Helluva Time - ‘The greatest Rock ' n’ Roll song written this year. Hands down’! - Phil Taggart BBC Radio 1 UK, 2013
Hot on the tail of their debut single ‘Seven’ late 2012, Melbourne four-piece APES came to the attention of national youth broadcaster Triple J, and more recently some serious love from UK’s BBC Radio 1.
A mix of searing garage-rock and stamp-your-feet-shout-out-loud choruses are set to put APES firmly on the map both home and abroad.
Led by vocalist and guitarist Benjamin Dowd the APES sound is one that owes as much to the indie punk bombast of the Hives as it does the moody atmospherics of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and to the halcyon years of Australia’s illustrious rock’n’roll and garage/punk past.
Combining an ear for scrappy, rough and ready melodies with strong hooks (and those can’t forget ‘em choruses) APES stamp the sound as their own. Having played shows around Australia with likes of The Datsuns, Dune Rats, Yacht Club DJs, FIDLAR (USA), Kingswood and Stonefield, APES high energy driven live show landed them spots on 2013’s Big Day Out and Groovin The Moo Festivals.
The band’s debut EP, produced by Malcolm Besley (Northeast Party House, Millions, Snakadaktal) and mastered by Brian Lucey at Magic Garden Mastering (The Black Keys, The Shins) was released worldwide June 21st 2013.
The band are currently in writing mode with a new released planned in the first half of 2014.