White Ape, the English alt-rock band is set to release the double A side single Game Of Soldiers / A Face At The Window on the 18th.
For those who have followed the posts about the quartet over the past year you will find familiar territory, along with a more confrontational stance, which raises the bar to a higher level in this release.
The vocal in Game Of Soldiers is given more space to scratch gravel into the ears, along with an angry guitar you keep expecting to burst into flames. This is a song I can’t help but enjoy as there is a fulminating pent-up frustration, akin to a crowd watching their favourite sports team taking a drubbing whilst being taunted by the opposing fans. Being a Millwall supporter, a mood with which, I can easily empathise.
A Face At The Window finds White Ape heading to a more gothic style, with a voice exploring surprisingly deep baritone notes, whilst simultaneously retaining their signature bouncing tempo and my pick of a release which is well worth adding to the collection.
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It was back in October that the English band – White Ape first appeared on the site. They are releasing a three track single on the 19th – Kick It Down.
Opening with the title track Kick It Down immediately it becomes apparent that White Ape are looking forward to future as the track has a more developmental feel to it, whilst not loosing the traction of previous material. Combining complexities of rhythm with ska the three and a half minutes takes the listener on superb journey of conundrum.
Next is Fighting Fit which takes the audience back into the Lincoln Continental with soft suspension and white-wall tyres. A space in which the quartet have considerable qualities of musicianship as they combine strung out guitars with a foot-tapping tempo.
My pick of the release is Sink in which White Ape, to my ears fuse the darker mood with their familiar dance-step in a track that bursts with energy and acerbity.
This is a release that showcases some new ideas, whilst retaining a connection for established fans. I look forward to the rest of 2015 with White Ape firmly in my ‘must keep in touch with’ list.
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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
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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