Monday, 29 April 2013

DIGITAL WORDS / Jaws Interview

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Hailing from Birmingham and bandying around a comforting ‘90s indebted strung out garage sound, four piece Jaws seem so far so B-Town. They’re a band who have been gently but assuredly bubbling away as their home town scene has become the focal point of a nostalgic slacker pop revival. Jaws filled 2012 with a number of shimmering singles like ‘Toucan Surf’ and ‘Surround You’ and they have continued this year in the same promising fashion with their latest ‘Friend Like You.’ For those who haven’t yet had the pleasure of having Jaws’ warming tones washed over you, the band have done you a favour and compiled all their best tracks and b-sides onto one understatedly rich EP - ‘Milkshake’. We recently had a chat with the guys to find out about their ever growing popularity and their fresh new compilation.

You played your first show together about a year ago. Compare that first gig to the shows you played on your recent UK tour.
Well, our first show was a nightmare for us, I’m not sure how the ten people in the crowd found it but we know we sucked.  However some of the shows on the tour were incredible, I’m going to say the Birmingham show was the best night as somehow it managed to sell out which was unexpected so that made the show really something special for us, we got a load of inflatable palm trees, sharks, beach balls and confetti cannons for it.

You guys are a big component of the B-Town scene. Do you think it’s fair for Jaws to be compared to the likes of Swim Deep and Peace or has it just become an easy way of labelling all of the good bands coming out of Birmingham?
Of course, we’re all from Birmingham so we’re always going to get compared to each other.

How do you feel about your contemporaries, the aforementioned Swim Deep and Peace, becoming more London-centric? Do you think you’ll end up doing the same?
It doesn’t bother us in the slightest but obviously if you gave someone the choice of Birmingham or London then 99.4% of people will chose London. Maybe one day we’ll be the same, who knows?

Are there any other bands from your hometown who we should be listening out for or that you particularly like?
There are so many… Superfood, Laced, Bad Moon, Wide Eyed, Heavy Waves, God Damn, Dumb, These Kings and Caves. 

There’s a hell of a lot of dreamy guitar pop floating around right now. What would you say makes Jaws stand out?
Erm, I’m not sure, maybe it’s because one of our guitars is named Kelvin.

Your new EP ‘Milkshake’ brings together all of your singles and b-sides from the past year. How does this collection of songs make you feel about the band’s career so far? Has it been a bit of whirlwind experience?
Yeah, I mean I guess the whole point of this EP was to kind of check point where we are as a band right now, it also groups together all the tracks for anyone who discovers us and wants to give us a proper listen it saves them having to go deep into the internet for the odd single and b-side.  The fact we’ve managed to get as far as putting out a proper EP makes us feel pretty proud. It’s something we never expected to be doing when we started the band to be honest. We didn’t think anyone would care.

What are your upcoming plans for the rest of 2013? Can we expect a Jaws album? More tour dates, perhaps?
We’re doing some festivals in the summer like Bestival, Camp Bestival, Beacons and X&Y. Plus we’ll be playing here and there. Hopefully some tour dates towards the end of the year. And there is a 100% chance of more music coming your way in 2013

Finally, who are your idols?
Our cat, Pip ‑ just a pure legend.

Jaws’ ‘Milkshake’ EP is out now

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