I have seen the future (and the past) of Britpop and its name is Jagwar Ma.
Never mind that the band isn't even British. These three young Australians look like they were barely alive when Oasis hit it big, but they managed to channel
Lead singer Gabriel Winterfield even wore a Kangol-style hat (but no baggy trousers), and gangly bassist Jack Freeman did a bit of a Bez of
Then the band opened with "What Love," a psychedelic dance track that launches one of the best series of album-opening songs in recent memory. I've had the band's debut album, "Jagwar Ma," on repeat in recent weeks, and it's that utter rarity: not a dud on the disc.
You know those songs you skip over? I don't do that with this album. And I like it better with each listen. Songs begin one way, end another, and it's wonderful. Songs blend into each other like a DJ is on the case. Songs become almost trancey dance grooves.
Early in the set the band played my favorite song (for the moment): "Man You Need," with its "Creep"-with-edge chorus: "You're not the man I need/That's what you said to me. ... But let me show you, babe/all the man I can be." Unlike some of the lead singers of the Britpop era (calling Ian Brown and Liam Gallagher), Winterfield is a pretty good mover, even doing a
The crowd -- decent sized for an afternoon show on the weekend's opening day -- seemed to be swooning a bit too. The Second Coming?