Jul 23, 2018
2018 AIR AWARDS NOMINEE SPOTLIGHT - THE JUNGLE GIANTS
Sweeping this year's nominations for BEST INDEPENDENT ARTIST, BEST INDEPENDENT ALBUM OR EP AND BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST OF THE YEAR, are The Jungle Giants for Quiet Ferocity.
Listen to The Jungle Giants third studio album Quiet Ferocity and one thing becomes clear: they’ve found their sound.
The band – featuring Sam Hales on vocals/guitar, Cesira Aitken on lead guitar, Andrew Dooris on Bass Guitar/Backing Vocals and Keelan Bijker on drums/trombone – met in Brisbane at Mansfield State High, and since their first performance in 2011, they’ve released two EPs (The Jungle Giants, 2011 and She’s a Riot, 2012) and two studio albums (Learn to Exist, 2013 and Speakerzoid, 2015).
Quiet Ferocity combines the signature melodic arrangements of their first album with the percussion-laden production of their second and catapults them into a sonic stratosphere that is entirely their own sound.
‘After Speakerzoid I didn’t write for a while,’ Sam says. ‘I needed to figure out what I wanted to do. I had to get out of my head. Then one day I was in the pool. It came to me, and I made this conscious decision. I told the band I wanted to make banging indie rock. I wanted to make a strong record that I would be happy to play live.
Quiet Ferocity brims with triumph, enthusiasm and, at times, pain. Recorded and produced entirely themselves, its strength lies in the amalgamation of its members, who have been making music together for so long they feel like family. The album’s title with its massive bass lines that lead into the nostalgic hell-yeah chorus: ‘when we get together/I forget the time’ before right-turning into 3am eyes closed where-are-my-limbs-wait-I-want-to-kiss-you territory.
With over 30 million Spotify streams, shows in LA, New York, Toronto, Austin, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta, not to mention sold-out headline dates and appearances at all major Australian festivals, including a triumphant early evening set to an overflowing tent at Splendour 2016 and the recent 2017 Grooving The Moo where they played to capacity audiences around the country, The Jungle Giants have applied everything they’ve learned and produced an album laced with urgency and energy.
All award winners will be announced this Thursday the 26th at the Queen's Theatre.
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