By Jonny Bones
Friday, April 5 *War Ape Release Party* @ Pub 340 w/ Old Iron, Mess & Nehushtan
Friday, April 19 @ Avant-Garden w/ Balance, Terrifying Girls High School & Shearing Pinx
Walking the razor’s edge between crust, thrash and grindcore, Ape War has been offering an auditory onslaught to the city’s underground music scene since their inception more than seven years ago. Within that time the band has gone through multiple members, released four albums and is prepping for the end of days with their newest offering, War Ape.
“There’s been steady evolution,” says guitarist Jonny Bumknee. “OG Ape War dissolved a few years ago. Waves of jobs, weddings, breeding, the usual stuff. You know that feeling where you dread going to jam, rather than get pumped and end up making excuses to skip it a lot?”
Suffering another exodus of members in the summer of 2016, just as Bumknee had brought second guitarist, Squealy Dan, into the Ape War army, things were looking grim.
Refusing to submit, the band began to reach out. “I started asking friends if they’d be into helping to continue Ape War,” Bumknee says. “It reassembled really quickly, like within a month of it being mostly dead. It was refreshing to jam with new input and talent.”
Having been through battle, Ape War have emerged with a new roster, new songs, and a refinement of their annihilistic sound, the results of which can be heard in the new album. “We really try to write quickly,” says Bumknee. “Overthinking songs tends to take all the energy out. We’re all pretty equally involved. There’s not one person showing up with riffs.”
As the new album began to take shape, a new challenge arose with the departure of vocalist, Doug Gregoire, leaving the band without a voice only a week before they headed to the studio. “No hard feelings” Bumknee explains. “They just didn’t have the time, which was a real bummer.”
Never ones to say die, the position was filled by longtime friend and fan of the band, Dylan Aine.
“Dylan was at pretty much every show. Always got the pit going, just amped up the gigs, so it was a no brainer to ask him to step in,” Bumknee says. “We’d been rehearsing without vocals for so long, once we heard vocals, it was like a new fire was lit.”
With the final piece in place, Ape War has once again found its voice and the result is 17 minutes of auditory assault. You can catch them ushering in Armageddon with this month’s release of War Ape. If you ever wanted to listen to the apocalypse, now is your chance.ape war, Pub 340