Photo: Jason Knott
Vocals & Guitar
Bass & Vocals
Guitar & Vocals
Apes, Pigs & Spacemen
(later known as AP&S) were one of the most intelligent, inspiring,
complex, emotive bands ever to be pigeonholed 'Britrock' by Kerrang!
Signed to Music For Nations lead genius Paul Miro pulled together
such a wealth of subtlety and detail wrapped up in a ground shaking downbeaten rollercoaster of energy with sweeping flashes of sugar coated
hook laden brilliance on first album
Transfusion that even
the mighty Wildhearts wanted them
for tour support. Check out the melancholic hopelessness of 'Safety
Net', the adrenaline fuelled political sneer of 'Great Place',
the influential teeth shuddering riffery of 'PVS', not to mention the
quite breathtaking Sinatra-esque vocals on 'Do I Need This'.
Second long player
Snapshot followed two
years later - an altogether more liberated and confident beast
featuring the (later painfully ironic) catchy swipe at record
industry execs 'Beanman', AP&S anthem 'Blood Simple',
toe tapping technofear singalong 'Virtual' and the mile high
monster that was 'Monster'.
Of course it wasn't long before MFN lived up to their rep and fucked the
band right royally by refusing to spend a penny on promo and then
stropping cos the album didn't go platinum. With all routes blocked by
commercial greed and legal shackles the band were forced to split in
1998. To add insult to injury MFN retained the rights to everything
AP&S (including the name).
But surrender was not an option and the only escape from contractual
limits was the expiry date. So they waited. Patiently. For five years...
For January 2003 and a big FUCK YOU to MFN as the driving force behind AP&S (Paul and Bart) re-entered the studio to record the third
chapter in the colourful epic finally free of legal bullshit and money
grabbing industry Beanmen. the stunning
Free Pawn is out on independent label Phat Monkey now.
More recently, in another step of independence, and a flick of the Vs at the
industry in general AP&S have recorded another 4-track EP and are set to
release it as mp3 downloads only via their official site. Check out the clips
from the first EP on the
Monkey Mettle page, then buy it and discover one of the reasons FiveMilesHigh exists.
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