In May the Australian indie band APES will be releasing their début LP Stranger Than Strangers.
APES – Filter – artwork
In advance of the album – Filter – which was itself released as a single on the 10th is a track that highlights their signature sound of deeply packed bass-lines combined with a more roomy top layer giving APES the ability to deliver music which is rich in tapestry.
As is often the case some of those in the chart are no longer playing – but I would like to thank all musicians, whether sending me through material or ever being featured for doing what you do and making the world a better place.
The Australian indie band APES released the single If You Want It on the 14th.
APES – If You Want It
Initially featured in 2014 APES have undergone a transition in sound, from heavy rock riffs, via blues influences to an indie-light output, in a track that diffuses the guitar to a backdrop for the template rather than the point of fulcrum.
Everything has been toned down with the voice becoming the focus of attention. It will be interesting to see if this is their new direction of travel or part of a continuing exploration in their sound. An LP, which is scheduled for early 2017 on which If You Want It is set to appear will perhaps shed further light.
The Australian alt-rock band Apes were introduced last year.
Apes – Dimension – artwork
Their most recent release, the single, Dimension, which was released on the 2nd finds Apes in a more blues-rock mood. The pace is slowed and gruffly ballooning guitars sweep across the room to be accompanied by a bass kick that must have necessitated the drum-kit to have been anchored to the floor. The vocal, that pitches well above the rumbling accompaniment, adds a sonic contrast to the track and the three minute opportunity to play air-drums adds much to the day.
Apes from Ballarat in Australia is the alt-rock quartet of Ben Dowd (Vocals / Guitar), James Toohey (Guitar / Vocals), Sam Reale (Bass / Vocals) and Rowan M.T (Drums).
The two guitars enable Apes to take garage rock on a melodious ride, while still retaining the scratchy grit, leaving the listener in sublime humour. The music immediately impresses for its inclusiveness and quality of composition, of equal import the quartet is able to take the concept and deliver an aural feast of joy.
A rumbustious percussion beats its way into the synapses, whilst a fulminating bass rumbles around the walls as the guitars score the story-line as a vocal whirls its way around the ears and the end result is music you just want to turn up louder.
Whilst creating tracks which have a user friendliness to them, at a more basal level there is a rawness, which brings the pieces alive. With a strong presence in the local environment they are gaining wider appeal – and a UK tour which begins on the 1st October, should see Apes expand their reach exponentially.