Valley Fiesta 2011. First time I saw The Jungle Giants live.
I was living in Queensland working with Brisbane Festival, when one of my Spiegeltent colleagues raved about this young band of awesome local-Brisbane musos that I just had to check out. That band was The Jungle Giants and their wicked catchy tunes swiftly reached high-rotation on my iPhone. Just a few weeks later I was project managing Valley Fiesta for Strut N Fret when they hit the Brunswick St Main Stage & wow.. do they crank!
Flash forward to Splendour last year & I was fortunate enough to hang out with the band whilst camping/drinking buddies with Andy (The Belligerents) & his crew; such friendly, down-to-earth peeps with mad skills who obviously love what they do, so when I heard The Jungle Giants were down in Melbourne last weekend, I just had to be there & get one of our shooters along.
With amazing live energy and performance/stagecraft, The Jungle Giants blew away the sold-out Corner Hotel and left me wanting to know just one thing.. Do they feed you Skittles & Red Bull before each show, Andrew? 😀
The Jungle Giants are currently on their ‘I Am What You Want Me To Be’ single tour with 2 more shows this weekend in Brisbane (Friday 12th July – Oh Hello!) and Sydney (Saturday 13th July – The Standard).
Crank this shit loud, check out our pics from The Corner Hotel below & get your ass down to a show.. you will not be disappointed!
Brisbane (Friday 12th July – Oh Hello!)
With The Belligerents, Young Men Dead
Sydney (Saturday 13th July – The Standard).
With Bloods, Bec And Ben
Hot & Delicious images shot live at The Corner Hotel (Melbourne) by Dan Soderstrom
For more of Dan Soderstrom’s amazing images head to Söderstream
Hit The Jungle Giants up on thejunglegiants.com
“I’ve finally come to terms with the fact that I’m a white guy who sings soul music” – Sun Rai (Rai Thistlethwayte).
Where’s Rai been of late? LA.. that’s where baby! Yep, that’s right.. under the moniker of Sun Rai, Thirsty Merc frontman Rai Thistlethwayte is now living in California and embarking on the next stage of his career.
Blossoming from the cocoon like the butterfly of re-invention Sun Rai’s first foray into the international market is ‘Pocket Music’. This collaboration with Aaron Sterling (Regina Spektor, John Mayer) sees Rai return to the piano (his first love) and a handful of beautiful, uplifting pop/soul jams which he is currently showcasing around America on a national USA tour.
With the release of launch single ‘San Francisco Street’ I fell in love with Sun Rai’s latest sound and I for one am looking forward to jetting back to California to see him perform live in L.A.
“I’d love for people to be able to take this with them and want to hear it over and over again,” Rai concludes. “And, if it happens to help someone on their journey in life, that would be truly amazing.”
Yes sir.. this EP made my week & I’m excited to share it with all of you..
Alt J launch Aussie entrepreneurs’ global SOUNDHALO technology that’s set to change the world of live music!
Soundhalo’s exclusive, amazing first footage has to be seen to be believed.
Alt J live from London’s Brixton Academy:
2 music-loving Aussie entrepreneurs with big dreams & balls of steel are taking on the world… live music as we know it, has changed forever!
Overnight in London, British rock quartet Alt J launched the beta version of Soundhalo at a live concert at the UK’s world-renown O2 Brixton Academy. Soundhalo’s ground-breaking technology allows music-lovers to “download and share artist-endorsed live gigs in an instant” with “mind blowing quality anytime, anywhere.”
The Soundhalo technical production team capture high-quality live audio and video content of the world’s largest international acts, then deliver it to your smartphone SOUNDHALO App in an instant… as.. it.. happens…
No more annoying phones in your face at festivals & gigs.. drunk, high or sober.. soundhalo captures the moment.. your moment.. and makes it available for immediate download in both audio and video format, then can be synced across all your devices.
Soundhalo is a wicked concept born of an idea by Baz Palmer’s (Hunters & Collectors) 22-year-old son, Declan, who imagined “capturing in real time, a band’s live performance” in “that intense, insane magical moment that only live music can muster”. When Baz met Soundhalo Co-Founder & CEO Liza Boston through a mutual friend over a boozy music biz lunch, they instantly built a rapport with a shared passion for music/technology and Baz knew he’d found the person to work with to bring a rock-star’s dream into reality. After untold hours putting teams together, countless meetings & planning sessions, traveling the globe collecting frequent flyer miles and testing, testing, testing… it’s here..
When asked for his thoughts, Gus Unger-Hamilton from Alt-J said: “I think the future of music and technology as an artist, and looking at how artists and fans interact, is really exciting. Artistic output no longer has to be be dictated by the things it used to be. It used to be how much music can you fit on a vinyl record? And how long is a video cassette? Now that no longer has to be the case.”
So all you Android users get on it! You can be the first people on the planet to use this game-changing technology! Go to soundhalo.com to download the app. iPhone won’t be far behind with an iOS version due in the coming months.
And in the wise words of my mate Liza…. Rock on! Aroooooooooooooooo! 😀