- What inspired the name of the band and what are your influences?
We used to get all fucked up and blast Stones songs, and somewhere in one of those blackout jam sessions someone said “do a gagger!”, which turned turned into someone else saying “Mick Jagger”, which became “Mick’s Gagger” and then finally landed on “Mick’s Jaguar”. Also, we saw some dude in LA who has MIKSJAG on his license plate. If he’s out there, please sell us your car.
- What inspired the formation of such a diverse group of musicians?
New York City is a melting pot – you can have a Taco Bell, a KFC, and a Dunkin Donuts all in the same restaurant. That’s like us – we all come from different worlds outside of the band but we share a love of rock n fucking roll. Also, we drink at the same bars, so that probably helps.
- What themes are explored on the album and why?
The glory and pain of city life, the wisdom of age and the folly of youth. The booze, drugs, long days and fast nights of 21st century life. We play metropolitan homesick blues to get the noise out of our heads. Fighting ones own demons, whether they be of the illicit kind, other people, or God and the Devil and their dueling seductions. Murder fantasies, escapist reality. Our singer was drinking chocolate milkshakes spiked with a country ton of Allen’s Coffee Brandy while he wrote most of these lyrics, so he was in a dark place, and went to the hospital after doing his vocal session.
- How do you think the scene has changed since you started?
There is almost no more rock n roll in Manhattan. You’ll hear from venues say that they don’t have anything in the rock n roll world booked for the foreseeable future. It’s all bands that could soundtrack a J.Crew commercial. Even Brooklyn is tough, there are a handful of cool small DIY venues booking kickass stuff, but it’s certainly not the rock n roll paradise its been several times over the last few decades. There’s a lot of washed up cheesedick rockers who should probably just move to LA and hang out on Sunset, and then there’s a lot of young bands doing really interesting stuff, a lot of metal and some punk, but not a ton of hard rock n roll.
- What plans do you have for the future?
Drink more Allen’s Coffee Brandy milkshakes. We’re going to be doing some east coast shows this fall, then a west coast run late in the year or early 2019. Working on the second record now, it’s about half-written, and we’re going to demo it in November. We really want to get to Europe. We have a lot of people hitting us up on Instagram asking us to come over to Europe, so we may just have to.