After a massive 2013 which included dropping their debut Album, Brisbane boys The Jungle Giants are gearing up for an even bigger 2014. After kicking it off with some Big Day Out shows the fellas announced they’ll be bringing their ‘Tuss Tour’ to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth over March April and May. We had a chat with Bassist Andrew Dooris about Thrift Shop, haters and mean girls.
So you guys gave us your debut album Learn to Exist in August last year, have you been happy with the reception?
Yeah it’s been pretty good, it’s always nerve racking working on something then putting it out there, and it was our first full album as opposed to an EP so it was scary but I’ve been pleased. Overall it’s been positive
Last year you toured with two door cinema club, but actually ranked above them in the 2012 hottest 100. That’s gotta feel pretty good?
<Laughs> Yeah I’d say that had more to do with Geography than anything, they were really nice guys and a lot of fun to tour with. That tour was an awesome experience for the band, and Two Door are such an amazing live act so it’s kind of inspiring to see that from the sideline I guess.
How’d you feel about thrift shop winning that year?
Thrift Shop has a lot of haters but I’m a fan, I think it’s a pretty well constructed song about something that’s very accessible. It’s got a cool beat and I’m pretty cheap and shop at Op Shops regularly so anything that makes being cheap cool I’m a fan of. I think the better something is the more hate it gets sometimes, and that song was huge so it’s obviously going to get more haters but as long as the love outweighs the hate I guess you’ll be doing alright. Some people on the internet and stuff are vicious with their hatred of some songs.
Do you guys have any hardcore haters?
Ah not really, we’ve had hecklers occasionally and we have received one or two facebook messages that were less than nice but we’ve probably been lucky <laughs> Maybe we’re too small just yet to have really hardcore haters.
So what’s the dynamic of the band, who’s the brains, who’s the muscle, who’s the looks and who’s the wildcard?
Ah wow, I’d say I would probably be the brains, not because I’m superiorly intelligent but I kind of worry a lot, more than the other guys. Sam is definitely the wildcard, he’s pretty spontaneous and you never really know what he’s gonna do next. It works in his favour on stage I guess. I don’t know about the other guys.
Excited about the South by South West festival in a few weeks?
Yeah really excited, these things are kind of like a big high school and every band is like one insecure teenage girl trying to become popular. All the bigger bands like Foster the People are the bitchy queen bees who are just already there
Like the mean girls of the festival
Yeah exactly and we’re all just whoring ourselves out for a chance at being popular. I make it sound really horrible but realistically it will probably be really fun. A few Aussies are coming over too like 360 and Chet Faker so we’ll hang at the Aussie BBQ.
Have a snag and a VB tinnie for us, thanks for your time.
Tickets for the ‘Tuss Tour’ are currently on sale, The Jungle Giants will be in Sydney on March 28th straight off the back of SXSW in Houston texas.
Arising from the Ashes of The Sunsleepers is the project Sans, who have just released their debut track ‘Bluebird’.
Armed to the hilt with catchy jangly guitar riffs, this poppy number is a fast paced happy 3 and half minute adventure for the ears. The double female vocals is a particular highlight, and is sure to earn many fans. This track just worked for us, get on board.
Wednesday night we caught two super exciting emerging bands at the iconic Oxford Art Factory.
Kicking us off was the low-fi pop rock musings of Little May. Having released two of my favourite tracks last year in ‘Hide’ and ‘Boardwalks’, and been suitably been rewarded with a spot on the Laneway Festival line-up, it was great to see these girls (and guy) continuing on to better things. Word has clearly got around because these guys had packed house from the outset.They played a tight set, showing off their brooding indie pop, and dropping their impending next single ‘Mexico’ towards the end of the set to great reception.
Mikhail Paskalev hit the stage opening with a nice solo folk infused number called ‘Susie’, before inviting the rest of his band out to get stuff going. ‘I Spy’ was the crowd favourite and had rightly drawn the numbers to the gig, but boy does Mikhail and his band have talent. From slide guitars, to horns and some super tight drumming these guys put on a show with a range of upbeat pop tracks to slow rock ballad numbers. Not even some slight technical mishaps with the acoustic guitar could stop the guys. With his album just being released in Australia, Mikhail Paskalev showed he was no one trick pony, and the album would definitely be worth the investment.
Straight away you think Grouplove, or even Third Eye Blind. Far less Californian than both, but the upbeat nature of the grit pop and lyrically heavy track will at least make you think about earl nineties pop rockers (or present day genre revivers.) Twin Beast’s latest offering Sweet Marie is a simple bop along kind of pop number sang through the view point of an obsessed peeping tom. The backing vocals, which are mostly oo’s and aah’s really help to keep the track light, and the chorus of “Oh sweet Marie, you had me beggin’ on my knees” doesn’t take many listens to seep into your brain. It’s acoustic guitar pop with a little attitude, and makes for a stellar second single from the new album Badlove.
JP Klipspringer is the solo project of Melburnian Jack Poulson, with ‘Bury Me’ the second follow-up single to debut ‘Bring You Home’.
JP Klipspringer makes tunes that are so fraught with emotion, that are actually haunting. ‘Bury Me’ is a prime example, as the slow pace, delicately articulated vocals, and use of subtle hand claps, combine to create a sound that is eerily entertaining. And then just to top it all off the sudden drop of all sound bar the vocals at the end – it gets me. I somehow synchronously love this song and am scared by its depth of feeling at the same time. Take away message: JP Klipspringer can create incredible music.
At 21 years of age, singer songwriter Nyne has emerged onto the music scene with debut single ‘Never Change’.
Nyne is one of those musicians that will really appeal to lovers of James Blake, Oliver Tank, etc. especially those with a preference to female vocals. Her slow brooding indie electro tunes are full of explosive emotion that really connects with you, adding this extra heaviness to her music. A new member on the scene, keep your eyes on Nyne.