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Acts Seen:

Imaginary Cities, Boy in a Box, Emma Louise, World’s End Press, Evil Eddie, The Jungle Giants, Little Scout, DZ Deathrays, Jonathan Boulet, San Cisco, Oscar and Martin, The Adults, Eagle and the Worm, Seals

I went into Big Sound Live with one goal – to only see bands I had never seen live before. The thing with this showcase is that it can be so easy to go see the acts you know will be good (Ball Park Music, Velociraptor, The Cairos, The Paper Scissors, Inland Sea etc etc) but for me that seems to kind of defeat the whole purpose. Isn’t the whole idea to help punters discover new local bands and showcase local emerging artists? I mostly succeeded, I had seen a bit of Little Scout earlier this year at Belle and Sebastian and I heard a bit of World’s End Press at Splendour in the Grass but for the most part I saw a lot of acts I had never seen before, or even heard of before.

Highlights:

World’s End Press – I stayed around to catch their whole set and it was well worth it. A genre I can only describe as retro electro, they’re very 80s complete with the loud shirts and bad awesome dancing. Lots of synths and grooving basslines. I compared them to a more subdued !!! (Chk Chk Chk) – well worth seeing again.

Oscar and Martin – I’m still trying to work out how I would describe these guys, because pop or RnB simply don’t cover it. They had two of the most amazing voices I’ve heard in a while and a really unique approach to their music.

Lowlights:

While there weren’t exactly any acts that I would say that I would never see ago, I felt a little let down by Emma Louise. With the amount of hype she’s had over the last couple of months, perhaps I had just set my standards too high. Or maybe it was an off night or a bad venue to see her in or the crowd was just too loud. It could have been anything, but I wasn’t blown away and I’m struggling to even remember anything about her set.

The Venues:

I managed to make it to every venue available for the event – Electric Playground, Bakery Lane, Black Bear Lodge, Ric’s, Tempo Hotel, Woodland, The Aviary and the Zoo.

It was actually my first time to Black Bear Lodge and I was quite impressed! I never thought the atmosphere of the Troubadour (RIP) could be matched, but Black Bear Lodge could even be an improvement. Lots of seating at the back and just generally a more open feel, I’m excited to return to this venue at some point.

Electric Playground was certainly an interesting choice of venue, but it seemed to work out okay. The sound was okay, the stage set up was okay, the scantily clad girls taking drink orders on the floor was a bit out of place but overall it’s an okay small venue. I don’t see it turning into a live music venue full time but it would be interesting to have the odd show here and there.

The only venue I was disappointed in was The Aviary. Absolutely no airflow, and beyond packed both times I went. I swear it was over capacity for Jonathan Boulet judging by the amount of people crammed into the stairwell between The Aviary and Birdees.

The Verdict:

It’s one of those ‘the more acts you see, the more you’ll enjoy it’ kind of events. It’s nice to be able to move around between different venues, and it’s nice to see members of local bands wandering around seeing other acts as well. I felt like I probably enjoyed last year a little bit more, but for the most part this year was very enjoyable and it was great to be able to see some bands I probably wouldn’t have seen otherwise.

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You better get to know about the Jungle Giants quicksmart, because they’ll be showing up more and more on the Brisbane indie radar. I spoke to frontman Sam Hales about the band’s debut EP and their first interstate tour.

The Jungle Giants are still only a relatively new band, having only played your first show late last year. How do you feel about how quickly this has all come together?
It’s been a little bit of a blur, but we are having heaps of fun. It’s a great feeling to be recognised for something we love doing.

Can you walk us through the beginnings of the band – who’s in it and what do you all do?
We all met during high school and formed the band right before graduation. I [Sam] started the band and [am on] Vocals/Rhythm Guitar. Cesira is the lead guitarist. Andrew is the Bassist/Backing Vocalist, and Keelan plays Drums.

You’re about to play some shows interstate for the first time, what are you looking forward to most about playing in different cities?
We’re super excited to see how our music goes down in the other states, we’ve never played anywhere other than Brisbane, so we are looking forward to having a dance with some Sydney-siders and Melbournians.

How has the EP been received since its release?
We’ve been hearing a lot of good things, so we are really glad people are enjoying it.

What was the writing and recording process like it?
The writing process was really simple because Sam wrote the songs a while before the actual recording. Our time in the studio was great, because we were working with a great local producer, Yanto Browning. We only had four days to get it all done though, so there was no time to waste.

Your lead single ‘Mr Polite’ has received a fair bit of attention – can you tell us a bit about the song?
It’s a pretty simple song with some fun melodies and rhythms. It’s about an on-off relationship, but plays with idea in a positive light.

Who have been some of the main influences (musical or non-musical) in forming the sound of the Jungle Giants?
Acts like Two Door Cinema Club and Bon Iver are major influences. Their music and stage presence is amazing, and really inspires us to get better and better.

You’ve already supported some fairly notable bands in your short musical career, what has been the highlight so far?
Our favourite show by far was Track & Field. It was a boutique event that we played at alongside The Belligerents, Ball Park Music and Last Dinosaurs. It sold-out and was absolutely mental.

Are you looking forward to playing the Big Sound Conference later this year? Will you have anything special in store for us?
We definitely are! We are super excited to present ourselves in a in such a wicked setting. We have a few new songs and some other special things prepared. Will have to wait and see!

What does the future hold for the Jungle Giants?
A stack of great shows, with some sweet bands. We are also hopefully getting back on the road for another tour later in the year.

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