ONE NIGHT ONLY: Apr 28 2019
In the wake of the much-anticipated release of their second album For Ever, neo-soul gurus Jungle announce a return to Antipodean stages in April 2019.
Kicking off in Auckland and winding up in Melbourne, the tour will cement the London-based outfits reputation as a seven-headed Hydra capable of producing a smooth, vivid and uniquely modern menagerie. Showcasing tracks from their Mercury Prize nominated debut record as well as future classics from the sun-drenched new release, Jungle will bring with them a fearsome live reputation simply described by DIY magazine as “spectacular”.
As the brainchild of production and multi-instrumentalist duo Josh “J” Lloyd-Watson and Tom “T” McFarland, Jungle was never intended for the bright lights. Originally conceived as a bedroom project, the twosome were as surprised as anyone when their eclectic modern-soul noodling began racing through the veins of a hungry music community.
Releasing their debut self-titled effort in 2014, tracks like ‘Platoon’, ‘The Heat’ and the ubiquitous ‘Busy Earnin’’ began to infiltrate playlists worldwide and saw them thrust onto stages and TV sets respectively. The harmonious combination of deep bass, propulsive mid-tempo groves and falsetto vocals seemed to light a fire under the feet of global audiences and before long, Jungle was sitting in the upper echelons of charts in the UK, US, Europe and (of course) New Zealand and Australia.
As two straight years of touring the planet began to wind down in 2016, Watson and McFarland decided that a change of scenery was Jungle’s best next move. Upping stumps in grey London and hitching a ride to sunny Los Angeles, the duo got to work on what would become For Ever.
Over time, however, the sun-kissed romanticism of the Californian lifestyle gave way to the realities of living within it. Personal relationships began to fall apart, and cabin fever set it. Decamping back to the UK, work was finished on what they describe as a "post-apocalyptic radio station playing break up songs”.
“Buy yourself a dream” Watson croons in lead single ‘Happy Man’, and although it seems that he had a hard to doing just that in America, the blue skies, eternal sunshine and altered reality of La La Land permeates For Ever.
Recent triple j Feature Album showed off tracks like ‘House in LA’, ‘Heavy’, ‘California’ and ‘Cherry’ (as well as their spectacular video clips) as deep, expansive and intimate hooks. Look forward to these remarkable glowing sounds when brought to life via Jungle’s perfectly executed live show.
English funk collective Jungle are bringing ‘the heat’ back to Australia, serving up a night of soulful bliss in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne this April.
Fellow Brit, Georgia, will add a twist of electro-pop into the mix, joining the seven-piece on the road in both Australia and back home in the UK. Taking inspiration from the likes of M.I.A. and Micahu, Georgia broke on to the scene with a self-titled debut album in 2015, sporting her very own brand of unmistakably British underground pop. Her most recent tracks, ‘Feel It’, ‘Mellow’ featuring Shygirl and ‘Started Out’ are shining examples of Georgia’s thrilling pop lyricism combined with her natural flair and distinctive sound.
Led by childhood chums Josh “J” Lloyd-Watson and Tom “T” McFarland, Jungle began to infiltrate playlists worldwide in 2014 with tracks like ‘Busy Earnin’’ and ‘The Heat’ climbing up the charts. Four years on from the release of their stand out self-titled debut album, Jungle made their seamless return to the airwaves with For Ever, debuting in Australia as triple j’s Feature Album of the Week.
Still maintaining their signature soul-funk flavour, packed with falsettos and psychedelic grooves, Jungle have expanded their sound with lyrical layers exploring emotion-drenched themes of real love and loss. Inspired by swapping London for LA in the pursuit of love and life experience, ‘Heavy, California’ was the first of many For Ever tracks to make an impact, reaching televisions around the world with striking live performances on The Ellen Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Jungle’s triumphant return to Australian stages with special guest Georgia will be nothing short of spectacular. Tickets are on sale now in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.