Introducing Jarrow and his debut album of garage-pop perfection, Expensive Hugs
An excellent new album from an artist with interesting stories to tell and ways to tell 'em.
Jarrow is the band moniker of Footscray's Dan Oke, a fellow who knows his way around a perfect piece of garage-pop and suburban storytelling. He's recently unleashed Expensive Hugs, his quite bloody awesome debut album - 10-track descent into weirdo pop hooks, classic yarns and a genuine sense of fresh-ness within both the songwriting and sonic arrangements.
We flicked him a few questions to find out some more ahead of a quick album tour this May, check out his responses below and grab the album via BANDCAMP.
Tell us about about yourself?
I’m 22 years old, I’m from Footscray and I reply instantly to emails. My stage name is Jarrow but my birth name is Daniel.
What kinda tunes we talkin’?
A sugary cocktail of indie pop and garage punk.
Most of the writing process and demo making usually takes place in my bedroom. I like to go back to older tracks and recordings I’ve done and piece it all together into an irregular jigsaw until it almost sounds like a full song.
Can you tell us about your new album, Expensive Hugs?
This is my first LP produced in a recording studio, with the engineering help of Jacky Winter. The album is 10 tracks too many and thematically touches on concepts like self-deprication, technology, memes and fear.
Any shows coming up?
A big tour in May!! We are playing a hometown Melbourne show at one of our favourite spots The Curtin, Bloodhound Bar in Brissy and capping it off with a visit to The OAF Gallery in Sydney.
What’s the rest of the year have in store?
More gigs and touring, more music videos and maybe I can move out at some point to annoy a new set of neighbours.
Where can we hear more of your music?
If you stand in the frozen aisle at Coles for long enough you’ll probably hear one of my songs on the speaker system at some point.
Fri 4 May - The Curtin, Melbourne
Thu 10 May - Bloodhound, Brisbane
Fri 11 May - OAF Gallery, Sydney