An EP release from The Ape-Ettes brings out a vivacious and edgy garage rock tonality that comes through with mounds of character and an energy that makes it feel like a live performance right in front of your face.
The Simply EP really showcases the band's presence and throughout the record, it feels more and more like these girls are feeding off of each other's energies the entire time which makes for a unique and exciting record.
The songs have honesty and come from authentic places which helps build that persona and the whole thing has a certain grittiness to it that gives it an extra drive and allure.
The bass tone on these songs alone speaks volumes for the character that this band portrays and the soundscape that they give off because it does have these great blends of not just garage but indie rock, punk rock, surf rock, and loads more all wrapped up into a four-track record that feels awesome to listen to.
You can definitely tell that this comes from people that have a pure love for their craft and I don't just mean the instruments that they're playing, I mean the craft of songwriting together and making something out of nothing.
They do this with such vigor and well-balanced textures because you always have that edginess and like I said, greediness, but the songs have hooks and colorful sections that end up bouncing around in your head for hours or even days after the songs have ended and the only way to satiate that is to listen to them again which in my opinion is very smart songwriting.
I think that they just write like this naturally.
There's a certain looseness to it that makes it fun and addictive but it also hits all the sweet spots that you want so it's a little bit familiar but adventurous.
The record has heart and I think that may be the most important thing of it all.
They're definitely a few surprises around some of the corners of this record and some layers to be peeled back but all in all, this is right up in your face and it's got a great attitude and approach to it the entire time.
The EP seems to be a comeback record from their self-titled release back in 2017 and I'm glad to hear it because we need more music like this out there just in general.
Music that has honesty but doesn't take itself too seriously.
I think a lot of us have forgotten exactly how to have a good time, but The Ape-Ettes have come back to teach us that once again, it's time to let loose, and dance.
This is for any fans of garage rock or surf punk for example and believe me when I tell you everything about this record hits a certain aesthetic that is perfectly on the mark the whole time.
There are a few tracks here that stand out a singles of course but listening to the four-song EP from start to finish is the way to go.
The entire thing is under 9 minutes and the louder you play it the more fun it gets.
I'm going to give this an 8 out of 10 without question.
Check this out as soon as you can.