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In the Flesh! APES @ Brighton Up Bar, Sydney

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Review – Harry Ward
Pics – Annette Geneva

THE OTHER GUYS: CREO

Local boys CREO are a loud and proud band to watch. They love a chant and boast massive climaxes in each song, like Birds of Tokyo on steroids. The four-piece ripped through a great set with finesse and fearlessness, their sound belongs on bigger stages.

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MAIN ACT: APES

Melbourne rock outfit APES make a stop at Sydney’s Brighton Up Bar in the midst of their interstate tour for the release of the new single If You Want It.

Those who are partial to a spot of APES may expect a fistful of juicy pop punk tunes to be thrown directly into their faces all night long, but oh no, there’s far more to this band than that.

A bluesy Strat sound rattles the room, with singer Ben Dowd flexing an alarmingly incredible vocal range from the first note. Keyboards creep into their very guitar-based sound to take the band from a DIY, garage style to a full throttle rock act akin to Supergrass and Kaiser Chiefs, with Josh Homme tendencies here and there. Dimension and the new single If You Want It stand out of the set as carefully written songs with tasty tones. Apes casually deliver a lot of energy in their songs and performance, they don’t try to be cool, they let the songs do all the talking.

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THE HIGHLIGHT

Pull the Trigger is a great song on record, and it’s just as good on stage. It’s one of those dangerously motivational songs that gives you an impulsive burst of courage. If you are close to quitting your job, breaking up with someone etc. and just need a little nudge, this song would get you there. Use responsibly.

THE LOWLIGHT

APES play a diverse set with different styles, tones and even two featuring vocalists; however, this is difficult to take in at times. Diversity is a good thing, but inconsistency, not so much. There are very few bands with no defined image or sound that can leave a mark on the musical world, even if they’re songs are great.

THE BANTER

“Some c**t up here flogged me drink.” – APES’ Dowd addressing inner-band issues.

WHAT IT LOOKED LIKE – FULL GALLERY

Annette Geneva

Annette likes to commute from the mountains and take pictures of cool people. She's a big fan of art, movies and Mexican food and she's one of our favourite people.
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