When Jungle quietly emerged in 2013, people didn’t know what to make of them. Led by two Brits who carried the anonymous monikers J and T, the group developed a mainstream following more for their quirky music videos, and less for their glossy spin on 1970’s funk. The band’s self-titled debut, while received warmly by critics, went relatively unnoticed at first in mainstream circles compared to their viral videos.
But as the fog surrounding childhood friends Josh Lloyd Watson (J) and Tom McFarland (T) began to dissipate, the duo and their seven-piece band developed a fierce reputation for their live performances. Sold out shows, a gold record, and a Mercury Prize nomination were all quick to follow. “We were shocked by the success of the record,” Watson tells Billboard. “We only really thought we would get to our local club, and that would have been enough for us, but it took us by storm.”
The band recently released sophomore effort, For Ever, via XL Recordings and is currently touring Europe and the U.S. through March 2019.