Giants out to start a Riot

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE ’N’ LOUD -

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

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