The Jungle Giants open tour with a bang

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 banIMG_1061d 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.IMG_1065

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

Anywhere Else

Mr Polite

Creepy Cool

Lemon Myrtle

Kooky Eyes

Together We Can Work Together

She’s A Riot

Devil’s Play

Somewhat prolonged encore: 

You’ve Got Something

I Am What You Want Me To Be

Every Kind Of Way

The Temper Trap blow minds at The Triffid

As I am not a die-hard fan of these Melbourne boys, I was a bit dubious about the likelihood of my enjoyment at the gig on Saturday (7 May). I’ve listened to the albums countless times, and find the music great for dinners and hang out sessions, though I definitely couldn’t call myself a fan up until now. As they released recent singles ‘Thick As Thieves’ and ‘Fall Together’ my passion for the evening quickly gained momentum. The Triffid set the perfect scene for The Temper Trap’s anthem sounds, and although their music is definitely suitable for the big stadiums and arenas they’re accustomed to supporting in, the small venue was equally as fantastic, as their sound echoed through the round roof and through to the top balcony.

Melbourne’s Edward R. opened for The Temper Trap, and to my surprise I found myself amazed. The usual “oh god, when will this support act ever end” couldn’t be said, as these guys took the stage with professionalism, undeniable talent and unique charisma. The lead singer had a fabulous stage presence, as I found myself watching him dance around the stage, and I am most definitely looking forward to following them on their musical adventures in the coming years.

After unexpectedly falling in love with the support act, The Temper Trap finally graced the stage, kicking off the night with the new album’s first single ‘Thick As Thieves’. The performance of the song was as equally, if not more, impressive than the recorded version. Following up with classics such as ‘Love Lost’ and ‘Down River’, the band tested out a whole seven unreleased, unheard new tracks off forthcoming album (named after the initial single release).

Each of the new tracks showcased the incredible songwriting and performance talents of the four blokes, and reassured the crowd that we can expect great things from the new record. Dougy Mandagi’s epic vocals left the crowd in awe for the entire set, and truly finished off the night with some welcomed old favourites, including an extended, heart-pumping rendition of lyric-less ‘Drum Song’ and the famous ‘Sweet Disposition’.

Though for the encore things were shaken up, with a live version of their recent Triple J Like a Version, followed by epic new anthem ‘Fall Together’ and crowd-favourite ‘Science Of Fear’. Much to the delight of fans, the final track saw Dougy jump the barrier into the adoring crowd, dragging his mic with him, giving us an up-close-and-personal experience with the lyrical and vocal legend. Though I found myself being a little disappointed that we didn’t get ‘Fader’ anywhere in the list, the entire night was amazing from start to finish, from the passionate crowd to the echoing of Dougy’s outstanding vocals for days to come.

 

 

The Triffid – The Temper Trap set list:

Thick as Thieves
Love Lost
Down River
So Much Sky
Trembling Hands
Summer’s Almost Gone
Burn
Lost
Resurrection
Alive
Drum Song
Sweet Disposition

Encore:

Soldier On
Multi-Love (Like A Version Cover)
Fall Together
Science of Fear