The Jungle Giants
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The Jungle Giants

With The Belligerents and The Young Men Dead




The world of Australian indie-pop is currently a huge market in the music industry. Bands like San Cisco and Last Dinosaurs are riding this wave of booming popularity that seems to be a reaction to the success held by post-Britpop bands like The Strokes and the Arctic Monkeys. Brisbane locals, The Jungle Giants, are relative newcomers to this game and have made themselves well and truly heard in the industry, with two EPs and a great single under their belt. The single in question, ‘I Am What You Want Me to Be’, is the reason The Jungle Giants are hitting up bars around the country, and have earned a set at Splendour In The Grass this year.

Their show at Oh Hello in Brisbane’s infamous Fortitude Valley was exactly what I expected; a high-energy gig in a bar that perfectly suited the vibe that The Jungle Giants exude. The band demonstrated at this gig why they should be heard and not pushed aside as just another indie band.

Fellow Brisbanites The Young Men Dead and The Belligerents definitely held their own at Oh Hello. The Young Men Dead put their very Animal Collective-influenced music on display to a smaller opening crowd and played with obvious instrumental prowess. The Belligerents, a band gaining more and more momentum in the Australian music scene, were incredibly entertaining to watch. Lowis, the lead singer/guitarist, had amazing stage presence, and his dancing was second-to-none. Their dance-pop was just the thing to get the audience dancing and warmed up ready for The Jungle Giants' set.

The band opened with ‘You’ve Got Something’, one of the their more melancholic tunes from their 2012 EP She’s A Riot – a true set opener. The band revved the crowd into action with blaring guitars and piercing crash cymbals.

They then delved into their catalogue of catchy pop tunes such as ‘Mr. Polite’ and ‘No One Needs To Know’ that had the crowd off their feet, bouncing and singing along to the choruses.

Closing the set was their excellent new single ‘I Am What You Want Me to Be’. As catchy as their other tunes, the song shows some more mature and interesting song writing from the band in comparison to some of their earlier work. It will be interesting to hear what the band creates for their upcoming album.

The Jungle Giants are not necessarily pioneers in the indie pop scene, but they are very good at what they do.

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