Coming off the back of a stellar year in 2017, hit music makers The Jungle Giants are reaching for new heights with their Used to be in Love tour and they’re promising fans a night of “dance-y drum fun” while they’re at it. Fionnuala Gray sat down with The Jungle Giants lead singer Sam Hales to talk music, business, and why their upcoming Canberra show is one you can’t miss…
Australian band, The Jungle Giants, are bringing their most recent album, Quiet Ferocity, to stages big and small across the country this April. Riding high on the success of multiple Hottest 100 charters, and an impressive show list last year, the band are looking to wow audiences with a series of shows that promise to be bigger and better than ever before.
Back in 2011, “The Jungles” (as lead singer and guitarist Sam Hales refers to the group) were just a bunch of mates jamming together in Brisbane while at uni. Now, three records and several charting singles later, the band are producing sounds inspired by life and growth. Their tunes still make listeners want to dance, but there’s complexity and layers within the music.
“Every record we’ve released has been pretty different”, said Sam. He described Learn to Exist as a “young kid’s album”, while their second record Speakerzoid was all about fun and experimentation.
Quiet Ferocity is more than that though. It possesses identity and self-assurance. “It [the album] was just like “I’m here, this is what I like”, and it was very sure of itself. That kind of came full swing around to playing live again. Its super easy to play Quiet Ferocity live because it is what it is.”
Sam wrote and produced most of the songs on Quiet Ferocity, so it’s no surprise he’s passionate about independent music. The band has remained independent, and never signed to a label. They’ve built their success from the ground up. The music business, Sam says, is changing, and it’s all thanks to technology.
“You don’t have to sign a record deal to become big or to do what you want to do in music. That doesn’t count any more, it used to, but doesn’t anymore”, he said.
However, The Jungle Giants didn’t quite go it alone. They’ve supported big-name acts like Boy and Bear, Two Door Cinema Club, and English indie rock band The Vaccines. Supporting others helped The Jungle Giants grow as a band, and taught them how to tour and make music on the road. Now they’re hoping to repay the favour. Alice Ivy and Evan Klar are both up-and-coming Australian hit-makers, and will be joining The Jungle Giants during their Used to be in Love tour.
On the topic of the performances, Sam promised bigger and better, like nothing we’ve ever seen at one of the band’s shows before. They were inspired by last year, and are excited for their final run around the country with Quiet Ferocity.
When it comes to the shows, we’ve been asked to bring our dancing shoes of course, and hilariously, our sunglasses too. We’re going to have to shade our eyes from the immense greatness that’s going to unfold on stage…
The Jungle Giants will be playing at the UC Refectory on the 14 April, and tickets are on sale now and selling fast. Get your tickets here.