– by Tasha Mitchell
After successfully winning their way onto the Falls Festival lineup, The Hunting Birds next stop was kicking of their “Burn This House Down” single launch tour around Australia. Starting of their tour last Friday at Jack Rabbit Slims, The Hunting Birds were supported by Hannah Smillie and Wooly Mammoth, two successful up and coming Western Australian acts.
Following in the footsteps of the five WAAPA graduates who form The Hunting Birds, is local Perth band Wooly Mammoth who scored the opportunity to support the band on the first three stops of their tour in WA; Perth, Margaret River & Yallingup.
Drawing influence from the likes of Boy and Bear, Foals, and Big Scary, Wooly Mammoth describe themselves as a “tasty mix of indie, electronic and rock”. The local quartet is made up of Jon Stapleton on lead vocals, keys and guitar; Christian Zappia on lead guitar and vocals; Andrew Eyres on bass and vocals; Josh Wright on drums.
Founded in dynamic lyrics and melodies, the Wooly Mammoth boys have claimed that their aim is to make music that means something and get their listeners to move in their high energy shows. Which is an aim they are definitely carrying through.
The boys delivered an outstanding live performance at Jack Rabbits, playing insightful originals and demonstrating creativity in their versions of “Electric Feel” by MGMT and “Sweet Disposition” by The Temper Trap, which has over 16k views on their Facebook Page. The explorative music of the band and their efficacious energy gathered the crowd onto the dance floor and got them hyped for the main act. Wooly Mammoth as well as Hannah Smillie beautifully complimented the sound of The Hunting Birds.
Only emerging in mid 2016 Wooly Mammoth have already made their mark in Australias music scene. With over 1,000 likes on their Facebook page they have played a great deal of gigs which always receive an overwhelming turn out from their fans. They have supported Perth band The Hunting Birds and even released their first single ‘Running Circles’ last year which came number 5 on the ‘Top 20 WA songs of 2016’.
After the success of last year, a growing fanbase, new music on its way and four talented, charming boys, the band is set for an incredible 2017. Follow them on their social medias and keep a lookout for the big plans of Wooly Mammoth.