Words: Laura Weingrill
They say time flies when you’re having fun, and The Jungle Giants’ Brixton gig seems to be no exception as it was over too soon. Or at least, it felt like that.
As band members Sam Hales, Andrew Dooris, Keelan Bijker and Cesira Aitken took to the stage, the hyped-up crowd explode in screams and cheers in anticipation of what they know is going to be an incredible live set. Limbs are loose and smiles are big; everyone seemingly ready to dance through the next one and a half hours of pure Australian indie goodness.
There is no denying that whether you’re a casual listener or die-hard fan, The Jungle Giants have something for everyone. Handpicked from their magnificent discography, the setlist is packed with timeless hits and fan-favourites, such as ‘Feel The Way I Do’, ‘Anywhere Else’ and ‘She’s A Riot’ – which instantly has you leaving the dance floor in flames. But of course, the band don’t want to miss out on the chance of showcasing their amazing transformation throughout the past eight years. They move seamlessly between their classic indie pop-rock moments and their newer, more electronic-based tracks, peaking with the eclectic and infectious, ‘Heavy Hearted’.
The band keep banging out hits throughout the night. As the frontman, Sam Hales particularly stands out on the black, colour-struck stage. From square dancing, to the constant crowd engagement (even letting an ecstatic girl in the crowd play his guitar), he sure knows how to hold the audience in the palm of his hands.
It is this enthusiasm and love from the Australian four-piece which radiates through the room and shines in the eyes of the crowd, that confirms that The Jungle Giants really are the new indie sweethearts. With their fully sold-out second ever show in London and their ability to flawlessly transition from their old rock tunes to indie electronic excellence, they have proved that they are not only here for a good time, but a long one as well.