When you get a chance to meet Jane N’The Jungle, or maybe when you read about them here your first thought might be well,which one is Jane? The band is Jordan on vocals and the occasional rhythm guitar, Brian on lead, Leah on Bass and Tommy on drums, but no “Jane” right? Well I wouldn’t go that far yet. Was there really a Ziggy Stardust, or a Pink Floyd? Much like David Bowie had an onstage persona in that stage of his career, when Jordan sings or steps on stage she IS Jane. Even if you know her personally and may have even spoken to her before she takes the stage you can clearly see the differentiation between who she is when she works the stage and the crowd and who she is in everyday life. When I watch them perform it is very clear that she feels every bit of the music she sings. And the rest of the band, well their chops speak for themselves. Brian can go from subtle to shred in the blink of an eye and clearly has a blast performing. Leah brings just the perfect bass tone and a voice that effortlessly compliments Jordan on many songs, while the most recent addition, Tommy is a solid force behind the kit. Not only are Jane N The Jungle a solid band, but they are a band that truly cares about and works to be a part of the community. You can catch them playing charity shows across town to support local causes, and they even have plans to perform and support our troops not only here but across the country if they can. Lets all now learn a little more about Jane N The Jungle
Jane N’The Jungle! Thanks for being a part of the Local Lowdown. Let’s get things started and find out how you came together as a band.
J: We met through mutual High School friends who all agreed that we needed to collaborate. Our friend Kelly begged and forced Brian with violence to try and form a band with me. At that time he was a “retired” musician and had no desire to ever pluck a guitar string again. He agreed to try and collaborate after attending one of my acoustic shows. A couple years later we met Leah through or drummer at the time. Tommy joined us just recently to finish out the lineup.
Each of you name some influences on your voice or instrument, and a short reason why.
J: Brandi Carlile, Alanis Morissette, and Florence Welch (Florence & the Machine) because they are all great and powerful singers along with being real and raw storytellers.
B: Steven Jenkins of Third Eye Blind, James Aiha from Smashing Pumpkins, and Mark Kendall of Great White because not only are they good at songwriting but they understand what the song needs as a guitar player
L: Norm Stockton, Alanis Morrisette, and Superchick. they are all skilled in very different ways and are strong songwriters.
T: John Coltrane, Steve Jordan, and Ringo Starr because they inspire with their philosophy in life that translates through into their music.
Tell me something about the band that nobody knows…until now.
J: That our favorite holiday is Lollapalooza! We’ve been attending the festival for years. I have a second house across from the festival in Grant Park which makes it easier. While attending the festival for the first time I had a dream that one day we would be able to play on the Bud Light stage. After our Lollapalooza experience is when Brian and I knew that we wanted to commit ourselves to a career in music. (Editors note: I was able to book them for my fundraiser, Ball-a-Palooza, I know..not the same but it has the word Palooza in it, small steps…)
What was the worst or most embarrassing on stage occurrence for the band or one of you personally.
J: Hard Rock Cafe 2013, When Brian couldn’t make an audition at the last minute and I had to perform to a crowded room while being judged to a song with a drummer and bass player, neither of which knew the song. I had to basically sing a Capella with terrifying notes ringing in the background. I cried while singing the last note and ran off stage humiliated.
Pretend each of you has never met and you can start over with ANY musician you choose. Who is it?
Brian would collaborate with Seal because he’s so poetic and dreamy. Jordan would with Taylor Swift because they share the same birthday and she thinks Taylors cats are cool. Tommy would collaborate with Paul McCartney, hands down.
On to songs, each of you tell me your favorite song of all time.
J: Isreal Kamakawiwo’ole “Somewhere over the Rainbow” B: “Story of My Life” by Social Distortion
What song do you WISH you had written?
Jordan wishes she had wrote the musical score for Les Miserables, and Brian does too, and Leah agrees as well. Tommy wishes he wrote Cats.
Now name your favorite song by a LOCAL band
Brian’s is Blue Collar Suicide by The Refreshments, Jordan’s is The Middle by Jimmy Eat World.
Before we get on to local questions, It bears mentioning that JNTJ were recently able to open for Lacey Sturm, formerly of the band Flyleaf. Its always great to see local talent considered and showcased when larger acts come through town. I’ve included a picture from that evening at Pub Rock in Scottsdale.
What is your favorite place to perform locally, and why?
B: I like to play at Pho Cao because they have good food, and if you don’t like the music you can get the Pho Caooooout. 🙂
J: I like playing Crescent Ballroom because it’s my favorite place to drink a drink and dance a dance.
Some bands are considered live bands, do you feel you sound better live or on your recorded works?
We strive to excel at both recording and live performance through two very different experiences but no matter what we try to connect with our listeners by staying true to the emotion of the story and song.
Ok, give me 3 local bands that our readers need to see our hear.
Dirt Moon, Painted Bones and…Jane N’The Jungle. Because why wouldn’t you put your own band on the list, right? But in all seriousness we support all local music and feel really grateful to be a part of the scene here in Arizona. There is so much talent here!
Give me ONE word to describe the local music scene.
If you could change one thing about the local scene, what would it be?
Scratching our heads on that one. Ask us again at a live show!
Now is your chance to shamelessly promote. What is coming up for you and where?
Well we are really excited for our Music Video premiere show for “Shake Me Out” on Saturday May 28th at Shady Park in Tempe. It runs from 9pm-Midnight and we are happy to have both We, Beloved and Korbe In the Moment performing at the show with us as well. (Details Below) and we would love to give special thanks to Rachael Smith, Brian Kuban and everyone else involved in the process of making the video. We will also be touring Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and San Diego and meeting up with Painted Bones for the LA and SD shows. We will also be finishing our album this summer and hope to release it in the fall along with another music video.
Final Thoughts, Anything Goes!
We have an endless summer of shows scheduled so please come and check us out. We also have some exciting opportunities on the horizon that we hope to share soon. Thank you to everyone that has and continues to support Jane N’The Jungle. It has always been a dream of ours to create inspiring music that people can relate and connect to.
I again want to thank my good friends in Jane N’The Jungle for taking the time to answer these questions and help promote local music. I also look forward to hitting the road with them for a few days in Los Angeles and San Diego! As always I’ve included information about upcoming shows for the featured band, along with links to see or hear the band in action. Till next week, keep rocking my friends.
Video Release Show!
Live at Rogue Bar in 2015