoegaze bands right now with all the reunions. However there are bands like Astrobrite who kept on making Shoegaze music since the mid-90s until now. However that the time for reunions is right because there are a lot of young bands in love with this kind of music and keeping the spirit alive so that they created the breeding ground for bands like Slowdive to come back. There is an audience again for this kind of music. The movie ‘Beautiful Noise’ is really awesome as young people have the possibility to hear from the ‘oldies’ how it was back there.
We provided our song ‘Muffhead’ & Oyèmi supported the compilation by writing about every single band involved on her Blog. We are very impressed how so many people worked on promoting the compilation so hard. That’s awesome and keeps the scene alive!
We are trying to keep the rock spirit alive. We are loud and don’t want to please anyone. Love us or hate us. Rock music means to tear up your amp to 12 and just be yourself. That’s pretty much all. There’s no deeper message then just be yourself in a radical way. Feel alive!
9) What are some of your favorite bands or albums?
Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon
Björk – Vespertine
The Cure – Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
Boston – Boston
Melvins – Houdini
We will play a lot of shows and tour Sweden in may for the first time. We will play shows with ‘Follow the Sea’ and ‘Star Horse’ and we’ll play together with ‘The Foreign Resort’. This will get very awesome. We release our next EP ‘II’ very soon and there is a big surprise coming, we don’t wanna talk about right now as it wouldn’t be a surprise anymore if we’d tell. So stay curious.
The Shoegaze Scene in Germany is small but there are some very cool bands such as The History Of Colour TV, The Lost Rivers, Downhill Willows, Seasurfer, Box and the Twins, I Have no Mouth but I must Scream and This Love is Deadly. And there are also a lot of awesome bands on the Revolution – The Shoegaze Revival compilation you should check out for example ‘Trementina’ from Chile or ‘Thud’ from Hong Kong.
King Crimson – In the Call of the Crimson King
Peter Gabriel – Intruder
Reverb, Fender, Punk Rock attitude
Thanks for reading and keep on supporting young talented bands. There are a lot out there, in every country of the world. Sometimes you jsut have to go out and look for them. Love. Jaguwar.