Brissie band The Jungle Giants have been on fast-forward ever since the band formed in their first year of uni, only two years ago! In those two years they have released two EPs, toured with Two Door Cinema Club, among others, had a song included in 2012's Triple J's Hottest 100, played Splendour in the Grass, and, most recently, released their debut album, Learn To Exist.
Andrew from The Jungle Giants has put together a jamming TGIF Mixtape, and has been kind enough to answer a few questions we threw his way.
Thanks! We started off like most bands do; a bunch of scruffy, likeminded friends who wanted to get all their musical ju-ju out.
TUL: Your debut album Learn To Exist dropped just a few months back. Have you guys been stoked with how it's been received?
There was a lot of build up to releasing this album, which definitely gets the anxiety flowing. So it's been especially heart-warming and relieving for things to have gone so well. I think I speak for everyone when I say we're all very grateful for the support, and we just want to use it for bigger and better things.
TUL: You've just announced a string of tour dates. Surely this is the best part of being in a band/making music?
Well, I love it, but it really depends; no one wants to play a Wednesday night set in the middle of nowhere to the venue manager and maybe the in-house sound guy, providing he hasn't gone on his smoko!
TUL: Where's your pick of the best live music venue in Brisbane?
Personally, I can't look past the Tivoli. It's just a really beautiful room – it's intimate, it sounds good and it holds a lot of people. In saying that, The Zoo's great as well, not to mention sweaty clubs like Alhambra, which can be way too much fun.
TUL: What's one of the weirdest things you've seen at one of your gigs?
Probably people play fighting each other with wizard sticks (a kind of drinking game, just Google it) in a jumping castle at a Melbourne Uni end of semester. It was 11 in the morning.
TUL: Musically, who are your biggest influences?
There are too many musicians out there to have static influences. We all go through phases and influences change from day to day, for instance, yesterday Sam was smashing Bill Withers and today it's Radiohead.
TUL: What pub/bar/club do you consider your local haunt?
Wherever bands I like are playing, or friends I know are djing or promoting. However I do frequent the Friends Club night, which has just moved to Alhambra on a Friday – it fills most of these criteria.
TUL: Which restaurant/café does the best breakfast?
We found this amazing café in Adelaide that destroyed us when we went down for Spin Off Festival, it's called Bar 9. On dark mornings, I seriously consider flying there. (Have you not seen our list of Brisbane's Best Breakfasts?!)
TUL: Where do you take your special someone on date night?
Food is very important for me, so I generally will spend some time looking for a great recipe and try to nail the cooking, and from there everything is negotiable.
TUL: What is your most played song in iTunes?
Time After Time – Chet Baker, probably an indicator of how much of a cheeseball I can be.
TUL: What's a song you really like, but are too embarrassed to play in front of friends?
I feel comfortable playing almost anything in front of my friends, and I think they feel the same. There are such things as guilty pleasures, but there's no trial or sentence with friends.
TUL: Thanks heaps for your time answering these questions, and curating our Friday Mixtape next week.
Treat your ears to this curated mixtape by The Jungle Giants.
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