Jungle sets Vancouver’s soul on fire

Jungle and Houses at The Vogue 03/09/19

Photo by Ben Hartley Majoram

The dark clouds over Vancouver lifted, the sun shone, patio beers clinked on Granville St and fans high on vitamin D (and perhaps some other things) poured into the Vogue Theatre. Jungle and guests, Houses, brought funk, passion and some much needed soul to Vancouver on Saturday night.

Jungle | Photo by Ben Hartley-Majoram

Dexter Tortoriello and Megan Messina of Houses got the night started with their chillwave-y tunes – getting fans warmed up for what would be a night of non-stop dancing. As more beers were poured, the crowd swelled, the lights dimmed and the anticipation grew. Then, the seven members of Jungle assumed their positions and insanity ensued.

Jungle has taken a few years to form into the soul collective that it is today. Founded by London lads Tom McFarland and Josh Lloyd-Watson, Jungle has grown from just these two old friends to what is today. They are currently touring their most recent album For Ever which came out in September of 2018. The album is much more American inspired and speaks to their lives in California with songs such as “House in LA.”

To have seven band mates be so tight, honed in and perfect in their execution, is mind-blowing to see live. The complexities in For Ever and their self titled album Jungle are seemingly impossible to recreate live but somehow they do it and it is even better than recorded. The band itself is strong and fairly silent when it comes to their stage presence and banter. They are controlled, focused and channel all their energy into delivering a high octane show that you physically must dance to.

Jungle | Photo by Ben Hartley-Majoram

The crowd went absolutely ballistic. Jungle played hit after hit from “ Happy Man” to “Casio” and “Lemonade Lake.” After they played their last song, said their goodbyes and walked off the stage, there was no way this funk-hungry crowd was letting them go that easy. Everyone yelled for an encore until the group sauntered back on stage. McFarland tried to say thanks but the love from the fans took over and everyone clapped, yelled and cheered for them until the band just stood there looking humbled and taken aback by the adoration that erupted from the crowd.

Jungle @ Vogue
Photo by Ben Hartley Majoram

Buzzing fans slipped out into the night feeling bewildered as to what they had just seen. Jungle is a force of a nature and it took Vancouver by storm.