LIVE REVIEW: The Jungle Giants smash out their biggest show in Perth
Rarely do entire Australian tours sell out, but in the case of The Jungle Giants, this was a self-fulfilled prophecy from the beginning.
One look at Mount Lawley’s Astor Theatre and it’s obvious that the nation can’t get enough of these indie rock bad boys (and gal). From birthing their flawless first record Learn to Exist to producing much more zanier sounds — I’m looking at you, Speakerzoid — The Jungle Giants have undeniably retained their reputation as homegrown legends.
The energetic four-piece were quick to welcome back fans, many of whom had likely attended their previous shows. There’s no denying though that whether you’re a casual listener or die-hard groupie, there’s always something for everyone in the mix. Handpicked from The Jungle Giants’ magnificent discography were timeless hits such as ‘You've Got Something', 'Anywhere Else’ and ‘She’s A Riot’ — which caught on fire and grabbed the globe’s attention years ago.
Since then, the band hasn't strayed far from the radar. Their fearless experimentation has always commanded some serious respect, and Quiet Ferocity is no different. With solid riffs, great percussion and love-torn lyrics tugging at everyone's heartstrings, songs like 'Blinded' and 'Waiting For A Sign' took on a new fiery form to appear during The Jungle Giants' finest moments.
The only setback had nothing to do with the Giants at all. While the likes of Alice Ivy as support seemed like a promising pairing, the audience wasn’t quite as convinced. In theory, triple j favourite ‘Chasing Stars’, ‘Be Friends’ and the hauntingly beautiful track ‘Touch’ had every potential to make for a great set, but it was a struggle to even hear the music properly. Had it not been for the irregularities in sound, her dreamy tunes would have lived up to the night's boundless energy.
I have to admit, highlights such as the futuristic visuals, The Jungle Giants' electrifying encore (ending with colossal banger 'Used To Be In Love') and a crowd-surfing Cesira outweighed the number of times one could possibly be elbowed in the face.
If you were there, I know you feel the way I do.