You know you have dedicated fans when they’ll wait outside, on the street, for you.
Brisbane’s The Jungle Giants brought the house down at The Triffid, like you could only expect at the opening show of their tour, in their home town. The band are on the road for their second tour round with 2015 album ‘Speakerzoid’, on the ‘We Can Work Together’ Tour.
The night opened with three support bands, however, the one who shone was The Lulu Raes. Their crowd engagement was fantastic and had some cracking tunes.
But it was clear the crowd was there for one thing. With a nearly sold-out crowd, The Jungle Giants played a pleasantly surprising mix of their good old stuff from EPs and debut LP, as well as newer tracks from ‘Speakerzoid’.
The night kicked off with ‘What Do You Think’ from the second record, and quickly set the tone for the night. Lead vocalist and guitarist, Sam Hales built the crowd’s momentum early, amping up fans from the get-go. Though it was the old favourites that showed what the crowds were truly about, with ‘Anywhere Else’ and ‘Mr Polite’.
Quirky and cool, and certainly a little flirty with the crowd, Sam’s onstage presence was felt by every person in the room. Throughout the evening, he appeased the crowd with spontaneous flute playing and sculling a beer, after picking on lead guitarist Cesira Aitken mid-gig.
Although as quickly as the epic groovy tunes began, the regretful call came of “this is our last song”, before the foursome had even played everyone’s favourite tracks.
The crowd went silent as the song’s opening riff began, but before they could kick off, out the stage lights went and the band’s instruments fell silent. The jam-packed venue stood still.
A faint alarm could be heard and red lights flashed from the ceiling, and it wasn’t long before it was realised that this wasn’t a drill, nor was it a show stunt. The fire escape doors were opened onto Stratton Street, and just like farm animals, the crowd was herded out of the venue.
Half of the crowd gave up and headed for home, as two fire trucks came blaring into the Newstead side street. By now, the crowds, and the band members, had waited five minutes outside. The crowd was left confused and had no clue whether the band would even continue the gig. Though much to everyone’s relief, after over 15 minutes later the band were allowed re-entry into the building.
No, it wasn’t The Beatles, or One Direction, but homegrown The Jungle Giants, that had a crowd of their fans awaiting them outside the Newstead venue.
Luckily, the eager anticipation and dedication of fans paid off, and the gig was to go on. Sam quickly jumped back onstage after the slightly longer than anticipated encore break, and explained how a small fire did occur onstage. Now on the stage alone, he got his guitar back, and played a beautifully stripped back opening of classic ‘You’ve Got Something’, before the band joined him to finish the song with a bang. Without letting the dwindling crowd numbers get them down, they capped-off the night with bangers ‘I Am What You Want Me To Be’ and newer Triple J favourite ‘Every Kind Of Way’.
Needless to say, these sorts of events show who the true fans are, and without a doubt showcased the professionalism of The Triffid’s staff, and The Jungle Giants’ perseverance for their fans.
The Jungle Giants Set List:
What Do You Think
Together We Can Work Together
She’s A Riot
Somewhat prolonged encore:
You’ve Got Something
I Am What You Want Me To Be
Every Kind Of Way