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My First CD: Jono Ma, Jagwar Ma

Words by Hugh McClure.

After dropping first single ‘Come and Save Me’ back in 2011, Jagwar Ma (Jono Ma and Gabriel Winterfield) are finally back. They’ve been busy generating plenty of buzz on the back of their single ‘The Throw,’ which has received high praise all over the world. The psychedelic-techno throwback was awarded Pitchfork’s Best New Music, while NME stated that “they might just be one of the best new bands in the world.”

Their music sounds so widely influenced (there aren’t too many acts around today I could compare them to), so we thought it would be prudent to ask Jono Ma about his early music tastes.

The first CD I ever owned was Bleach by Nirvana, a birthday present from my friend Dan. My brother had every other Nirvana album already (including Bleach on cassette), so the CD version completed the set. Nirvana was important for both my brother and I because it was really the first band we could truly call ours as opposed to music that our parents handed down to us like Dylan, Hendrix and Paul Simon. Nirvana was the first music that we loved and they hated, and Bleach was the heaviest, most inaccessible of all their albums – perfect for a couple of angsty kids who wanted to piss off their parents. I don’t really listen to Nirvana much anymore, but if I do ‘Negative Creep’ is certainly one that has aged well for me. It’s almost atonal in construction and is pretty much just raw energy. I’ve seen footage of that song live and it’s really like nothing else. The whole room seems to shake with electricity when that song drops. 

After recently thrilling local crowds during their Big Day Out tour stint, they’ve announced a heavy tour schedule for April, including the honour of supporting The xx on their Australian visit.

JAGWAR MA TOUR DATES:
Tickets on sale Friday, March 15 via Facebook.com/JagwarMa

Thursday, April 11 – Jive Bar, Adelaide
Friday, April 12 – Residence @ Metropolis, Fremantle
Saturday, April 13 – Pilerats @ Amplifier, Perth
Thursday, April 18 – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Friday, April 19 – Elsewhere, Gold Coast
Saturday, April 20 – Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane
Thursday, April 25 – Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne

Supporting The xx:
Monday, April 1 – Metro City, Perth
Tuesday, April 2 – Metro City, Perth – SOLD OUT
Thursday, April 4 – Festival Hall, Melbourne – SOLD OUT
Friday, April 5 – Festival Hall, Melbourne
Saturday, April 6 – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney
Sunday, April 7 – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney – SOLD OUT
Tuesday, April 9 – Convention Centre, Brisbane

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