Fighting fit and in fervent form, Pave The Jungle are back with their vital new single Picture of Health. Mixed by Spring King / Dead Nature maestro Tarek Musa, it’s a single that finds the Newcastle duo’s creativity in rude health and packing an unstoppable punch. The band are an alternative rock duo from Newcastle. Formed in 2019 by guitarist/singer Rachael Whittle with the addition of drummer and long-term collaborator Scott Jeffery later that year, they spoke with The Fountain about the new music and their upcoming tour.

TF: You have a new single out, what has the reception been like to Picture of Health?

The reaction to the track amongst our modest following and with press has been very positive. We’ve noticed steadily growing interest in the month since release and even enjoyed our first ever national radio play on BBC 6Music!

TF: And can you sum up the track in one sentence? 

Melancholia spliced with cautious optimism and a sprinkling of redemption.

TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, do I note some live shows?

Correct! We’re off on a 12 date UK tour throughout November – to coincide with the release of our second EP Waiting For Nothing. Plus a few one-off shows here and there. Excited is an understatement. More info at pavethejungle.com

TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?

The funny thing is, we’ve only managed to play 4 gigs so far (due to you-know-what). The very first of those was at Sage Gateshead, which was an absolute treat. It’s not often bands like ours get to play in purpose-built venues.

As for where we’re most looking forward to visiting on tour – everywhere! But that may be a bit of a cop out, so let’s go with Gullivers, Manchester on November 18th. We used to live around there and that place was a favourite haunt – so we’re very excited to revisit. Something about that city!