Mercury Prize: Jungle Gear
Continuing our look at the gear used by the 2014 Mercury Music Award finalists
For the next part of the series looking at the gear favoured by the Mercury Music Award finalists, we focus on London-based modern soul collective Jungle.
It must be said, this hasn’t been the easiest article to write, for no other reason than the band favour a more anonymous approach to music than most, hiding behind pseudonyms and fake names. As a result, we’ve had to make a best-guess in a number of areas, drawn from various Youtube videos and review articles.
It is however welcome to write an article looking at something different from yet-another-indie-guitar-band. Jungle, you see, have a wonderfully unique sound which evokes the best bits of 1970s style funk and soul, adding in some modern sensibilities to create something cool in its own right.
Looking at their Wikipedia page, the band’s style is described as “tropical percussion, wildlife noises, falsetto yelps, psychedelic washes and badoinking bass”. Safe to say there’s no Ibanez or ESP in sight here…
Any funk/soul track worth its salt is founded on a strong, consistent bass sound. We’ve found pictorial evidence that the band favour Gibson’s inimitable Thunderbird bass, although whether this is for aesthetic or tonal reasons is unclear. Its level of “badoink” is also regrettably unconfirmed. Regardless of that, the Epiphone Thunderbird Classic is a quality instrument, in the same glorious snow-white finish as used by Jungle, but without the four-figure price tag.
Guitar-wise, the band seem to favour an all-Fender line up, taking in various iterations of Jaguar and Telecasters fed through various Fender amps, including the Hot Rod Deluxe. Guaranteed using this setup the band can rely on sparkling cleans and just a touch of valve breakup if they push the amp, perfect for artists where guitar isn’t the sole driver of tone.
Finally, somewhat differently, we need to highlight the importance of an instrument so humble you’d almost forget its place in the history of recorded music; the shaker. This pleases us greatly – it’s not every day we get to use a picture of some green egg-shakers in a blog post. These Stagg Egg Shakers will fit your percussive bill perfectly.