Part insolent and part sceptical, they remain incredibly vague and absurd in response to all questions: "Why would you like to know how old we are?" (T, on age). "We're very slim, toned, 6ft 4in and a little bit like Jude Law in Alfie" (J, on appearance). They are willing to explain a bit about their backstory: before forming Jungle they were "dilly-dallying" and "making ends meet" as session musicians and songwriters, and they play as a seven-piece live. T and J have been friends since they were nine, for more than 10 years, and were neighbours growing up in west London.Enigmatic UK duo Jungle -- the pair seen in press photos and videos isn't actually them (maybe?) -- released the appealing The Heat EP earlier this year and were recently "longlisted" on BBC's Sound of 2014 poll. If you haven't checked them out, you can stream a few of their tracks below.
"J literally jumped over my garden wall one day with a Pokémon card and asked 'What have you got? I want to trade.' And that's where it started," says T.
"We used to hang out on the wall that joined all our gardens. A lot of us used to - I suppose it was like a micro-community that started happening, and that forms who you are. You always go there after dinner. Get in fights. Rollerblade. When the internet wasn't around, you know?" - [The Guardian]
Jungle will be heading to North America in March for SXSW and will be playing a few other shows while here, including two in NYC: March 8 at Rough Trade and March 9 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets to both shows are on sale now.
All dates are listed, along with streams and videos, below...
Jungle - "The Heat"
Jungle - "Platoon"
Jungle - 2013 Tour Dates
03/08 New York, NY - Rough Trade
03/09 New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
03/10 - 03/16 Austin, TX - SXSW
03/17 Los Angeles - The Echo