Pave The Jungle
Friday 12th November
Tickets £6 | 19:30
The vehicle for Rachael Whittle’s swaggering, off-kilter yet decidedly arena-sized compositions, Pave The Jungle formed early in 2019 in Newcastle, Northern England.
Soon enlisting drummer & long-term collaborator Scott Jeffery to help realise her revived sonic vision, the pair entered Blank Studios that summer, and by years-end had created a six-track mission statement in debut EP ‘The Hissing’.
Predictably, momentum stalled with the introduction of the first UK Covid-19 lockdown. And just days after a feverishly well-received opening slot for Texan alt rock heavyweights ‘…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead’ – only the band’s third live appearance.
Despite the pandemic grounding live plans, preperations to deliver The Hissing in the second half of 2020 continued. Upon its release in October the EP was met with positive reviews from a respectable selection of press & radio; early adopters of the band including DIY, Punktastic, VISIONS (DE), Amazing Radio, Total Rock Radio & BBC Introducing.
Never enthusiastic about wasting time, Whittle & Jeffery returned to Blank Studios in January 2021 to track their second EP. With engineer Chris McManus at the helm once again, the four tracks were mixed by Tarek Musa (Spring King, The Big Moon, Kagoule) and are scheduled for release later this year.
But before EP2, Pave The Jungle will unleash a string of standalone tracks self-produced during winter lockdown. ‘All You Know’ is the first of these: a visceral, cinematic offering that cuts to the guarded core of Whittle’s disposition as a songwriter.
“You wouldn’t need to know that Pave The Jungle’s frontwoman Rachael Whittle once took part in a mentorship programme with Nadine Shah to connect the dots between the North East musicians; much like her neighbour, Rachael uses the full range of her vocal, her own deep boom echoing the darkness behind her band’s ‘90s-indebted rock. It’s not entirely bleak – ‘Fix’ has a pop sensibility under the layers of expansive guitar – think The Big Moon going through a Siouxsie phase – and best of all, it’s loud.” – DIY MAGAZINE
“As debut EPs go, particularly for a band less than two years old, ‘The Hissing’ is stunning. From the distinctive nature of Whittle’s voice and songwriting, to the technical precision of the musicianship, the skies are the limit. It’s the perfect mix of grunge and punk, melodies and power, atmosphere and ambience. Quite frankly, it’s one of the most exciting EPs of the year. Keep your eyes on Pave The Jungle, before we know it, they’ll be out of our reach.” – PUNKTASTIC
“The alt-rock explosions on this record are almost symphonic and this is a soundtrack to accompany people ready to say a big “fuck you” to anything in their way. There is no compromising their power and its dense alternative armour proves beautifully destructive.” – PODCART