We’re called Ali In The Jungle for a few reasons. When we formed we were 14-16. Ali was the eldest, and was cooler than the rest of us, so we named the band after him in order to entice him into joining. It would’ve been well awkward if he hadn’t joined! We were also keen to name it after our drummer so as to put him in the limelight, not only because he’s an awesome drummer, but because we love over groups who do this, such as The Beatles and The Arctic Monkeys.
The name additionally comes from a song by The Hours, which is about succeeding against the odds; we thought this was a good mantra to take on.
Our influences are post-punk revival bands such as Franz Ferdinand, The Killers, The Strokes, Interpol, The Arctic Monkeys, but also alternative bands such as Radiohead, Vampire Weekend, and Keane. We draw a lot from these 2000s bands, but other big influences are The Beatles and David Bowie – artists who were like chameleons, always able to change their style on a whim.