Milton Keynes based, 4-piece indie/alternative rock band, Ali In The Jungle, have been swapping instruments and jumpers in front of live audiences since 2013. “Drunk Generation” is the first single taken from their EP, “Anyway”, out now. People enjoy trying to pin down their genre-hopping sound, which ranges from indie and piano-pop, to jazzy ballads and art-rock.If you’re a fan of Vampire Weekend, Keane and Arctic Monkeys to The Strokes, Oasis and David Bowie, you will understand and Ali In The Jungle will now be on your playlists.
Live, the band is energetic stage performers with an arsenal of catchy choruses and riffs, always retaining their signature sense of wordplay. “Our devious scheme is to kickstart a renaissance in the mainstream, bringing together elements of post-punk revival, jazz/funk/blues, Britpop and progressive-rock.” The band recently supported Beans On Toast just before the virus took hold to the world and the lockdown took effect.
“Drunk Generation” track and video are incredibly fun and upbeat, with the video being described “like a pub version of ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues'”.
The band says of the lockdown homemade video; “Making this video was a lot like making Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope… which is well documented to have been made under remarkably tight restrictions, and was a production which experienced extreme budgetary and scheduling issues. We had a budget of £30, and made the video in lockdown, so just like George Lucas we had to make use of what we had. The only actor was the cinematographer’s hand, as we directed the video over FaceTime, and improvised with some napkins left over from New Year’s, loads of pens which were running out of ink, and the beer in the fridge. The result is hopefully something which encapsulates the feeling of sitting at the bar and getting blind drunk – for all those people who can’t do it at the moment. But I guess people can’t drink in Mos Eisley Cantina either…”.
“It was important for us to make a lyric video that felt real and analogue, rather than animated, as we wanted it to have that raw feel, in order to capture a sense of real place. On top of this we didn’t make thing easy for ourselves, the whole video being a single take. We wanted as much love and detail to go into the simple concept, so we had a lot of fun with the napkins and also made the writing on them reflect the drunken state of the character in the song; the writing becoming less legible, and by the end no longer shows the same lyrics as in the song, adding drama and extra depth. I think the character goes through about 5 pints too.”
You’ll agree, it brings a smile to your face and a spring in your step. Once allowed back in, don’t be surprised to hear this come on in your local pub jukebox and find yourself singing along!