Banging on the Instruments of Mass Destruction is a Technicolor Explosion of punk-rock energy, pop melodies, and razor-sharp rockabilly riffs. The album walks a tightrope, managing to capture the essence of the band’s often humorous theatrical live antics on one hand (ape masks, dance routines et al.), while simultaneously avoiding slipping into caricature. This is due, in part, to the quality of the songs, but also to the intensity and honesty of their delivery.
Musically, Ape Apocalypse unashamedly wear their hearts on their sleeves, combining old-school punk rock with hints of rockabilly, ska, surf and classic rock (there’s even a Twisted Sister reference or two in there). The production is full, simple, crisp and powerful, thanks in no small part to the contribution of Speedboats For Breakfast, think Rancid meets Man or Astroman.
But the music is only part of the story. Scratch a little below the surface, and you find a narrative of ape comrades fighting humanity, more of a concept band than a concept album, with aural collages scattered between the songs telling tales of Revolution and the End of Days.
17 tracks in 50 minutes – 50 minutes of your life very well spent!
Listen now at Bandcamp