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Johnny Whitney’s got such a distinctive voice (early punk seasoned with barbed wire dragged on glass) it’s hard not to be reminded of the band — Blood Brothers — he worked with for so long. But where Blood Brothers were all hyperkinetic fury, Jaguar Love is more restrained, a carefully contained chaos with a slight indie-pop undercurrent. Cody Votolato of the Blood Brothers is here on guitar, and Jay Clark of Pretty Girls Make Graves plays a variety of instruments and ends up at the recording/engineering helm as well. Whether it’s Clark’s influence, coming from the slightly more docile PGMG, or whether it’s a natural progression for Whitney and Votolato, the friendly fire of Jaguar Love leaves a mark, but one that heals quickly. “Highways of Gold” and “Jaguar Pirates” have the pop-sting of Sleater-Kinney, with hair-raising vocals atop see-sawing, bucking guitars, pulsing keyboards and heavy-bottomed drums. “The Man With the Plastic Suns” is a melodramatic, keyboard-driven overture, and “Bats Over the Pacific Ocean” is a relentless, kick drum-thumping number, filled in with roiling piano and twinkling xylophones. There's a measure of fun and experimentation here that makes Take Me to the Sea a joyride.

Customer Reviews

What Head Automatica was to glassJAw

I was kind of hoping for something better from Johnny Whitney. The Blood Brothers and Neon Blonde put out great albums that were always pushing the envelope. Jaguar Love just seems to be very surface level pop with not many interesting parts or lyrics. There are some good tracks on here, but overall just not a strong album. One of my favorites is the bonus track Videotape Seascape, oddly enough. It really is akin to Daryl and his work from glassJAw to Head Automatica. Both Johnny and Daryl have started with really progressive, influential bands only to retreat to more basic pop. Nevertheless, I'll still buy or at least give a listen to anything Johnny touches.

Taking back the rad world

Take Me to the Sea is simply amazing. My copy of the album arrived about a week ago in the mail, and I could not be happier. This is definitely NOT the Blood Brothers, which in the end turned out to be a good thing. I was worried that the new sound Johnny Whitney was creating would be too hard to adjust to, but it turned out perfect. Every song is great, so make sure you buy the whole album. My three favorites are "Jaguar Pirates", "Humans Evolve into Skyscrapers", and "Bone Trees and a Broken Heart".

oh yeah

I thought I would never find a band to fill my blood brothers break up void, but I did and boy does it deliver. this is definatly not the blood brothers but I can say its just as satisfying. I also would recomend with this you get Past lives new ep. its the other half of the blood brothers; Jordan Blilie, Mark Gajadhar and Morgan Henderson, along with the origenal bb guitarist Devin Welch. I normaly just put these two band on shuffle and just cruse. highly recomended.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Consisting of vocalist/pianist Johnny Whitney and guitarist/bassist Cody Votolato from the Blood Brothers along with keyboardist/bassist/drummer Jay Clark from Pretty Girls Make Graves, Jaguar Love are a West Coast indie rock trio that hopped on the fast lane to success in the summer of 2007. Votolato and Clark were neighbors in Seattle and became friends when the Blood Brothers and Pretty Girls Make Graves toured together. When talk of forming a new band was introduced, the two made a move to Portland...
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