As Junior Bill Release Boys From The Jungle, Frontman Rob Nichols Discusses His Music DNA

Cardiff’s Junior Bill release their new single, Boys From The Jungle on January 27. The track is the first song released from their upcoming debut album ‘Youth Club!’ and details the bleak fates of asylum seekers after their arrival in the UK.

The band has been thrilling audiences through the small venues, pubs and festivals of the UK & Ireland since 2013. From teenage beginnings rehearsing in Cathays Youth & Community Centre, they have since self-released a string of EPs, singles and an ambitious, award-winning live concert film called ‘Above Your Station’ in 2017. In the live music scene, they’ve made a lasting impression, opening for Supergrass during their reunion shows after a supporting tour with drummer Danny Goffey, then last year making their debut at Glastonbury Festival.

After airplay on BBC Radio Wales, Adam Walton said that Junior Bill has an “ability to cross pollinate cultures and musical styles but make them entirely their own … they’ve got their own spirit and defiance to them … they’re clearly brilliant”.

Junior Bill frontman and songwriter Rob Nichols reveals his Music DNA choices to Andy Howells.

Tell us about your latest music release?

Boys From Jungle is the first in a run of singles this year. We recorded it with a nice fellow named Josh Tyrrell. Some was done at Rockfield Studios and some at my house. I look forward to hearing what people make of it.

What was the first song that made an impact on you?

Maybe Busted or something like that. What I Go To School For. To be honest that’s not surprising in some ways listening to Boys From Jungle.

What was the first single /download you bought?

Breathe by Sean Paul and Blue Cantrell.

What was the first album you owned?

I think it was Busted, again. Their first one. Still a big fan of course.

What’s your constant go to track?

No such thing. I like Guarda Che Luna by Fred Buscaglione. Look at the Moon, it says.

What’s your constant go to album?

I’ll go for Five Leaves Left by Nick Drake. Less of a constant go to and more of a rare one that I still find joy in after many years.

Who’s your latest music discovery?

Paz En La Tierra by Meridian Brothers.

What’s your own track that best defines you as an artist?

We’ll go for Boys From Jungle

  • You can presave Boys From The Jungle at Distrokid

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