It may not be a name that’s instantly recognisable outside England, but Jungle has quite the following thanks to the band’s unique slant within the contemporary music mix. In the whirlwind of modern anthems, the throwback sounds of Jungle make it seem like they recently emerged from a time capsule sealed in the third quarter of the 20th century.
Despite their apparent pre-90s vintage, this soul/ funk collective was formed in early 2013 by friends-since childhood Josh Lloyd-Watson and Tom McFarland. Growing up in London, they never strayed far from each other, even becoming bandmates in several musical ensembles.
Their synergy and passion for their shared lyrical pursuit soon led to the birth of Jungle. The duo – who go by J and T – strive to create music that looks and sounds good. Their music videos are a joy to perceive, enriched with mesmerising dancing and theatrics that pair effortlessly with the soothing yet catchy vocals and beats – alluding nicely to the nostalgic feel of the 70s and 80s and winning over a legion of fans.
Their song, Busy Earnin’, is a particular crowd favourite, materialising in video games such as Forza Horizon 2 and Tales from the Borderlands, as well as TV series including Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Superstore. The band itself is a hot item too, gracing iconic talk shows Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Later… with Jools Holland with their live performances.
Live In KL
“Hi guys, we’re really happy to announce a whole bunch of new live dates. We’re very excited to get back out on the road again. If you’re lucky we’ll have some new treats ready for you all to hear too,” reads a 4 October 2017 post on the band’s official Facebook page, accompanying a short video detailing venues and dates.
Smack in the middle of this tour list, which features an extensive roster of worldwide locations, is none other than Kuala Lumpur! Brought in by Upfront Arena, the English stars are set to provide a night to remember in the heart of the city.
Local fans are in for an amazing show; Jungle is also regarded as an excellent live band, with a natural flair of taking the audience to euphoric heights of enjoyment.
Upfront Arena Presents Jungle
WHERE KL Live, 20, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
WHEN 7pm (18 Nov)
TEL 03 7880 7999