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Brian Moss (Great Apes) streams demo song, “Paint Job – As Told By 1492 Valencia St.”

Great Apes front-man Brian Moss has released a demo of a brand new song. Tentatively titled “Paint Job – As Told by 1492 Valencia St.”, here’s what Moss had to say about the tune:

“Last night I cranked out a sloppy n’ quick solo demo of a song Great Apes is working on. We’re recording a new wax E.P. in June. Without divulging too much, I can tell you it’s going to be a conceptual record framed around San Francisco and buildings. I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited about an upcoming musical project[…]” 

You can stream the demo below.

Great Apes released their debut album, Thread, in September 2013 through Asian Man Records and Side With Us Records.



Great Apes recording new EP this summer

San Fran punks Great Apes have announced that will be recording a new EP this summer:

We’ll be recording a new, six song E.P. early this summer. Details coming soon.

“Thread” was released in September of 2013 through Asian Man Records and Side With Us Records.



DS Photo Gallery & Show Review: The Lawrence Arms, Nothington, and Great Apes in Los Angeles, CA (2/16/14)

“Where have I been all your life?” Fans of The Lawrence Arms know this feeling – the feeling of being reunited with someone/something you love after what feels like a long absence. Last month, TLA released their first full length album in nearly eight years, titled Metropole (check out our review here), and the punk community rejoiced. The news of this album had been teasing fans for a year and it truly was a sweet, sweet reunion. As the album release got closer and closer, I (along with every other TLA fan) waited anxiously for the tour that would follow. During this waiting period, I was lucky enough to see them twice last year – first at a secret show they did in LA at The Viper Room and then as one of the club shows at Punk Rock Bowling in Las Vegas. This past sunday, I attended the Metropole tour (featuring support from Nothington and Great Apes) at the El Rey in Los Angeles.

I only caught the last few songs of Great Apes, but they were decidedly catchy and I recommend checking out the band if you have a chance. Nothington were up next and killed it. Their set energized the audience with anthemic songs like “Far to Go,” “A Mistake,” and “The Escapist.” It is evident that Nothington and TLA like touring together (they played the PRB club show last year together as well) and their sets compliment one another. Nothington is the kind of band that puts on a kick ass show no matter what – I highly recommend checking them out on this tour or any other tour they play.

Seeing The Lawrence Arms is like hanging out at a party with your best friends. Not only do they put on a great live show musically, but you can also count on their on stage presence to be extremely entertaining (I seriously think Brendan Kelly should just do a comedy tour). They are the kind of band you root for – you can relate to their lyrics as if they are talking directly to you and then you want to hang out with them and grab a drink afterward. This show proved that they are back with a vengeance with the release of Metropole – incorporating tracks like “You Are Here,” “Drunk Tweets,” and “Beautiful Things” into their live set. Additionally, TLA played crowd favorites including, but not limited to, “The Slowest Drink At The Saddest Bar On The Snowiest Day In The Greatest City,” “The Ramblin’ Boys of Pleasure,” “Are You There Margaret? It’s Me, God,” “Necrotism: Decanting the Insalubruis (Cyborg Midnight), Pt. 7,” and my personal favorite – “100 Resolutions.” Let’s hope it’s not another eight years before another new album and tour…but for now, enjoy our photo gallery from the Metropole tour below.



Great Apes release music video for “The Fine Art of Holtzing”

San Fran punks Great Apes have released a DIY video for their track “The Fine Art of Holtzing” and you can watch it below. The song is from their most recent album “Thread” which was released in September of this year through Asian Man Records and Side With Us Records.

If you enjoy the video you can stream the entire album here.



Cover Art Battle (September 17th): The Flatliners, Saves The Day, Great Apes & more

   

In this week’s edition of Cover Art Battles, we have new releases from The Flatliners, Saves The Day, Great Apes, Stray From The Path, Placeholder, and The Devil Wears Prada.

Check out all of the artwork for these releases and cast your votes in the poll below!

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Great Apes streaming upcoming album “Thread”

San Francisco punks Great Apes are streaming their upcoming album “Thread” in its entirety.

You can check it out here.

“Thread” is set to be released on September 17th through Asian Man Records and Side With Us Records.



Album Review: Great Apes – “Thread”

If you gave your closest friends and family each a tape recorder, and asked them to talk about whatever they felt should be said, what would you get out of it?  For San Francisco’s Great Apes, the answer is their debut LP “Thread.”

On “Thread,” all the lyrics are ripped from the mouths of the band’s friends.  The band states the album is “inspired by interviews and casual conversations,” so that “each song on Thread is representative of a different person, and encapsulates narratives from their lives or a subject matter they deemed important.” Paired with music that is stripped down, upbeat, and a little poppy, the lyrics are surprisingly enlightening without becoming cheesy or overwhelming.

Born from dialogue among real people, this unique approach to lyricism is inspiring. As an album, “Thread” reminds me a bit of the photo project “Humans of New York” where the viewer is given just a tiny taste of someone’s life so as to make things personal, but so little as to remain mysterious. Hearing a song about someone’s most personal thoughts without ever knowing the person’s name is much like watching only the end of a film; I’m left wanting to meet the muse and learn more so the picture can become clear, more vivid, and more personal.

This communal style of producing songs serves the band well.  Songs sound respectful without being indulgent.  On “Yellow Ribbon” the pace is manically fast as biting vocals spit out “Hail to the heroes, albatross of death.”  Tracks such as “Withering Heights” and “San Quentin” are equally as hard-hitting and venomous.  Hot Water Music sounds like an obvious influence.

My favorite track “Vial of Life” is less than three minutes long but spins into a tale of long term illness.  Singing out that “death hides in my shadow” with a lifetime of “swollen feet” while questioning if the ability to live a healthy life is “not a basic human right” the song is thoughtful and unique.  Ending with the notion that “I live for the people I hold dear,” the song is not a preemptive funeral dirge but a catch melody from inside the mind of a patient, as sung by a friend.

Great Apes’ music itself is the sort that digs into your head and holds on tight, until you hit repeat and play it a little louder.  Boiled down to simple hooks, the honesty of the musicians’ attempts are well showcased.  Overall, the music sounds like a return to West Coast punk roots from the 90’s and early 2000’s.

“Thread” is out September 17th.  You can pre-order it here.

3.5/5 Stars



Great Apes stream new song “Everything Is Everything” from upcoming album “Thread”

San Francisco punks Great Apes are streaming a new song called “Everything Is Everything,” which will be appearing on their upcoming album “Thread.”

Click here (and sift through the collage of other songs on the page) to give it a listen.

“Thread” is set to be released on September 17th through Asian Man Records and Side With Us Records.



Great Apes announce release date for upcoming album “Thread”

San Francisco punk act Great Apes has just released details surrounding their upcoming album, “Thread”.

The work is set to be released on September 17th through Asian Man and Side With Us Records.

If you’re local to the SF Bay Area, the band will be celebrating a record release party on September 7th at the Bottom of the Hill in SF.



All Eyes West announce midwestern tour dates w/ Great Apes

Chicago punks All Eyes West have announced they will be playing a short run of midwestern tour dates with San Fransisco’s Great Apes next month.

You can check out a full list of dates and locations they will be playing right here.

All Eyes West last released their self-titled debut album in the summer of 2012 via Jump Start Records. Great Apes will release their debut full-length “Thread” sometime this fall via Asian Man Records.



Great Apes release “Thread” music video

In addition to the album announcement we talked about earlier today, San Francisco punk act Great Apes have released a music video for “Thread.” Check it out here.

Thread will drop some time this fall via Asian Man Records .



Great Apes to release debut full length “Thread” on Asian Man Records

San Francisco punk act Great Apes have just announced the release of their debut full length “Thread.” The album will be released this fall via Asian Man and Side With Us Records. More details will be announced in the next coming months.

Great Apes will also be hitting the road this summer. You can check the dates out here.



Great Apes and Know Your Saints stream split

Great Apes and Know Your Saints are streaming their split, you can listen to it here. The 7″ contains 2 new songs from each band and will be released tomorrow, December 18th, via Say-10 Records.

 



Album Review: Great Apes/Know Your Saints – “Great Apes/Know Your Saints Split”

Both Great Apes and Know Your Saints hail from the California bay area and while their sound is evocative of everything that comes with the association, neither band is a straight-ahead representation of the sound that comes with the scene. Instead, they both mix hearty batches of indie rock into their melodic, heartfelt punk style resulting in a sharp, loud, and musical split.

Great Apes offer up the songs “The Quack and the Leper” and “Class(war) Room.” Both songs are a great showcase for Great Ape’s intelligent, yet confrontational songwriting. “The Quack and the Leper” opens with a rousing guitar melody that feels as if it was taken from a Tragedy album, aiding the song’s dark atmosphere but also serving as a more interesting way to begin what is basically a melodic punk song. “Class(war) Room” is filled with lyrical gems that drip venom with their delivery (“Equal opportunity will remain the talk of fools, until every kid in the ghetto has a five star school”) and appropriately the song sounds more gruff, but never without losing any of it’s melodic sensibilities. Great Apes match their lyrical prowess with their instrumentation choices, the songs never rely solely on chugging rhythms and often times incorporate subtle but sprawling guitar leads that seek to harmonize rather than lead.

The Know Your Saints side of the split isn’t as strong as the Great Apes offering, but is enjoyable and really only pales because of the quality offering it has to compete against. Know Your Saints are decidedly more jangly than Great Apes and take a greater influence from pop punk. “Skyscrapers, Smokesignals” takes it’s vocal melody two syllables at a time, sounding something like a lost Blink-182 song. Thankfully, it’s more musically developed and dynamic than the usual pop punk fair, but does nothing to grab the listener. Despite its overall catchiness, “Skyscrapers, Smokesignals” proves to be a fairly forgettable ordeal. “Deconstruction” is a more aggressive song that shows Know You Saints to be perfectly capable of a good old fashioned rager– crafting a fast, intense song packed with emotion and musicality. “Deconstruction” is Know Your Saints a their best.

Great Apes and Know Your Saints both deliver the goods, but from even a cursory listen it’s clear that Great Apes is the standout on this release. That isn’t to say Know Your Saints are a weak band, because they’re not. Everything on this split is competent; the melodies are memorable, the instrumentation is engaging– but competency alone doesn’t make for transcendence. Both bands are shooting for the stars on this split, but while Great Apes float alone in the stratosphere Know Your Saints just scrape the clouds, both are impressive, but one is definitely more so.



Say-10 Records offer free download of sampler (The Riot Before, Civil War Rust, Great Apes, etc)

The folks at Say-10 Records are offering a free digital download of a 26 song comp featuring a bunch of really solid bands like The Riot Before, Civil War Rust, Great Apes, Know Your Saints, Dirty Tactics and more.  The comp commemorates the 25 released the label has put out over the last 5 years and is a great means for discovering some new punk bands.  Here’s what they had to say about it:

25 releases thus far. 5ish years. These are from lps, cds, 7″s, tapes, and digital releases that we have put out. Not all of the bands are still around, but you should check them out anyway!

Snag it here.