TEX PERKINS’ MON­KEY BUSI­NESS

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TEX Perkins is at the peak of his pow­ers as he and his new ‘‘prim­i­tive, filthy, fun rock ’n’ roll’’ out­fit, The Ape, take the wraps off their self­ti­tled de­but al­bum to­day.

‘‘It was an en­joy­able record to make,’’ Perkins says of the no-frills col­lec­tion of rock­ing orig­i­nal songs.

‘‘It’s like a harder, heav­ier Cruel Sea or a lighter, friend­lier Beasts of Bour­bon record. It sits some­where in­be­tween those two things.

‘‘All th­ese songs, when I wrote them, when they lit­er­ally popped out of me, they had no place any­where else.

‘‘They couldn’t fit in The Dark Horses or The Cruel Sea. I tried to put them in The Cruel Sea but they were a lit­tle bit too sim­ple.

‘‘The whole con­cept is the sim­plic­ity of it – that’s why it’s called The Ape. I’ve been called the ape by my friends for years. When I did some­thing quintessen­tially me, it was al­ways a given it would go un­der the name Ape.’’

The Ape also fea­tures Perkins’ long-time mu­si­cal mates Raul Sanchez (Magic Dirt) on gui­tar, Gus Agars (The Dark Horses) on drums and vo­cals and Pat Bourke on bass and pi­ano.

‘‘This mu­sic is what comes when I am alone with an elec­tric gui­tar,’’ Perkins says.

‘‘Don’t bother dig­ging around for per­sonal ref­er­ence points or any­thing like that. The lyrics all over this record are meant to be taken fairly light-heart­edly.’’

While Perkins penned the songs, he says The Ape is a band project.

‘‘I wrote all th­ese songs but from that point on the band has been demo­cratic. It’s not only a wel­come con­tri­bu­tion – it’s needed. I need in­put from peo­ple.’’

Recorded by Roger Ber­go­daz at Ten­der Trap Stu­dios and pro­duced by The Ape, Perkins is over­joyed with the re­sults, de­scrib­ing The Ape as ‘‘the al­bum I was born to make’’.

‘‘It is an al­bum burst­ing with swing and grunt and is eas­ily the best thing I have ever done, or ever will do’’

The Ape are road-test­ing the al­bum, with shows at Coolan­gatta and in By­ron Bay this long weekend.

Perkins, who be­came a dad again re­cently with the birth of a son, can’t af­ford the lux­ury of too many hang­overs th­ese days. He says bal­ance is key.

He re­cently had what he de­scribes as the per­fect evening. He bought din­ner from his daugh­ter who works at a St Kilda burger joint, per­formed a heavy rock gig with Beasts of Bour­bon, then picked up his daugh­ter and walked home around mid­night.

‘‘It just seemed like a per­fect rock and roll, work­ing dad kind of sit­u­a­tion. I can’t af­ford the lux­ury of hang­overs th­ese days re­ally, when you’ve got kids that are go­ing to wake up pretty early any­way so you bet­ter be ready for it,’’ he says.

‘‘There is noth­ing I en­joy more than wak­ing up to my lit­tle boy. There is no greater joy that I’ve ever known.’’

Perkins is work­ing on the sound­track for a film be­ing made by The Sap­phires’ di­rec­tor Wayne Blair and House Hus­bands’ Rhys Mul­doon.

He has re­cently been gig­ging with the Beasts of Bour­bon in celebration of the group’s 30th an­niver­sary and writ­ing more ma­te­rial to flesh out The Ape set.

The Ape is re­leased to­day. The Ape play the Coolan­gatta Ho­tel tonight, Bris­bane’s Transcon­ti­nen­tal Ho­tel tomorrow and the Great North­ern Ho­tel, By­ron Bay, on Sun­day.

Raul Sanchez, Pat Bourke, Tex Perkins and Gus Agars of The Ape.

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