Giants out to start a Riot
FTER being on the road for more than two months,supporting Boy & Bear at 30 soldout shows, The Jungle Giants are packing up the tour van for their first headlining tour to celebrate the release of their forthcoming EP, She’s A Riot.
Despite never playing a show before their debut EP last year, what started out as ‘‘a few close friends’’ has transformed into a legion of fans.
The members of The Jungle Giants – lead singer Sam Hales, guitarist Cesira Aitken, bassist Andrew Dooris and drummer Keelan Bijker – will come to Elsewhere Bar next month to play songs from She’s A Riot.
Front man Hales says the band is really excited about the tour after finishing up supporting Boy & Bear which he says was ‘‘life changing’’.
‘‘We are all massive fans of the band and have followed them since they first put their songs up on Unearthed,’’ says Hales.
‘‘We just learnt so much on that tour and matured as musicians and it was great to get advice from the band.
‘‘Sometimes before or after shows, we’d sit and jam with them and they would give me advice on my works in progress which was really helpful. ‘‘We also had wicked parties.’’ The latest EP She’s a Riot was something Hales says the band is really ‘‘proud of’’.
The collection of songs were put together over the past 12 months, drawing on Hales’ experiences throughout life, his adventures and woes of love.
‘‘I think the new songs are a lot more mature,’’ he says. ‘‘There are a lot of my own life stories in there, a few good, a few bad relationships.
‘‘It’s really cool to put all those feelings and emotions into songs. ‘‘It’s definitely a kind of release.’’ Hales plans a lot more writing after the tour ends and says he hopes to go on a writing trip.
‘‘I just want to spend a week in an old house and see what comes out,’’ he says.
‘‘I want to write a bunch of new songs and plan more tours in the future.’’
Indie band Toucan will open for them on tour.
Jungle Giants play Elsewhere on August 17. Tickets are on sale via Oztix.
The Jungle Giants head out on their first headline tour to promote new EP