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Live Review: The Jungle Giants @ Oh Hello 12.07.2013

The Jungle Giants

When writing numerous music reviews, naturally there are going to be those performances that go unnoticed or unchecked.

That isn’t to say that the gigs are not of a high musical standard, rather it is the cacophony of musical performances that makes it difficult to have a certain gigs break into the conscious thought process. However this was not the case when I attended The Jungle Giants single launch last Friday night at Oh Hello!   

If I do have one regret about attending the show, it would have to be where I chose to position myself. Standing between possibly the two tallest people in the club, the feeling I had was not unlike that of being packed tightly in a sardine can. Yet I know I wasn’t the only person experiencing this, as the club was absolutely jam-packed with people.  

With the whole crowd absolutely electric with anticipation for the performance, one can only imagine how revved up the audience became when the high-energy riffs from “You’ve got something” started up from the bands first song. With an almost overbearing guitar sound and intense crash symbol noises, the set was successfully opened and the level of energy established for the rest of the night.

Continuing on with other catchy indie-pop tracks such as “Mr. Polite” and “No One Needs To Know,” the crowd was roaring and singing at such a volume that could no doubt be heard from down the road. Standing towards the front of the crowd, it was great to witness the die-hard fans absolutely thrashing to the music (a somewhat noteworthy feat considering what type of music it is). 

Lead vocalist and guitarist Sam Hales put on a brilliant show and it was refreshing to see the band actively engaging with the crowd and developing a genuine discourse with some of the audience members. It was obvious that the band members were overly joyed about the night and were very happy with the turnout with Hales saying, “this is incredible thank you all for coming out we never expected this.”

With a roar from the crowd the band launched into their final track with their new single “I Am What You Want Me To Be.” Composed of a number of intricate guitar licks, catchy bass rhythms and differing vocal harmonies, the song displayed a deeper and more well rounded level of song writing compared to their earlier works. 

Despite this genuinely impressive performance, there are those who do not agree with me. The indie-pop scene is nothing new and The Jungle Giants have received some backlash recently about the unoriginality of their music. In some regards these critics are right, what The Jungle Giants do isn’t exactly new or groundbreaking. However it is important to remember that it’s still early days for these guys, and who knows what their upcoming album has in store. All we can do is wait and see how these guys adapt to the changing musical landscape in Australia. 

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