The Jungle Giants at Howler (Melbourne)

Having been awfully quiet for the past few months whilst working on album 2, it was a welcome return to the live circuit for The Jungle Giants. With both Melbourne shows selling out, there was definitely a lot of interest around the Brisbane bands’ jaunt around the country in support of newest single, ‘Every Kind Of Way’.

Bearing glitter, sequins and guitar driven psych goodness, main support Moses Gunn Collective brought the vibes with their woozy, dreamlike sound stylings. Catching their latest track ‘Back Into The Womb’ as well as the hook-heavy ‘Shalala’ in a live setting was a definite highlight.

Denim-clad and disheveled as ever, it’d felt like no time had passed as The Jungle Giants frontman Sam Hales eased back into his trademark laid-back, oddball banter. At one stage even praising the ‘very diligent security guards’ as they positioned themselves on stage to deal with the many would-be crowd surfers.

Unashamed party starters, The Jungle Giants had girls on shoulders, raucous sing alongs and the whole crowd moving as they banged through track after track from their back catalog and premiere of long awaited new music. As previewed with latest song ‘Every Kind Of Way’ and it’s spoken word verse glory, the bands’ new musical direction was evident throughout the live debut of two other yet to be released tracks – ‘Kooky Eyes’ and ‘What Do You Think?’

With their direction in the early stages of change, it’s going to be interesting seeing where The Jungle Giants are headed. The energy of their live shows is infectious and personas amusing – but what next?

PHOTOS: The Jungle Giants in Melbourne.

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