Written by Stephen Rae on 20th July, 2012
Sheâ€™s a Riot is just the second EP from Brisbane indie-pop quartet, The Jungle Giants, but despite their freshness, they have asserted themselves as real up-and-comers amidst an ever-growing scene.
Their self-titled EP was a fun and snappy record, full of jangly guitars and catchy melodies in a vein similar to Last Dinosaurs, Millions, and The Holidays (earlier stuff) and theyâ€™ve cleverly continued with that working formula on Sheâ€™s a Riot.
The title track has an irresistible, Nick Valensi-esque guitar line complemented by Sam Hale’s wavering and slightly imperfect vocal delivery, as everything else builds around these key foundations. Donâ€™t Know What Else To Do, on the other hand, delves into a more sombre atmosphere with a hint of desperation to be found within Hale’s cracking vocals but contrasts this with one of the record’s more memorable melodies.
This makes it a little tricky to figure out The Jungle Giants. Their lyrics are bare, fragile and honest, but their music is generally fun and sprightly. Itâ€™s almost as if they canâ€™t resist making upbeat pop tunes whatever the context is, rendering their meanings a bit lost in translation.
However, the EP finishes strongly with the gorgeous Way Back When that builds from a lonely, minimalist guitar passage into a glorious and crashing all-out jam. Itâ€™s easily the most moving moment of the short EP and has the most authentic feel of all the tracks. Closing track Back to the Start recaptures the bandâ€™s cheerful energy and translates that into a straightforward but almighty chorus, certifying The Jungle Giants as a band that may be still finding their feet but are more than capable of producing some top quality in the process.
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