Apes

Blunt - - Up Front -

Where are you from?

Bal­larat, Aus­tralia.

Who is in your band? Rowan Mul­lett- Treloar ( drums); James Toohey ( guitar); Sam Reale ( bass); Ben

Dowd ( vo­cals, guitar).

Who are some of your in­flu­ences? Lit­tle bits of ev­ery­thing re­ally. When we first started the band we had a hand­ful of artists we re­ally ad­mired which in­evitably dripped down into our own mu­sic. I guess ba­si­cally any­thing Jack White has done, The Vines, Band Of Skulls, The Black Keys, The Lib­ertines and Black Rebel

Mo­tor­cy­cle Club.

Tell us about your best show. One that sticks in my mind re­cently was when we opened for FIDLAR at Ox­ford Art Fac­tory in Sydney. It was the first time we re­ally took our light­ing tech Braiden on tour with us so hav­ing vi­su­als was awe­some! The sound was awe­some, we played well and the crowd were un­be­liev­able which made the whole ex­pe­ri­ence one of my favourite gigs so far.

Tell us about your worst show. Oh god, there’s been a cou­ple. Won’t name

and shame the venue but we played this joint in re­gional Queens­land one time, I’m

pretty sure they had a tiny stage set- up that through the day looked like a TAB. I lost my tuner, we had no money for food, Toohey had to play on the floor, there was no rider, no real PA, we played like arse and to top it off, the crowd kept car­ry­ing on want­ing to hear AC/ DC cov­ers

think­ing we were a cover band.

Tell us about your lat­est re­lease. The track’s called “Pull The Trig­ger”. The ba­sic blue­print of the track was writ­ten a year- and- a- half ago around the time when we all de­cided that mu­sic was the path that we all re­ally wanted to go with. This song is a re­ac­tion to all the bull­shit that makes you think about what you’re do­ing with your early 20s. When it came time for record­ing, Michael Bel­sar from Hunt­ing Grounds/ Twinsy came in to pro­duce and we felt he did it jus­tice. slayer or Me­tal­lica? Me­tal­lica for sure!

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