Jamuel Saxon has a sense of humor for sure, but don’t be fooled by their levity. Somewhere between their high-energy live show and the pseudo-sarcasm of their song titles, there’s a distinct artsy swagger to their style. It’s cautiously upbeat and darkly funny, like what Aphex Twin might play at his daughter’s birthday party.
Formed in 2007 by Keith Milgaten, San Diego’s Jamuel Saxon takes the electronic aesthetic to a wonderfully weird and underpopulated corner of music culture. Simply put, there’s not a whole lot out there that sounds like Jamuel Saxon. A few years of style and lineup tweaks found them with a secure four-man lineup, combining synthetic, techno-centric beats with live instruments (guitar, drums, bass). The product is a subversive twist on dancefloor mentality but mostly, it’s just incredibly fun. (Attempts to describe it only make it less fun)
As enticing as their records are, there’s no substitute for a Jamuel Saxon live show (worth a googling). It’s a totalitarian thwarting of the senses, in the best possible way, highlighted by Milgaten’s flamboyant fashion and theatrics. Maybe it’s vaguely ironic or sarcastic, but Jamuel Saxon is everything but cerebral. It’s the opposite. It’s letting go, it’s dancing like an idiot, it’s really fun.