PREMIERE: The Jungle Giants share creepy new visuals for ‘Bad Dream’
Having released what is arguably their best album yet this year in Quiet Ferocity, and a consequent sold out tour across the country, THE JUNGLE GIANTS aren’t wrapping things up anytime soon with the band now sharing their brand new visuals for their song, ‘Bad Dream’. A stand-out track on the album, ‘Bad Dream’ features psych pop and funky grooves, complete with an infectious falsetto hook courtesy of frontman Sam Hales, and it serves as a perfect example of the new and experimental side of the band we’ve not heard before. Doubling down on that experimentation, the band have linked up with Berlin-based Schall & Schnabel to produce this new clip, and the results will stick with you for days to come.
Featuring a man swathed in blue and pink neon lights, the clip uses visual editing techniques to create a constantly moving, changing video the captures everything from some metallic-gloved hands creeping all over him, to facial twitches, uncomfortable pushing and pulling and more. As the song progresses, the bizarre clip warps and develops, picking up the pace and plunging deeper into a colourful yet creepy scene out of a captivating dream. I wouldn’t go as far to say it’s nightmarish, as there is something utterly hypnotic about the way these glitched out images move in sync with the song, somehow drawing you in further and further, but it certainly does its job in creating a sense of discomfort, much like a ‘Bad Dream’ would.
‘Bad Dream’ and its accompanying video are another snapshot into the fully-realised sound that The Jungle Giants are now working with. Going from indie-pop singalongs to dance-floor fillers, they’ve worked hard to hone this sound into something that sounds completely theirs, and now they have the creative freedom that comes with that to work with companies like Schall & Schnabel to do some really impressive things. Frontman Hales attributed this change in sound to his newfound approach of creating the album as a “9-5 thing”, opting to work on it for set hours at a time, and the results really speak for themselves.
With a stellar set under their belt at Brisbane’s Valley Fiesta just gone, and Falls Festival appearances still to come for the summer ahead, The Jungle Giants are really making their mark on 2017, not just from their fantastic album, Quiet Ferocity, but from their impressive live show that has developed into one of the best in the country at the moment. We’re just hoping there’s plenty more where this came from.
Falls Festival tour dates:
Thu, 28 December – Sun, 31 December | Falls Festival, Lorne
Fri, 29 December – Sun, 31 December | Falls Festival, Marion Bay
Sun, 31 December – Tues, 2 January | Falls Festival, Byron Bay
Sat, 6 January – Sun, 7 January | Falls Festival, Fremantle
Words by Emma Jones