The Jaguar Club: And We Wake Up Slowly

The Jaguar Club
And We Wake Up Slowly
(Self-Released)

The Jaguar’s Club debut full-length album is one of those instances of finding a band you’ve (probably) never heard of before, but that you want to listen to over and over. It’s got that right mixture of energetic guitar, soaring melodies, and rich vocals that mesh together so well. The Brooklyn trio (Will Popadic on vocals and guitar, Yoichiru Fujita on bass, and Jeremiah Joyce on drums) explain that they wrote these songs in a hot Brooklyn basement and recorded them in a barn in the Catskill Mountains, and you can quite literally feel this tension of modern life, between city and nature. But for whatever reason they chose these locations, it’s clear that they’ve found a creative sweet spot, as they were definitely in the right place at the right time.

Maybe one of the most refreshing things about The Jaguar Club is that they have something to say. You won’t hear any clichés or annoyingly repeated rhymes here. Popadic’s lyrics deal with some big futuristic subjects at times, but they’re not so much dark and depressing as realistic, with the odd details similar to the strangely familiar things that come out of David Byrne’s mouth. From “wrestling with the necessary evils of technology and life,” as Popadic once put it, to topics of high blood pressure (which he has) and a cry for the children of the ‘80s, the songs all seem to be bursting with something that yearns to be expressed – making you want to listen all the more.

Musically, the songs often get their momentum from Fujita’s deep yet hollow bass, which has led to appropriate comparisons with 1980s post-punk bands such as Echo and the Bunnymen. If you heard some of these songs on a college radio station (where they would fit right in), you might wonder if they were old or new, although the modern electronic feel that crops up would eventually give it away. Not surprisingly, The Jaguar Club loves to play live, and they’ve already brought their trademark energy to many cities along the east coast. Hopefully, they’re on the road to go a lot further.