Review by: Sarah Vardy
Video directed, edited & styled by: Michaela Holmes
Photos courtesy of Artist

The new album Speakerzoid” from Australian, rock-indie darlings The Jungle Giants is attracting critical acclaim from leading music press. This feisty release has so many diverse production elements, with every track sounding impressively different. It’s a hard task for many bands to back up a freaking kicker first album like Learn To Exist (2013). But these Brisbane cool cats have passed the grade with a massive gold star. If you’ve never listened to the track She’s a Riot from that release do it now and join The Jungle Giants’ revolution.

Speakerzoid starts out answering the question to what in the hell is a Speakerzoid. It’s apparent it’s cathartically related to some kind of Cake’esque sound hoedown involving a Theremin, cowbells, thumping bass, bright indie guitars and a catchy little chorus. I’m okay with that! It’s hard not to tap your foot to this tune and swerve yo’ head to the funk from side to side. The soundscape changes throughout the track with the Theremin playing a pivotal role.

The second song from the record Devil’s Play is clearly the very animated lovechild of The Dandy Warhols and Arctic Monkeys. The build-ups are really sweet in this track along with some grade-a percussive elements. There’s a sense of tip toeing around the edges of commitment throughout the album and questioning the merit of being serious about anything whatsoever. Why the hell not? We only live once – have some fun with stuff…seriously. The lyrics ‘I wanna be your toy’ echo this sentiment.

Kooky Eyes is hilarious! Who hasn’t dated someone with crazy eyes who freaks out all your friends? Are crazy girls better in bed? The song is very reminiscent of Beck. The bass and guitar hooks are pretty epic in this one. Lemon Myrtle and What Do You Think follow in the same indie- pop-rock footsteps as Kooky Eyes. All 3 are very appealing, well produced tunes.

The track Mexico is a very short and sweet acoustic interlude from the indie-pop mastery that precedes it. Mexico is super awesome – who wouldn’t like a song about it such as this?! The song that follows Creepy Cool continues the acoustic guitar vibe with an infectious chorus yet again! The indie drums get me every time with the tambourine and snare provoking involuntary tail shaking.

Not Bad kicks in with a hip-hop style drum sample. It’s an interesting, left-of-field break from the rest of the album. A tad reminiscent of fellow indie-rockers Little Red and their more EDM- centric ditties. It Gets Better is in a similar vein to the previous track starting off with beats shortly layered with a stack of other sounds and instruments. There are some nice textural components to the tune. It could be argued that the vocal parts are sometimes mildly Thom Yorkish.

Together We Can Work Together is a staple, indie-rock ballad. The customary claps and tambourine again rear their dance-enticing, unicorn heads. This isn’t a bad thing. Just be warned.

The last track, pre-emptively called Tambourine is actually fairly tripped out. The lyrics are cool with a hook ‘If you don’t feel it then take it slow’. This song is a good both hands in the air, slow hip movement one… maybe after one or several party favours.

If you dig indie music with a little bit extra kookiness in the vein of Oh Mercy or Fly Golden Eagle, Speakerzoid is a fun and hip release that’ll keep you entertained. Respect to these kids out of Brisbane for backing up their last record so amazingly.

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