Q&A with Boulder-based band A Shadow of Jaguar
Boulder-based rock ‘n’ roll duo A Shadow of Jaguar is made up of Brian Hubbert and Andrew Oakley. The two began collaborating this year, writing and recording their rock, blues and soul tunes. The duo is set to release their first single, “Mama Needs the Bottle,” along with a music video filmed in New York City. Hubbert, on lead vocals, slide guitar and bass, can also be recognized for his work with Cold River City. Drummer and vocalist Oakley has also made a name for himself in the Boulder music scene in his previous gig with West Water Outlaws. The Summit Daily caught up with Oakley before their performance Thursday, Oct. 15 at the Snake River Saloon in Keystone.
Describe your music to someone who has never seen it.
A Shadow of Jaguar plays high-energy rock ‘n’ roll music with a blues and soul flavor. Our riffs are reminiscent of early blues and classic rock, the drums are thunderous yet groovy, and the melodies are as sweet and catchy as any soul singer.
How did the band get started, and what do you feel is your biggest accomplishment so far?
Brian and I got started in early 2015 and we have both been members of some prevalent Colorado local bands, including West Water Outlaws, Cold River City and Bandits. We met through playing various shows together with our other bands, and a musical connection was immediately made at a jam session in 2013. Our greatest accomplishment so far has been playing to a packed house at our debut headlining show in New York City this August.
What is the craziest/weirdest thing that has happened to you either on the road or while playing a show?
Most of the craziest and weirdest road stories we have would not be appropriate to share publicly. We did witness a Land Rover completely engulfed in flames on the New Jersey turnpike last week though. That was some pretty scary stuff. We also see a lot of fascinating roadkill, and by far the most interesting one I have seen was a llama on the side of I-70 in Utah. As musician, you tend to spend ungodly amounts of time in the car. Spectacles like those, however sad or scary they may be, can really break up the monotony. They also give you a reality check of the dangers of spending so much time on the highway.
How would you like to see the band grow in the future?
We plan to keep putting out new material and playing shows until we have achieved world domination and/or enlightenment.
What was your first strong memory of absolutely knowing you wanted to be a performer?
Watching Rose Hill Drive in their early days. Those shows had a huge impact on me as a young musician.
What would you like the audience to walk away with after watching your show?
We want the audience to walk away with a sore neck, ringing ears, and a beautiful girl (or guy). And a splitting hangover.
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