Sticks & Stones Shitty Interview No.112
7 years since their first S&S Shitty Interview (No.15), we had the pleasure of catching up with Australian indie rock 4-piece, The Jungle Giants following the release of their latest offering ‘Treat You Right’, which catalogues the moment you realise you want to stop swiping & settle down.
Channelling the uplifting indie-dance feel of previous singles ‘Heavy Hearted’, ‘Sending Me Ur Loving’ & ‘In Her Eyes’, Treat You Right’ is the fourth single from the bands’ impending album, & was written & produced solely by Sam Hales.
After completing a world tour in early 2020, The Jungle Giants returned to Australia at the same time the pandemic hit, forcing everyone into strict lockdown. For Hales, the timing couldn’t have been better, providing the push he needed to properly go it alone creatively.
“I got the perfect excuse to do everything exactly according to me, & I didn’t seem like a mean person!” Hales laughs. “I could just sit in the studio & play everything myself.”
Being locked away in the studio by himself for weeks on end proved taxing, but also fortuitous, both personally & professionally. It forced Hales to take creative risks, like channelling Timbaland & Ashanti in his ‘90s production style & vocal falsettos. Not only was making this album “really self-affirming” for Hales, it’s also shaping up to be The Jungle Giants’ most successful.
Interview Q’s answered by bass player – Andrew Dooris.
Sticks & Stones: What’s a typical day like for you?
The Jungle Giants: Wake up around 7am, walk the dog, take Ash to work, music.
Sticks & Stones: What’s making you feel happy today?
The Jungle Giants: Today, I feel happy because we have a new sog coming out & we just got the treatment for it. It’s exciting!
Sticks & Stones: Where was the worst gig you’ve ever played?
The Jungle Giants: My worst gig was in Austin, Texas. A combination of high expectations & poor party choices.
Sticks & Stones: What were your first jobs before music?
The Jungle Giants: All, but Cesira worked at McDonald’s. She worked at Doughnut King & a gym.
Sticks & Stones: Quickly sketch each band member, you can’t sketch yourself.
The Jungle Giants: (See lovely illustration)
Sticks & Stones: Who is the parental figure in the band?
The Jungle Giants: I think we all take turns. We’re a lil’ family.
Sticks & Stones: What do y’all fight about the most?
The Jungle Giants: Not much to be honest. The only times we’ve fought have been when too much booze has been consumed & the gremlins come out.
Sticks & Stones: Have any of you ever puked on stage?
The Jungle Giants: No, but there have been other things….
Sticks & Stones: How did lockdown impact your music?
The Jungle Giants: You’ll see I guess.
Sticks & Stones: Give us some shitty advice.
The Jungle Giants: Absolutely do not shoot your shot, you will fail, whatever it is it’s stupid & probably not important & you’re definitely NOT the person who should do it. Also, while you’re at it, get back with your ex.