Buzzed Bands Podcast, Ep. 2 w/ Cold Blood Club

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Apes And Androids Are The Future

What the fuck happened at Sin-e last night? One of the best performances these eyes and ears have ever been witness to. There are simply no words to properly express how unbelievable last night's Apes And Androids show was. I'll do my best to explain but I'm sure I will do them no justice.

Before A&A started I got myself a spot right up front to take pictures. I was surprised by how packed Sin-e was. I mean nobody I knew had even heard of this band - which is why I rolled solo. As the band started to set up hoards of little girls started pushing by me to get up front. It was crazy how many were there acting crazy, it was almost Beatlemania-esque.

Just before the band went on they unveiled their backdrop - it was a huge silver skeleton monster. Once the lights went down the monster's eyes lit up and it began to speak to the crowd. It said something about us being the last people on Earth.

It was quite an intro and it was clear this was going to be one hell of a show. The band members were wearing futuristic make-up and there was a distinct "Logan's Run" quality to the show. About halfway into the first song one thing was very clear - this band is so much better live then recorded.

I was blown away by the layering of the vocals. Both lead singers had unique voices, the blonde guy had an incredible falsetto. It was almost opera-esque, in that Freddie Mercury kinda way. The other singers voice wasn't as impressive but was still better then most crappy indie singers out there. Two other members sang backup and they topped it off by adding keyboards to the vocal chorus - it was just a huge wall of vocals.

The guitar playing was also quite good. There were a few ripper solos in there that came out of nowhere. They also had tons of keyboards and synths but managed not to sound like 80's cheeseballs. I really was not expecting this band to be so tight band but they were, and then some.

Halfway through the set people from the crowd went up on stage and pulled the monsters hidden arms out. The arms were long pieces of fabric with pointy hands attached which were controlled by people in the crowd. The effect was very cool, it looked like the monster had his hands out over top of the crowd - almost like an evil puppeteer. The whole time his bright red eyes were blinking red. Also at this time glowing green orbs were unleashed on the crowd which were tossed around like beach balls.

Like I said this was quite a show and so very hard to describe. I'm pissed no one went because I have no one to back me up when I say it was one of the best shows I've ever seen. And I mean that on both levels - the stage show was genius for its low budgetness and the band were just plain awesome. They have a sound that makes you think Queen and Bowie but with the energy of At The Drive-In or Blood Brothers.

The highlight of the show from a musical perspective was "Hot Kathy" which is one of the coolest songs I've heard in a long time. Check it out at MySpace but just know that live there is way more to it then what you hear online. The oohs and ahhs at the end were amazing to hear live. I recorded it on my camera but the quality is horrible - I still posted it though.

This band is an absolute must see. The girls adore them and they know how to put on a show. As long as they don't fuck up they will be very well known in the near future. The show last night was better then anything I've seen any fancy signed band put on and without any fancy label money to do it. If you're a label then you would be retarded not to check out Apes And Androids next time they play.

Just listen, you can't see shit


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Anonymous said...

omg omg omg. i was at the show and i was totally one of those screaming girls. WTF THEY ARE AMAZING!!

I lost my shit during the last song...the cover of Queen's Death On Two Legs...I ran up to the front of the stage and started screaming and jumping up and down...totally couldn't help myself.

these guys are THE FUTURE!!!

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