Our favourite indie-pop legends, The Jungle Giants took over The Governor Hindmarsh on Saturday night and delivered a high energy show filled with crowd surfing and stage diving. The Brisbane four-piece have had a huge 2015 and sure have made a ton of new fans over the past twelve months with the release of their second album and an international tour. The group was joined by pop-rock group, The Lulu Raes, former guitarist and vocalist for The Preatures, Gideon Bensen and experimental electro-rock artist, Machine Age.
I walked into The Gov moments before Machine Age had come on stage with a huge crowd already forming around the stage. His set was completely unconventional, with delicate guitar work playing over the top of glitchy, drum loops that were seamlessly strung together. His recent offering, Don't Look was a crowd favourite, with ghostly vocals over the top of tight, brooding production and soaring guitar riffs. He had a very dark, industrial sound that was completely unique, but felt slightly out of place amongst the rest of the line-up.
Next up was Gideon Bensen who recently departed as the guitarist and vocalist from The Preatures. He captivated the crowd with smooth and sleekly vocals and immediately reminded me of Michael Jackson with hints of 80's pop sneaking in. He played tracks off his first solo release, Cold Cold Heart which he shared that he would not plug the EP, which he was selling at the merch desk, because it wasn’t his show. The crowd was hooked on his infectious, electrifying tracks as he brought polished pop sound with elements of edgier new-wave rock.
Sydney four-piece, The Lulu Raes brought a stunning funky, indie-rock, which could not have been more disco if they got into a rocket and flew to the moon. The group brought bright, upbeat melodies which had inspired a singalong with members of the crowd realising that they knew the words to the song since the group had gained high rotation on Triple J. The Lulu Raes had the best banter of the night with their infectious weirdness and saying "look we have made it," because one of the guitarist took a bathroom break during the middle of the set. A highlight of the set was their huge 2015 single, Burnout, with dreamy vocals, slinky keys and dynamic, disco guitar riffs.
Finally, The Jungle Giants came on stage and from the get go, delivered a high energy, electrifying set. It was only a few moments into opening track, What Do You Think, with members of the crowd were already on other people’s shoulders, crowd surfing and 150% having a good time. The giants played tracks off their 2015 second album, Speakerzoid, alongside original tracks such as Anywhere Else and Mr Polite. The group expressed overwhelming gratitude for the crowd, as they danced and sang along to every word, with lead singer, Sam Hales constantly saying, "Thank you, we needed this."
Kooky Eyes, Creep Cool and She's A Riot proved to be ultimate highlights with their bright guitars and sunny vocals. We were transported back with closing track, I Am What You Want Me To Be, with Hales getting the entire crowd to crouch to the ground and stay there before getting everyone to jump up and dance with the chorus. The crowd chanted for The Jungle Giants to come back on stage, with Hales running back on stage shouting, "I guess we can play a few more songs," and went on to play You've Got Something and Every Kind Of Way. Once again, The Jungle Giants brought an amazing live show filled with so much exhilarating energy that inspired the entire crowd to dance and singalong.
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