Saturday, October 2, 2010

Interview with Jagged

Jagged is an electro/darkwave/rock band from Bristol in the UK~

Jagged is: Iain Brownlie – Vox, Marc Trueman - Keyboards, Programming, Ade Pridham - Bass, Producer, Steve John – Guitar, Matt Mohangee – Drums

Combichrist with Jagged as Support, played on 3rd August 2010 at The Tunnels, Bristol.Combichrist have played to Wembley! Yep - February 2010 the band went on tour with Rammstein across the Europe and the UK woo-ing crowds and blowing people away with their immense beats. Now Jagged is a band that has proven they can share the bill with top darkwave/electro/industrial bands such as the above mentioned so it does seem that commercial success is a realistic possibility for this incredible band!

Jagged has a video that is being produced by Andy Sutton who has numerous film, tv and music video credits inc Paul McCartney, Pretender, Cheaky Girls (lol) etc. His music videos have appeared on MTV, Top of the Pops and The Box. This video is likely to be aired and shown on MTV Germany, and we want to pull out all the stops on this.

So what we are looking for is some simulated live crowd shots on Saturday 9th October 2010. The venue will be The Tunnels near Templemeads Train Station. You will need to be there for 11.45am and we will be be shooting between 12.00 - 15.00hrs. So please just come along in your best togs be part of the video.

Here is the exclusive interview of our infamous new band on the scene JAGGED~

LadyaslanDDTTRH: Tell us about Jagged...what makes you all tick? How long have you all been involved in music? How did you come up with the name Jagged?

Jagged: Jagged as a band has been in existence approximately 2 ½ years. We are all from various music backgrounds from classical, indie, electronic music to metal and punk. Music is our love and to a greater or lesser degree our life, combined we have been involved in music some 50 plus years. The name jagged came out of our keyboard players’ favourite artist Gary Numan’s album ‘Jagged’.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: What is your favorite Duran Duran song and video?

Jagged: Ade – God there are so many, let me think, ok, I am torn between 2 tracks I'm afraid one being The Chauffeur – I love it’s atmospheric and energy even though it’s a relatively slow song and the other being Planet Earth, it’s raw analogue synthesis, it’s one of their earlier tracks and to me one of their best. Mark – Wild Boys as I loved the video, when you think of the era, the video’s amazing. Matt – View to a kill, my favourite as Duran Duran music for the same title James Bond Film. Steve – Notorious, being a guitarist it draws you into the track, fine musicianship. Iain – As a singer and a lyricist words are important to me and the song that does it for me is Save a Prayer for its lyrical content and musicality.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: How would you describe the specific style and sound of Jagged to any Indie/ Rock / Post Punk fans who hadn’t heard of you before?

Jagged: Jagged although has found it’s mark in the Alternative Electro/Synth/ Rock/Darkwave genre is actually a melting post a kind of New Darker 80’s Electro combined with elements of Rock, pop, indie and dance. We have been described as the Modern Ultravox and the UK equivalent of Apoptygma Berzerk. We draw inspiration from Gary Numan, Ultravox, Duran Duran, Mesh, Apoptygma Berzerk. We are happy to say that we are musical and not the same as a lot of the thud, thud, thud electro outfits out there.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: What contributions do you feel Duran Duran has made to the world of music and fashion in the past 30 yrs?

Jagged: It pretty much speaks for itself, their videos were innovative, lavish and set the benchmark, which other bands had the unenviable task of following, and there timeless tracks have stood the test of time which is a testament to their musicianship. They went from New Romantics to mainstream yet still at the forefront of clothes and hair fashion, like ‘model musicians’.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: How did you and the band get involved with Devolution Magazine?

Jagged: It came about when we played a show supporting The Shaklin Freakshow in Swindon, there was a couple of people we noticed that stood out in the audience that were, individual, alternative and seemed to be really out to enjoy themselves for each and every band playing, it was a good night and the venue was pretty good. The audience was good and lively, but the couple definitely stood out in a good way. After the show, the couple who turned out to be Nickie and Rob from Devolution Magazine approached us obtained a copy of our debut album ‘Autumn Fall’, and immediately booked us to play the Devolution Xmas Party. Since then they have keenly and actively supported us in the magazine.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: What Duran Duran song would you like to remake if you could and why?

Jagged: To be honest, in the past we recorded and performed one cover song ‘Damned don’t Cry’ by visage, it was put on the album and has always been received well at shows and is still requested, but we never really enjoyed playing it, we always felt it wasn’t our song, which of course it wasn’t. Our viewpoint is don’t remake, play or mess about with something original as nothing ever compares to the genuine article.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: What was it like to get the news that your band will support Combichrist? How did that come to be?
Jagged: We were pleased, but then again we are always pleased and appreciative of all the shows we play and perform be it a small intimate show or playing with bands such as Mesh, Emily Autumn or Combichrist. Combichrist are respected and liked by many, it has helped them the fact that they were touring support for Rammstein. Being a Bristol show, we were the obvious choice for the National Promoter, hence why we were booked.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: What was the thought behind the song/lyrics of Subterranean?

Jagged: The lyrics for Subterranean are inspired by the Hindu belief in the re-incarnation......

The lyrics are written from the perspective of a "soul" looking back on a previous life........Deep I know. Well you did ask ;)

LadyaslanDDTTRH: If you could have a sit down with any member of Duran Duran who would it be and what would be topic of discussion?

Jagged: To each of us would be the opposing member, i.e, Ade Pridham Bassist would be John Taylor – Ade has the same make of Bass that John used on some of the early Duran Duran tracks, which is a Kubicki XFactor, but John used the very first prototype. His topic would be his style of playing, did it evolve or change for Duran Duran or did he play that way from the outset. Mark Trueman Synth Player would be Nick Rhodes – Growing up in the 80’s he was hypnotized by the Synthesizer, Mark’s topic would be about Analogue v Digital Synthesis. Matt Mohangee Drums would be Roger Taylor, his topic of conversation would be about his thoughts on digital kits over acoustic, Matt being firmly in the acoustic arena, would love his view point. Steve John Guitar would be Andy Taylor, he says, well you can see a trend here, definitely topic would be guitar’s, amp’s and women lol. Finally Iain Brownlie Singer would be Simon Le Bon and his topic being about the history of Duran Duran, how it evolved and how much the music did and lyrics change from when Stephen Duffy departed and Simon joined the group.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: Tell us about the band members of Jagged~

Jagged: We are at our best when we play live. We are like a jigsaw, a jumble of individuals, when first tipped out of the box, but as soon as we are on the stage, the pieces come together musically, the picture is clear for all to see and hear, a very tight and polished band.

Iain B: I am the Singer and lyricist for jagged, I come from a very different background to the other guys, my influence is predominantly Indie and dance. If you were to ask me who my favourite band is I would have to say Muse.

Marc Trueman: I am the Programmer and Synth Player for Jagged. I am very much an 80’s electro boy. All the usual suspects have inspired me, Gary Numan, Duran Duran, Ultravox, Depeche Mode, TFF etc.

Ade Pridham: I am the Producer and Bass Player for Jagged. I am very much the alternative guy in the band. Lucky enough to have been an original punk turned New Romantic and then Cyber lout lol. My influences range from punk through to Electro Pop, Goth, Cyber and even Classical. The bands that influence me most are Mesh, Apoptygma Berzerk, The Birthday Massacre and Portion Control amongst others.

Steve John: I am the guitarist for Jagged. Musically I like, Indie, Rock & Metal. Many bands influence me from Guns and Roses through to Muse, VNV Nation & The Birthday Massacre. I am the youngest member and am not too well up on 80’s Electro, however, since joining jagged I have grown to love the scene we play in.

Matt Mohangee: I am the drummer for Jagged. Although a rock drummer at heart, I have been playing in Synth based bands for approx 6 years and love the scene. I have a diverse music taste, far too many to mention J

LadyaslanDDTTRH: Tell us about the Jagged debut album "Autumn Fall"

Jagged: It’s very difficult to talk about something so close to the heart, so maybe the thoughts and reviews of Magazines can some our debut up:

I’m not exactly certain what I expected from Autumn Fall, but I must admit that it certainly wasn’t what I got. The minimalist cover of a black background with a gas mask put me in mind of the likes of Leather Strip whilst the band photograph on the inside, depicting the band in Cargo pants and Cyberdog tops made me expect some bog standard, or worse yet, sub-standard, EBM. Jagged are neither of these things. Instead I was treated to an album of first class tunes. Driving electronica fused with guitar, bass and drums Jaggeds’ sound put me in mind of a lot of things, taking the best of Gary Numan, Ultravox, The Dream Disciples, The Clan of Xymox and injecting something new to produce a sound that is unmistakably their own. Now people who know me, know that is high praise indeed, as there are few albums I will listen to all the way through in a single sitting for pleasure, I mostly do that when writing reviews. Left to my own devices I like to mix it up a bit more, a track by band X then one by band Y then band Z, and so on. This, however, is an Album I will listen to all the way through twice in a row for the sheer joy of it. The drums, bass and guitars fill out the sound quite nicely, and the smooth vocals are excellently delivered by Iain Brownlie who has a very good voice indeed. I can’t name a weak track on the album, although I do have a favorite, which is track 8 “Damned Don’t Cry”.
This is an album that will very much appeal to the fans of Numan, Ultravox, Xymox, and the Dream Disciples (Although they aren’t as heavy as latter disciples work).
8/10 TWF Magazine Issue .. 11 April 2009

....Bristol.... based five piece outfit Jagged have been welcomed into the industrial loving arms of the Rebco Records family and Autumn Fall is a nine track plus bonus ‘In this Studio’ video result of that partnership. Vocalist Iain Brownlie has a smooth and eclectic voice that serenades over the edgier more sharpened musical styling’s that this talented band play so effortlessly. Having seen these guys live recently their record is almost a mirror representation of what they achieve in front of the crowd and if you are into your cyber, industrial darkwave with elements of Goth and electronica then these guys won’t disappoint even the harshest genre critic. In fact we loved them so much that we immediately booked them for the Devolution Xmas Party.

Reviewed by Nickie Hobbs (issue 22 Devolution Magazine)

LadyaslanDDTTRH: Anything you want to speak about or share with the fans?

Jagged: We are busy in the Studio at the moment working on our follow up album ‘Undisputed King of the Tragedy’. The Album will be released on Monday 7th February 2011 . There is going to be an Album Launch Show & Party at The Tunnels, Bristol on Friday 4th February 2011 , followed by UK & European show dates. Watch this space, exciting times ahead. We would like to thank all our fans for supporting us and also you Ladyaslan for this opportunity. Jagged over and out J


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