White Ape – Pig’s Head – EP Review

This has been in my in-box since January – my apologies to the English angst-rock band White Ape, Sotones Records and you for the late delivery of a review of EP Pig’s Head which was released on the 4th.

White Ape - Pig's Head

White Ape

Introduced back in 2014 as a Rock ‘n’ Roll outfit White Ape have gradually changed Brothel Creepers to 14 Hole DMs over the years with material of more scathing socio-democratic perspective culminating thus far in an EP which for those who follow the politics of the UK will immediately raise an arm in the air with the title ‘Pig’s Head’, or a scowl of indignation – depending on which side of the fence one brawls –  for those less au-fait – bear with me and it will all become clearer.

Fucking A Dead Pig’s Head the opener to the EP has to be my pick of the release as it reflects of a story surrounding the current Prime Minister of the UK. More than that the track has a wonderful hip sway that will find you skipping around the dance-floor in joyful footstep as strung out guitar slings loops around the room.




The track which raises White Ape above previous material on Pig’s Head is One Of These Days You’re Going To Get Yourself Killed as they play around with variable tempos threading inside one another and discovers previously unearthed compositional abilities.

Next is the immediately provocative anti-State Religion stance of Barabbas with a pulverising percussion that stamps holes in the walls as the bass bustles supporting pillars and the chorus finds the guitar and vocal joining in and inviting the audience for more leverage to bring the architecture tumbling down. How could I not think you should spend more time to listen to the track than read my words.

Closing the four track EP with Believe in which White Ape bring back those footsteps of rock-a-billy which they play so well and the listener finds themselves in shoe-shuffle to a condensed percussion that thumps off the ceiling in cantankerous mood, a track that reminds me of I Just Can’t Be Happy Today by The Damned and therefore an absolute pleasure to hear.

White Ape have been able to deliver a release from which any track could be the pick of the release – to my mind this should be a quadruple A side single, then I would have had a rationale to share every track with you –  I think by now you will spot – even if you are not a regular reader – I am quite fond of the music of White Ape.

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White Ape

White Ape from London in England is the rock ‘n’ roll quartet of Tommy Mack (Vocals), Jim Turner (Guitar), Mike Davies (Bass) and Olly Golding (Drums).

White Ape - Photo by Jess Drummond

White Ape – Photo by Jess Drummond

From which ever angle you approach White Ape – don’t forget your dancing feet as the scintillating reference points of ska, rock-a-billy and Morricone will sweep you on to the dance-floor.


The music cascades around the wall like a pin-ball machine bouncing the ball at obtuse angles and variable speed. The percussion / bass combine to salve the audience in frothing footsteps, whilst the guitar sings of entropy, which scatters the dancers around the room and a vocal pithily espouses of social discord.

White Ape have the ability to extrude the elements of body sway and social context to afford the listener with plenty to keep them busy, be they sedentary or flailing around the room.

A six track EP – Waiting to Say This, which I have had the pleasure of dancing with – is planned for release on the 6th through Sotones Records.

From the EP – the opening track – A Run For Gringo.

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