|One of the most talked about new bands in the country, Jinja Safari, are set to bring their effervescent forest-themed musical japery to venues around the country with November’s Forest Eyes Tour. The band have come a long way in a short space of time, from playing their first ever show in May to courting the national festival circuit – including sets at Splendour In The Grass, Coaster Festival and Big Sound (with more to come over summer) followed by a national tour with Art vs Science and the release of their debut EP.|
The band channels African rhythms, bouncing harmonies, makeshift percussion and an unabashed performance that blends gentle melodic jungle-folk and fiery independent showmanship. If you don’t know how entertaining the concept of allowing yourself to ‘Ugly Dance’ can be, then you haven’t experience the unbridled spectacle of a Jinja Safari show. And you should.
Debuting as dual lead songwriters Marcus Azon & Pepa Knight, ‘Jinja Safari’ settled down late in the summer of 2010 to piece together a series of songs on the Central Coast of NSW. After being asked to play high-profile supports with Miami Horror & Cloud Control, the duo hurried together some close friends to complete the picture: Jacob Borg on drums, Joe Citizen on bass guitar & the percussive and wily character by the name of Alister Pattern (who literally jumped out of the van in Sydney whilst busking up the east coast from Tasmania).
Winning Triple J’s Unearthed competition with less than 10 shows together as a band, Jinja Safari’s first single ‘Peter Pan’ was an instant Triple J & community radio hit, reaching top 10 Australia-wide in the indie airplay charts and garnering radio play in the UK on BBC6.
Forest Eyes – the second single from the ARIA #4 debut EP (physical singles charts) – is a jaunting afro-pop escapist story which captures Jinja Safari in one song: the makeshift craftiness of their production (Most of the ‘drums’ & atmosphere on Forest Eyes is played out on a creaky old chair that Pepa had in his house), jagged guitar melodies and adventure-inspired lyrics, which traverses the boundaries of Jinja Safari’s ‘forest-rock’. A perfect excuse for a 2010 spring tour across Australia to continue the Safari. Don’t miss it.
2010 Tour Dates:
4 Nov The Zoo QLD
5 Nov Fremantle Town Hall WA
6 Nov Jive SA
11 Nov Oxford Art Factory NSW – Buy Tickets Here
12 Nov Northern Star Hotel NSW – Buy Tickets Here
18 Nov Karova Lounge VIC – Buy Tickets Here
19 Nov East Brunswick Club VIC – Buy Tickets Here