...Brunson, whose easy voice carries a trace of Ozzy's reedy timbre yet often gives in to an airy falsetto, brings a newfound levity that allows the band to loosen up and give in to their best and most organ-ic melodies.
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Washington, DC (PRWEB) February 9, 2008
Apes have confirmed 2008 tour dates in support of Ghost Games, which will be released on February 19, 2008 through Gypsy Eyes. More dates and details will be announced shortly including the west coast and SXSW.
Apes have scheduled a special performance to coincide with the Ghost Games release for their hometown of Washington, DC on Friday, February 29 at Black Cat (mainstage).
Opening the evening will be an electrifying electronic dance set by the inimitable Kid Congo Powers of The Cramps/Gun Club/Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds fame - a consummate entertainer and legendary musician who should require no introduction. Stepping away, momentarily, from his usual rock band setup, solo Kid will be man and machines...beats and noise plus guitar.
Apes' fourth full-length album, Ghost Games, is the follow up to Baba's Mountain (Birdman, 2005) and is the first album to feature vocalist, Breck Brunson. The first focus track is "Beat of the Double," which can be heard streaming at http://www.myspace.com/apes and downloaded as a MP3 at http://theapes.com/audio/Apes_-_Beat_of_the_Double.mp3
When Apes' former singer, Paul Weil, left the band in 2005 to start a family after six years, three EPs, three full-length albums, and hundreds of legendary live shows, Apes found themselves scrambling for a replacement. Bassist Erick Jackson and keyboardist Amanda Kleinman met fellow visual artist Breck Brunson at a party in their hometown of Washington, DC, and - on nothing more than a hunch - asked him to come out to drummer Jeff Schmid's house the very next day to play music.
By the end of that first jam session, Apes knew they had found their man. Always an eclectic group - coming from varied musical backgrounds and tastes ranging from 60's and 70's rock, pop and psych to 80's hardcore to Providence noise to reggae to hip-hop - Apes found a singer with a similarly wide range of music interests, along with the vocal flexibility and willingness to experiment in order to make it all work. Furthering the mind-meld, Breck shared Apes' strong conviction that a powerful visual aesthetic, far from being an after-thought to the music, should inspire its creation and support its performance. Fans were treated to the new line up when Apes joined Liars, with seven brand new songs, during the summer of 2006.
Since the release of their last album, Apes have toured with punk legends, The Slits, Liars, Deerhunter, plus played dates with Spankrock, Klaxons and DMBQ.
"Psych/sludge rockers the Apes have been a fixture on the local scene since 1999 and have gone through a handful of personnel changes, but the current lineup has been delivering some of the group's best performances to date." - WASHINGTONPOST.com
"...Brunson, whose easy voice carries a trace of Ozzy's reedy timbre yet often gives in to an airy falsetto, brings a newfound levity that allows the band to loosen up and give in to their best and most organ-ic melodies. "Beat Of The Double" is, therefore, the best song of the Apes' already formidable career." - PAPERTHINWALLS.com
"Beat of the Double" will have new schoolers and art-rock enthusiasts all riled up." - XLR8R
APES TOUR DATES
Tue Feb 12 Purchase, NY @ Purchase College State Univ. of NY (w. Sole)
Wed Feb 13 Philadelphia, PA @ Silk City (w. Gang)
Thur Feb 14 New York, NY @ Cake Shop (w. These Are Powers, Ex Models, Mixel Pixel)
Fri Feb 15 Boston, MA @ Harper's Ferry (w. Sole, Telephone Jim Jesus)
Sat Feb 16 Providence @ The Living Room (w. Sole, Telephone Jim Jesus)
Sun Feb 17 Burlington, VT @ Monkey Bar
Mon Feb 18 TBA
Tues Feb 19 Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar
Wed Feb 20 Buffalo, NY @ Soundlab
Thur Feb 21 Detroit, MI @ Scrummage University
Fri Feb 22 Chicago, IL @ Abbey Pub (w. Sole, Telephone Jim Jesus)
Sat Feb 23 Columbus, OH @ Bourbon Street
Fri Feb 29 Washington, DC @ Black Cat - Album release show (w. Kid Congo Powers)
Fri March 7 Richmond, VA @ The Camel (w. Amoeba Men, An Albatross)
Sat March 8 Raleigh, NC @ Downtown Center (w. An Albatross)
Sun March 9 Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern (w. An Albatross)
Mon March 10 Athens, GA @ The Caledonia Lounge (w. An Albatross)
Tue March 11 Chattanooga, TN @ JJ's Bohemian (w. An Albatross)
Wed March 12 Mobile, AL @ The Blind Mule (w. An Albatross)
Thur, March 13 Houston, TX @ Mink Backroom (w. An Albatross)
Fri March 14 SXSW /Austin, TX @ Panache Showcase
Sat March 15 SXSW / Austin, TX @ TBA
Sun March 16 SXSW / Austin, TX @ Beerland (Panache daytime party)
Sun March 16 Denton, TX @ Rubbergloves (w. An Albatross)
Mon March 17 Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar w. Old Time Relijun
Tue March 18 St. Louis, MO @ 2 Cents Plain (w. An Albatross)
Wed March 19 Minneapolis, MN @ The Uptown Club (w. An Albatross)
Thur March 20 Chicago @ Beat Kitchen (w. An Albatross)
Fri March 21 Akron, OH @ Musica
Sat March 22 Wilkes Barr, PA @ Café Metropolis (w. An Albatross)
Sun March 23 Annandale, NY @ Bard College (w. An Albatross)