Speedboats For Breakfast – Elsewhere

The Anteloids – Drowsing In The Sunflower Fields

Preview track for the upcoming new album, Cane, Rain & Rocking Chairs, due for release on 21st December 2013.

Mental Monky Ballet – You’re More Trouble Than You’re Worth video

Preview of Swedish band Mental Monky Ballet’s cover version of Speedboats For Breakfast song. Album/EP release February 2014. Video featuring Béatrice Dalle in Betty Blue (37°2 le matin).

Whitey – Waves Of Fear (Lou Reed cover)

The Marinuccis – Dust

From Leicester band The Marinuccis

The Apes Have Landed Interview

It’s a tale with which many here in Taiwan are familiar. For locals, the dreaded army call-up has put an end, or at the very least stalled, many promising bands’ creative momentum. And within the ex-pat community, it’s almost a guarantee that a band member will eventually leave to travel elsewhere, return home or move on with other life pursuits. For one Kaohsiung band, The Apes Have Landed, this has indeed been the case as their bass player has recently ventured off the island. Thankfully, the group spent some time in the studio to record an album, Chapter 1 (A Road To Somewhere), and have left us with a taste of their ape style rock until their next manifestation.

Comprising the old rhythm section of Owen Sound band, Clock Strikes Music, Squids drummer, and the guitars/vocals of The Electrocutioners, I would say their sound, while distinctly being its own thing, has elements of garage/surf rock, dub, blues, and post punk…in the vein of The Cramps, The Birthday Party, Swans, Jon Spencer, and The Melvins (though this is just my opinion of which they may disagree). Chapter 1 is a bit of a concept album with sampled Apes-inspired dialogue interspersed between the energetic guitar rock in which these guys ply their trade. From the cranking A Slippage of Time to the epic dub-tinged Age of Insanity, there are great songs, solid bass lines, furious drumming, rocking guitar riffs and noises which all adds up to quite an enjoyable, cohesive album.

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The Apes Have Landed