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| 21 January 2014 | Reply

THE APE – The Ape
Ape Records
October 2013
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar

The Ape - The Ape CD cover

Tex Perkins has been on the Aussie music scene for so long he qualifies for ‘legendary’ status almost by default, not to mention a gold watch and a seat on the board! That he has been involved in some of the most anarchic and accessible subculture-savvy cult rock n’ roll is just the icing on the cake.

With The Ape, Perkins has assembled a collection of songs which haven’t fit his other projects and drafted in some heavy hitting colleagues to get their primate on.

“Exiled Spanish crime boss” and riff lord Raul Sanchex of Magic Dirt fame underpins these ten tracks with some absolutely filthy guitar work over the top of Gus Agars (Perkins’ Dark Horses bandmate) and Pat Bourke hold down the rhythm section (and some of the most Stonesy-louche piano playing this side of Exile.

Not for nothing this group is labelled ‘The Ape’ – the likes of Man On A Mission, Crawl Back, Sno Fun, and the watching-the-sun-come-up-drunk-stalker creep of Gonna Make You Love Me is primal, booze-fuelled Neanderthal rock n’ roll with jaws jutting out and knuckles dragging on the ground, and it’s the perfect antidote to the nihilistic, making-grown-men-want-to-kill-themselves dross all over the charts. Rock n’ fucking roll – monkey style.


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