Jungle return with two brand new modern psychedelic anthem
Happy Man & House In LA available now
Towards the end of 2013 Jungle burst onto the scene with their first two singles: "The Heat" and "Platoon". Appearing out of nowhere and propelled by feverish word of mouth online and IRL, Jungle would transform over the next few years from an anonymous production duo to a kaleidoscopic, personality-filled seven piece live band built around the core duo of Josh Lloyd-Watson and Tom McFarland, whose debut album (2014's self-titled "Jungle") was one of the year's defining debut records.
On 8th May Jungle returned with a set of new songs, each showcasing a very different side of their sound. AA sided single cuts "Happy Man" and "House In LA" are the first tracks to be revealed from Jungle's forthcoming second album which was recorded in London; J and T describe it as "a post-apocalyptic radio station playing break up songs.” If Jungle’s first album was their imaginary soundtrack to the places they had never been, their new record captures the landscapes they had so often dreamed of. To write and record the new album, J and T swapped Shepherds Bush for the Hollywood Hills. Their romanticization of The California Dream clashed with the reality of living it—although the experience led them back home to London to finish the album, the journey itself ultimately defining the music it produced.
Watch the "Happy Man" video HERE - directed by JFC Worldwide.
Download / Stream "Happy Man" HERE
Watch the "House In LA" video HERE - directed by Charlie Di Placido.
Download / Stream "House In LA" HERE
"Happy Man" sees the band visiting themes of disenfranchised youth in an era where the dreams of the Baby Boomers are out of reach for a younger generation (lyrical terrain previously explored in Jungle's crossover anthem "Busy Earnin"). It's accompanied by a stunning video that, for the first time ever, gives you a glimpse inside Jungle's world by introducing the band and new Jungle member Zangi who can be seen dancing in the video.
"House In LA" is a complete 180 handbrake turn from "Happy Man". It finds the band holed up in the hills of Los Angeles, choppers whirring in the background, heartbroken, regrouping and soul searching (“I feel alive in the sunlight / All my fears are only real life…two whole years on a re-write / tell my friends I’m gonna be right there…”). And from that a modern psychedelic anthem emerges that is Jungle's finest production moment to date, making full use of the armoury of live sounds they developed touring the world over the previous five years.
Available Friday, June 22 “Happy Man / House In LA” limited edition 12” double A side. Pre-order HERE.
Meanwhile, following recent appearances at Coachella, Jungle are currently out on a European headline tour. They have also announced more UK and European dates plus the band will return to North America in June for a run of further headline shows around an appearance at Bonnaroo. The full set of dates are below, with full details available via http://www.junglejunglejungle.com/
UK + Europe Tour Dates
Saturday, May 19 Art Rock Festival Saint-Brieuc
Sunday, May 20 Le Trianon Paris
Monday, May 21 La Laiterie Strasbourg
Tuesday, May 22 Le Transbordeur Lyon
Sunday, May 27 World Island Leeds, UK
Friday, June 8 Terminal West Atlanta, GA
Saturday, June 9 Saturn Birmingham, AL
Sunday, June 10 Bonnaroo Manchester, TN
Tuesday, June 12 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH
Wednesday, June 13 Mr Smalls Pittsburgh, PA
Thursday, June 14 Beachland Music Hall Cleveland, OH
Friday, June 15 Danforth Music Hall Toronto, ON
Sunday, June 17 Royale Boston, MA
Monday, June 18 Brooklyn Steel Brooklyn, NY
UK + Europe
Friday, June 22 Hurricane Festival Germany
Saturday, June 23 Southside Festival Germany
Sunday, June 24 Solidays Paris, FR
Friday, June 29 OpenAir St. Galen, AG
Sunday, July 1 Down The Rabbit Hole Netherlands
Friday, July 6 Main Square Festival Arras, FR
Saturday, July 7 Eurockéennes Festival France
Thursday, July 12 Les Georges Festival Switzerland
Saturday, July 14 Bilbao BBK Live Spain
Thursday, July 19 Musik i Lejet Festival Denmark
Friday, July 20 Pori Jazz Festival Finland
Friday, August 10 Grape Festival Slovakia
Thursday, August 16 Paredes de Coura Fest. Portugal
Saturday, August 18 Pukkelpop Belgium
Sunday, August 19 La Route du Rock France
Saturday, September 1 Electric Picnic Ireland