by Josh Levi
Dan Johanning is known to many as the axe-wielding teddy bear of adrenaline-driven punks the Disappeared. He remains a huge advocate of St. Louis' original calling card: Rhythm & Blues. In addition to his numerous bands, Johanning has found time to channel his long-time love for funk and soul into the Jungle Fire. Featuring members of the Disappeared, the Chill Dawgs, and Bricklayer, the Jungle Fire's varied pedigree exhibits a diverse crew of music lovers.
In the vein of the Isleys' smooth-as-milk soul and the trademark funk of the Meters, the Jungle Fire put a rambunctious spin on the roots of River City rhythm. Having already recorded a two-song demo, the Jungle Fire continues to write songs, with plans to have its upcoming EP The New Blood released by Spring 2012.
In an attempt to rally likeminded funkophiles with a passion for brass, the Jungle Fire is reaching out to the general public in a search to find a fitting horn section. Auditions are now open for trumpet players, trombonists and everyone in between -- Johanning and company want to see how low in the pocket you can go.
For those interested, please contact: dan DOT johanning AT gmail.com. Feel the speakeasy sway of "Carol Ann" to see if you have what it takes: