APE MACHINE (Eng.)
1- Hello, thanks for answering to our questions. What are you guys currently up to?
Writing Ape Machine four! Touring the west coast (US) twice next month! Including dates with Orange Goblin and the Icarus Line.
2- First off, could you make some history of the band?
Ape Machine began with Ian, Caleb and Brian. We had Monte Fuller on drums for the beginning stages. Damon found us within the first year of being a band and joined soon after. We love music. We’ve all played in bands previously and Ape Machine is just what came out when we got together. We tour the world spreading our music and searching for more. In the process we’ve released three albums – This House Has Been Condemned, War to Head, and Mangled by the Machine.
3- How could you describe your sound?
We could describe it with 1000 words, or you could look us up and listen to it. Some reviewers compare us to bands like the Sword or Deep Purple or Black Sabbath or shit, even Whitesnake. I don’t think we sound like any of those bands but see what you think…
4- What are the band’s main musical influences?
That’s hard because it’s different for every member. In the van we listen to King Crimson, XTC, Deep Purple, the Kinks, Captain Beefheart, Willie Nelson, Metallica, Foreigner, Weird Al Yankovic, Van Halen, the Small Faces, Dust, Killing Joke, tons of others. I think it all influences us. We’re also individually influenced by bands ranging from Oingo Boingo to Carcass.
5- How is the feedback for your new album being?
It’s been great! We hope to hear more feedback.
6- And are your personally satisfied with the final outcome?
7- How could you describe this opus in just 3 words?
Bad Fucking Ass
8- How has the production process for your new release been?
We recorded live to 2″ tape in one take for each side. It was produced by Ikey Owens (keyboards for Mars Volta, Jack White, Mastodon, etc.) and tracked and mixed by Tony Lash (Heatmiser, Dandy Warhols, etc)
9- And how do you use to work on the songwriting?
We go to practice and write music. Usually Caleb adds vocals after but he helps arrange the music to suit his vocal ideas. Then we demo record and listen to them. If we don’t like something, we refine it until we do.
10 – Finally, what are you near-future plans?
We’re writing songs for our fourth record. Also we go on tour in a few weeks up and down the west coast (US). We may be coming back to Europe early next year. Check apemachine.com for updates!