Jungle Closed Out Capital One House’s SXSW Stay At Antone’s The Hypnotic Groove Of This U.K. Act Brought Disco Grooves To SXSW
AUSTIN, TX- During SXSW, Capital One hosted a series of musical showcases and discussion panels at the venerable Austin blues establishment, Antone’s. The musical line-up for this year (its fifth) was particularly on point with some very big names headlining each of the four evenings including Bishop Briggs, Chvrches and St. Paul & The Broken Bones, with some terrific rising and local talent to boot. For Capital One House’s last evening in SXSW, Antone’s hosted one of the U.K.’s funkiest indie electronic bands: Jungle.
What was originally an electronic duo of Josh Llyoyd-Watson and Tom McFarland back in early 2010s, Jungle takes their live performances to the next level. With a full band that can be as large as 7 members, the sonics of Jungle’s live shows are second to none. Disco grooves with funky bass-lines engulf you in a hypnotic pulse as the male and female vocalists sing anthemic hooks that get all club kids busting moves like it was the 70s.
Jungle released their sophomore album, For Ever, last year, and their performance at this gig consisted mostly of their newer songs with a few from their self-titled debut.
The line to get into the venue was by far one of the largest I had seen at SXSW. Clearly, music lovers wanted to end their day getting down and funky with Jungle. Amidst heavily backlit lighting, their music turned the venerable blues club into a setting that ravers and disco-kids would have loved.
Because the stage production was particularly dark, it was hard to actually see what was going on on stage, but at the end of the day, those in the room weren’t necessarily there to look at the stage. They were there to get lost in the music, and let their bodies become possessed with the groove. As I made my way to the back of the club from where I was at the front, I noticed that most of the dancing bodies had closed eyes. They were letting Jungle’s groove take them where it may, and that, in my humble opinion, is probably the best way to appreciate their live sound.
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