11 Songs, 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

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About Jaguar Love

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 to join up with Whitney and write new music. Within a few months they had four songs recorded and started considering different labels. After a brief tour with Queens of the Stone Age, Jaguar Love signed a deal with indie big-leaguers Matador in January of 2008. In late spring, the trio's debut EP was released, and the full-length Take Me to the Sea arrived just after, in August. The band and Jay Clark parted ways and, reluctantly, Jaguar Love decided to carry on as an electro-pop duo. After taking some time to regroup and start a clothing line, Whitney and Votolato released the accordingly fashionable Hologram Jams on Fat Possum in March of 2010. ~ Jason Lymangrover

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