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New Track: "Hate Speech" - APE!

Feedback and rapid percussion set the stage on APE!’s single “Hate Speech”. It's the first offering from the band's forthcoming album Snotty Brat Rock. A degree of downhill aggression/menace pushes the message, as the duality of the declaration dismisses the importance of the subject (individual), while conversely acknowledging the impact of spoken words runs full steam ahead. It's confrontational yet catchy in an abbreviated grunge-metal punch.

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APE! Record Release Show at KFN Dec. 4

After releasing their latest full-length Hunting With The Lord (their first via Reptilian Records) a couple of weeks back, the melodic, punk-metal hybrid known as APE! headline a record release show this evening at Kung Fu Necktie. The power trio continues to refine a sound that’s parts gate-storming backend, the commanding bellow of lead vocals, and dynamite-lined, fuzz-noise textured ripping guitar solos that set off the situation. It is furious, strategically-placed, going hard and heavy with a target in their sights. Tonight, they will be joined by the fire-starting, riff-drum crack combination of Georgia duo Twin Trances, unleashing the menace. The space-traveling, fuzz-filtered rock of DC’s Polyon soar into town, while a pair of local acts in the gloomy, grungy stomp of duo Worst Ones and Fishtown's Blurry Yeller complete a robust lineup. Kung Fu Necktie (Upstairs), 1250 N. Front St., 10:30pm, $5, 21+ - Michael Colavita

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Weekend Warrior, May 22 - 25

Come celebrate Motel Hell’s 5th Anniversary tonight and kick your Memorial Day Weekend into gear! APE! launches into gritty, blistering rock, loaded with searing guitar licks and trouble brooding backend that blasts through all adversaries. The Cloth conjures a gloomy, blood-dripping, sludgy, adrenaline-laced vibe, unforgivingly plowing forward demolishing any roadblocks with musical sledgehammers and never blinking with every swing. With their new LP You’ll Be Dirt scheduled for release on June 3, genre-exploring art-punk quartet Combine opens the festivities, shifting you into its unique, noisy domain. Texas/Conneticut-based Javier & Los Dish Dogs orchestrate bass-pumping rock that speeds along in a flash, while also capable of cruising in a loose funky manner. DIY is certainly alive and well in Philly! Motel Hell (Please contact one of the acts or Venue for more info.), 8pm, $5, All Ages - Michael Colavita
 
Other places to escape the chill this weekend…
 
Motel Hell (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN The Charley Few, Pushin' it 2 the Limit, Lip Service
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI +HIRS+, SAT Philly Loves The Soulquarians: DJ Mike Nyce, MON The Buddy System
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Johnny Showcase & The Mystic Ticket, Muscle Tough, SAT Cheap Dinosaurs, Chipocrite
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.)  FRI Curly Castro, Carl Kavorkian/Assemble, The Fourth Line, Founders, SAT Dysphoria, SUN Mohican, Allora Mis/Shy Boyz, Wildflower, Audio Kings of the Third World
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.)FRI Philadelphia May Mayhem: Camp 4 Dreanged Kids, Corndog, Unit Theory, SAT On The Water(Album Release), Impressionist, Liz & The Lost Boys, SUN Phameless Records Fest: Corporate Hearts, Science Club, The Jantones
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Splintered Sunlight, SAT Stones Night : Brown Sugar, Dead Flowers
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Jason Reed, (Downstairs) Cliff Hillis, SAT (Upstairs) Denison Witmer/(Downstairs) The Rent-A-Cops,, SUN (Upstairs) The Dukes of Destiny/(Downstairs) the HYPE!'s Show Me Your Soul Festival: Boy Wonder, Brothers & Sisters, Ben Tinsley, The Members Club, Chartel, E-Hos, Suzanne Sheer, Christopher Davis- Shannon, Santalina
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Sundrop Music Fest: Atley Moon & The Say Something Sound Machine, Christopher Davis-Shannon, Mr. Unloved, SAT  Sundrop Music Fest: (2pm) I Yahn I Arkestra, The Binary Sea, Jacqueline Constance, Little Strike, Hunter’s Cannon, Sweet Briar Rose, Dirty Soap Blues Band, Slowey & Boats, Annachristie/Phameless Records Fest (5pm) Goddamnit, No Summer, Seeing Snakes, The Headies, The Mad Splatter, Mid Rats, Twin 55, Victory Boy, SUN Sundrop Music Fest (2pm) QQQ, Mumblr, Ganou, Bryant Vazquez & the Songs,  Elegant Animals, PHLGood, The Bull Bey, Fisthown Beats, A Day Without Love, Cicada Jade/( 7pm) Andrea Valle/(11pm) Fishtown Beats
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.)FRI Moonstriker, Something Like a Monument, The Stonewall Vessels, Howlish, SAT City Rain, QQQ
 
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Alec Stewart, Man Illuminated, SAT Ron Gallo & Friends, SUN Sabriya, Jahwula, MON A Locomotive, Davey and the Chains
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI The Sixties, Piranha, Collect Yourself, SAT YDI, GASH
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) SAT The Iron Tree
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) SAT DJ Deejay, SUN (4pm) Brian Barker/(9pm) DJ Junior, DJ Lil’ Dave, Blaak The 9th Man, Fatnice
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St) FRI Matt Santry
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Sparklepony, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI Rivers, Mark Baker and The Barbreakers, Sara Spicer, Jim Mitchell & The Repeat Offenders, SAT The Stone Eye, Unit Theory, The Rowdies, Suburban Murder, The Way, Plague At A Funeral/Nadjah Nicole, Shari DuBois, T Kane, PHLGood, MON Edge of Divinity
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Cold Roses, Blakeslee, The Mellowells, SAT Bunny Savage & The Handymen, MON Moonlight Jazz with The Mystic Ticket
 
Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT Mr. Sonny James, SUN (2pm) percussionist Josh Robinson /(9:30pm) DJ Royale
 
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.)  FRI Franky’s Foxes
 
The Pharmacy (1300/02 S. 18th St.) MON Banned Books, Heavy Medical
Half Moon Lounge (4228 Lancaster Ave.) SAT Haldol, Latex, Teenage Chainsaw
 
Bamboo Bar (927 N. Delaware Ave.) Making Time RAD-B-Q
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI The Funky T, Time Relapse, SAT Teresa Gero, JAHWULA
 
Ardmore Music Hall FRI The 9‘s, SAT Splintered Sunlight
 
LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT No Other, Girl Dog, Crime Hands, Westboro Baptist Choir
 
Skate Jawn Warehouse (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Friendship, Abi Reimold, Roof Doctor
 
A House Named Virtue (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Bad Canoes, The Whips
 
The Petting Zoo (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Dreambook, Jackie Paper
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APE! “Sent From the Past to Save the Future” at Pageant Soloveev April 22

APE! are unwilling participants of a NASA experimental dimensional travel program, after being captured escaping from a detention center in 1991. “Stripped of their clothes and morals, armed only with a Stooges record of questionable quality,” the stoner metal trio was “sent from the past to save the future.” Well, at least, that’s how they tell the story of the band’s origins. You can find out more about their mythological tale tonight at Pageant Soloveev when they share a bill with grindcore thrashers +HIRS+, dual-drums-and-bass, noise rockers Heavy Medical, and San Francisco’s Prizehog (Gravity Records). Just beware: “If you aren’t with them, you’re against them.” Pageant Soloveev, 607 Bainbridge St., 8:30pm, $6, All Ages - Alexis V.

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Album of the Month: APE! "1991"

 

APE! has come from the past to save our future. 1991, their newest release, with a blurb labeling the band as a NASA time travel project gone wrong, is ripe with proto-punk sleaze and grit. In all honesty, 1969 might have been a better title, were it not already taken. Their newest release is self-produced, and available digitally or on 12" vinyl.

Straddling genres can be a messy business, but APE! handles their time-hopping seamlessly, by combining classic rock riffs with hardcore screams and the aforementioned proto-punk attitude. The eponymous title track is a blissed out instrumental nod to psychedelia, while "Vile English," which appears later on the album, is a noisy clamor of aggression, heavy metal guitar work and frenetic drumming.

The conjoining thread of the album is energy and a refusal to take themselves too seriously. Which, in this day and age, is a sentiment that is often hard to come by. -allison

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