Thursday, April 10, 2008

Fight Like Apes - 'Jake Summers'

Wow, I haven't seen this band live for three-and-a-half months. That's a long time in politics (enough to, say, effectively get rid of of a taoiseach) but in showbiz, I dunno? Fight Like Apes, recently back from SXSW, came by my college for a free gig in the student bar yesterday evening. Characterless as the venue was, and as homogenuous and dull as the student audience were, they put on a pretty good show. (I'm being partially ironic there) A set which was almost I'd say 50% new material, with a cracking version of obligatory Mclusky cover 'Lightsaber Cocksucking Blues', and excellent performances of 'Jake Summers' and 'Lend Me Your Face'.

On the way out I picked up the 7" single for 'Jake Summers' from the merch stand. Aside from the Si Schroeder mentioned in the previous post, this is the first Irish 7" I've owned. It was released last year as part of the How Am I Supposed To Kill You If You Have All The Guns? EP, followed by the even more awkardly named David Carradine Is A Bounty Hunter Whose Robotic Arms Hates Your Crotch, with both collected on the vinyl double EP limited to 200 copies. So there's no new songs on this, just a nice addition to the collection.

'Jake Summers' is a bouncy Mclusky-ish pop song and the first track on my 2007 mixtape. A gentle intro descending into jerky synths and frantic vocals, a hyperactive (and very Mclusky-ish) chorus backed with the beautiful simulacra of an organ line, and a requisite 3-and-a-half minute playing time. The more aggressive 'Lend Me Your Face' got the video and the radio play, but 'Jake Summers' really stands out as the better pop song the more you hear it. The b-side, 'Battlestations', is the last song on the first side of the EP, and along with the atmospheric instrumental preceding it, 'You Are The Hat', was the opener to their previous live shows. Also heavily synthy, with an epic (but constrained) melody, interspersed with a Planet of the Apes sample and erupting into screaming, bloody screaming:

"I don't feel playing this song again

You know the sample sounds like shit

and I don't want to hear it again..."

R.I.P. Charlton 'Cold Dead Hands' Heston:

Fight Like Apes - 'Jake Summers' b/w 'Battlestations'

Cool For Cats Records miaow04, 2007

(The rip's a little quiet, so you might need to turn the volume up a bit)

Fight Like Apes at Road Records.

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