Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Ali In The Jungle.
METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:
ALI IN THE JUNGLE: Combining sharp wit with raw supercharged piano, indie rock, progressive and post-punk revival styles, we’ve been swapping instruments, genres, and jumpers in front of live audiences since 2013, and have released our debut EP ‘Anyway’ this year!
METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?
ALI IN THE JUNGLE: The Beatles, Radiohead, Keane, Vampire Weekend, David Bowie, Franz Ferdinand, Kanye West, Lou Reed.
METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?
ALI IN THE JUNGLE: Our debut EP ‘Anyway’ which is an upbeat mix of styles, from post-punk to indie, glam to progressive rock, blues to acoustic ballads. There’s something for every one, but all based around our homegrown mixture of upbeat music with loads of solos, bass lines, serious themes, and lots and lots of word play and banterous lyrics. There’s many sides to our sound and what we do, which is why the EP is such a mixture, and hopefully will surprise you.
We’ve also recently released a video for our track ‘Drunk Generation’. We filmed it in lockdown; critics have dubbed it as a ‘DIY (Drink It Yourself) Subterranean Homesick Blues’.
Watch ‘Drunk Generation’:
METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?
ALI IN THE JUNGLE: Expect loads of energy. Sam and Chris are rabid on their instruments, while Ali’s an absolute athlete on the drums. Tim isn’t limited to the piano either, he’ll dance on his piano stool, and striptease the audience as he removes layers of stripy jumpers, til there’s only one jumper remaining. We recently supported popular ‘drunk folk’ artist Beans On Toast in our hometown. Experience our set:
METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?
ALI IN THE JUNGLE: Five years is a long time! Hopefully by then we’ll be a headline act touring our ‘tricky third album’. But I expect that’s what most bands would say. I think if we’re enjoying it in five years time as much as we are now, I would absolutely love that, and to be enjoying it with all the new fans we’ve gained along the way.