This Brisbane quartet has romanced Australia with their fun indie pop and found their tour footing when they supported Boy and Bear earlier this year. Fresh off their August national tour, The Jungle Giants’ bassist, Andrew Dooris, kindly answered some of our questions.
You all come from Brisbane, what is one thing you love and one thing you hate about your home town?
Brisbane is a quaint and lovable city; it’s like a country town on steroids. One thing I hate about Brisbane, exorbitant public transport. Despite this, I do love Brisbane’s size… nothing is too hard to come by but everyone knows each other. I think it reflects in the laid-back and friendly attitudes of most Brisbanites.
What makes you want to write music?
Writing music is just one of the many ways in which people can have a voice, which I think is important. It’s just a part of life, having ideas that you need to expel or share with others.
Your lyrics talk a lot about love and loss, who’s stories are these? Are they easy to write?
Sam is the key character in the tales of the heart. But the good thing about writing about universal themes like love, or loss, or both, is that most people can relate. So, quickly Sam’s story becomes everyone’s story. I guess that helps in the song writing process as well.
What’s your drink of choice?
Personally, if I’m feeling alcoholic, I’m a beer or scotch kind of guy. If not, I’m a fan of the gentleman’s lemonade or if I need a kick, I drink flat whites or long macchiatos.
Gaytime or Cornetto?
Gaytime, that’s not even a question.
Does anyone in The Jungle Giants have a secret talent?
I would say we all do, but I’m not sure if they’re talents. Cesira can put away a rather obscene amount of food. Sam develops an incredible gift with words whenever in transit. Keelan is a very skilled car-tetris player and trolley stacker. Me? I have the ability to shatter glass and the fabric of space and time when I sneeze. These are just among the few talents The Jungle Giants possess. Watch out world!
How did you come up with your band name?
It was a rather long two-week brainstorming process after we finished recording, in which we were all texting each other with different names whenever they sprang to mind. It’s not really romantic or anything, but The Jungle Giants is the one that stuck.
How would you describe the Jungle Giants’ ‘She’s a Riot’ tour in 5 words?
“This one time on tour…”
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