“Our goal is to make music that makes people scrunch their faces and nod their heads,” Brian Hubbert of A Shadow of Jaguar said in a recent interview. “Frustration is a big influence. Frustration with the industry, frustration with people. This is the most honest music we've ever made...besides our song about bath salts...we've never done bath salts (but we hear good things).” A delta rock duo, A Shadow of Jaguar allowed AXS the exclusive opportunity to premiere their debut music video for “Mama Needs The Bottle”. On top of that, Hubbert shed some light on the group’s first year together in this Q&A.
AXS: Are you Colorado natives? If not, where is everyone originally from?
Brian Hubbert (vocals, slide guitar, bass): Andrew Oakley [drums, vocals] is from Colorado, and I am originally from Connecticut.
AXS: What brought A Shadow of Jaguar together?
Brian: A phone call.
AXS: How long has A Shadow of Jaguar been together? What have you learned during that time?
Brian: Almost a year. We learned that both of us are pretty good at this music thing.
AXS: Where was your first show in Colorado, and what was the experience like? Who else did you play with at the show?
Brian: We played the No Name Bar in Boulder. We were way too loud for that place, but people really dug it.
AXS: Have any Colorado musicians inspired A Shadow of Jaguar?
AXS: What projects are A Shadow of Jaguar currently working on?
Brian: Our album.
AXS: What else is A Shadow of Jaguar involved in locally, either as individuals or as a group?
Brian: Music and more music. This is all we want to do, and all we do is try to make that a sustainable reality.
AXS: Does A Shadow of Jaguar have a goal in mind for the sound the band produces? Are there certain influences or themes the band tries to inject into its own music?
Brian: Our goal is to make music that makes people scrunch their faces and nod their heads. Frustration is a big influence. Frustration with the industry, frustration with people. This is the most honest music we've ever made...besides our song about bath salts...we've never done bath salts (but we hear good things).
AXS: For someone who has never seen or heard A Shadow of Jaguar, what would you tell them to entice them to watch your set?
Brian: Slide guitar and drums.
AXS: What would your ideal live show look like? Where would it take place? Any particular time of year? Would a specific band/musician share the bill with or open for A Shadow of Jaguar?
Brian: Jesus, with giant eagle wings, and singing lead vocals for Lynyrd Skynyrd.
AXS: What shows are you looking forward to over the next few months?
Brian: Returning to NYC for shows.
AXS: What do you enjoy most about Colorado’s music scene, and why?
Brian: It's where this band was born. For all the ups and downs, this place gave us our start, and taught us how to do this. It will always be home.