Georgie & The Jaws

In early 2015, the Australian singer-songwriter Georgie Fisher needed a band with which to record an album. She searched the city of Berlin, after months of consideration she handpicked these four musicians to come together to record. The recording would eventually become Georgie’s full length 2015 release ‘Big City Howl’. The album was recorded live in three days at Paul-Lincke Studios in Berlin. Its raw folk and soul elements are crowned by Georgie’s smoky voice.

After the album’s release, the band could have gone their separate ways, but it turned out everyone kind of liked each other, so they decided to keep making music together. What started as a one off venture has turned into an ongoing collaborative project. A year and a half later, their sound has changed somewhat. It’s influenced more each day by soul and hip hop, they love vintage instruments, tube amps, and analogue equipment. Armed with the tools of the sixties and seventies, they create a fresh sound that accompanies Georgie’s smoky voice naturally. It’s a combination of the old and the new and it fits like a hand in a glove.

The Jaws consists of Harry Charles (NZ) on guitar, Tomàs Peralta (CHL) on bass, Armin Hempel (DE) on keys, and Jens Baumann (DE) on drums. Between them they are an international bunch which makes for a mix of musical backgrounds both in terms of influence and education. Among the band members are both classical and jazz education backgrounds, respective influences include seventies stoner rock, Motown soul, traditional Latin music, reggae, and swag hip hop. It’s elements from these genres that truly inform the unique sound of Georgie and The Jaws.

Early 2016 saw a hiatus of a few months for the band, now they’ve come together again to write a new album. They will be back in the studio in 2017.

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Harry Charles
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  Tomàs Peralta

 

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Armin Hemple
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  Jens Baumann

 

Harry Charles grew up in Christchurch, New Zealand, in a musical family. He naturally picked up a guitar at an early age, learning the basics from his parents and eventually becoming self taught. At the age of 21, Harry got on a plane from New Zealand to Berlin. Since then he’s played in several bands and toured Europe, the Middle East, and South Africa. His influences include Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Timber Timbre, Patrick Watson, Kora, and Fat Freddys drop.

Armin Hempel started his musical career playing pipe organ in a small protestant church. Once, during an Easter service, he fell asleep and missed his cue. That was the impetus for him to seek inspiration from the music of the devil. Soon he realised that funk, soul, and jazz was where it’s at. He has since taught himself piano and now owns both a Rhodes and a Wurlitzer. His influences include Medeski Martin & Wood, Brad Mehldau, Massive Attack, and Portishead.

Tomás Peralta started as a classical musician at the age of eight. He studied composition, conducting, harpsichord, guitar, and bass. He has studied music in Chile, Argentina, The Netherlands, and Germany. After sixteen years at university, he got bored and moved to North Korea where he won a ping pong championship, before eventually settling in Berlin. He’s been working as a freelance bass player since 2009. His influences include Serge Gainsbourg, Medeski Martin & Wood, Carole Kaye, James Jamerson, and Justin Meldal-Johnsen.

Jens Baumann started learning the drums at the age of 14, in his home town of Dortmund. He played in jazz bands for a few years before moving to Essen to study jazz drums at the conservatory. During his studies, he played with several bands and toured around Europe and South East Asia. After completing his diploma, he decided he didn’t really like jazz anymore, and became more interested in soul and pop music. He moved to Berlin in 2010 and has played and toured with various bands since then. His influences include Bill Withers, Al Green, The Band, Tom Waits, and Dr. John.

 

Photography by Pete Riley