IT HAS It’s been just over four years since rock band Jaggfuzzbeats broke into the Malaysian indie scene with their debut album Rest now in 2017.
The two rockers said the sun who knew each other well before the band even existed.
“We were like a high school boy performing around. He didn’t really fly after high school, “explained frontman and guitarist Azrul Zainal.
He would then move on to form Jaggfuzzbeats with Omar Aiman in 2014.
The duo would then begin to spread their materials around the world through Soundcloud. After three years, they got off Rest now.
“Even in high school, we already had all the songs on our debut album ready. We never found the right time or way to release them then, ”drummer Omar said.
“After we decided to publish it, the feedback exceeded our expectations.”
He said when the band started, it was just for fun.
“Then we just settled,” added Azrul.
Through the latest EP, indie rockers lay bare their testimony of growth and maturity.
In their debut, the sound and lyrics denoted late adolescence and themes, capturing their coming of age and knowing themselves, along with falling in love and falling out of love.
“Subtle change it’s more about carrying the burden of responsibility and dealing with the problems that come with growing up, “explained Azrul.
“Initially, we had the idea that we were ‘angrier’, I guess in a way. We wanted it to be more vibrant with the way we express ourselves. Compared to Rest now, who was pleasant and relaxed, Subtle change it’s more direct. ”
The change is evident when both versions are played back-to-back, with the EP being “heavier” in sound as well.
Working on Subtle change‘s songs started not long after Rest now It was released. Azrul says they probably started playing the songs during the live shows a month after the latter’s release.
Affected by the pandemic
Although the songs for the EP were completed by 2020, the release was more or less postponed due to Covid-19.
“It was supposed to come out in early August last year. But then the whole situation with Covid happened and things in our personal life forced us to step back for a while and really look back. We actually had a full album ready before Subtle change”Revealed Omar.
“It wasn’t supposed to be an EP, but after everything that happened, we felt that some of the songs didn’t fit the situation right now.”
Not only by disrupting the release of the EP, the pandemic forced the Jaggfuzzbeats to look within and examine themselves regarding the music the duo created.
“During Rest now, we could somehow plan when we managed to find money and for us it was mostly live shows, which is where we promote the band the most, “elaborated the drummer.
Eventually, the band had to review what they were doing, thus reconfiguring their mindset in music.
He had to become not so much aligned with making money, but rather doing it because they want and love to do it.
Given the importance of live entertainment for the band, neither Azrul nor Omar know where the current pandemic will lead with regards to the return of live entertainment.
“This gives us time to churn out something with our own means, which we can save for future things. We will continue to do our best and hopefully it will turn into something fruitful in the future, ”Azrul said.