“Tejas” - Ape Up!
It’s a busy time for the little label with a lot of love, Count Your Lucky Stars. Ape Up!, one of a number of recent signees, could prove to be one of the more interesting ones, beginning with the recently released 10" Kemosabe. A solid, short release, one that has me anticipating hearing more Ape Up!
Primarily showing a penchant for quick, energetic punk anthems, the foursome’s stay is brief and abrasive, but with more depth than may be initially apparent. For one, the “punk” part is a bit hard to pin down - vocals lean toward the heavier, dirtier side, but with moments of pop-punk sing-along popping up. My favorite part, though, is the instrumentation: it evolves unexpectedly throughout, with more intriguing guitar lines, sometimes in the vein of other emo-style CYLS bands, emerging from the normal propulsive punk scrum and providing a little twist and depth that are quite satisfying.
- Tyler Hanan