The Apes

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The Apes (sometimes just Apes) are a noisy, guitarless garage rock foursome from Washington, D.C.. The band formed in 1999 with the lineup of singer Paul Weil, keyboard player Amanda Kleinman (a teacher by day), bassist Erick Jackson, and drummer Jeff Schmid. They released their first EP themselves, two albums on the New York label Frenchkiss, and an EP on Planaria Records before moving to San Francisco's Birdman Records which released an EP and the band's third full-length album.

The band has seen its three instrumentalists remain a constant while three different men have filled the shoes of lead singer. Paul Weil left the band and was replaced by Joe Halladay, and in 2006 Halladay left the band and was replaced by the visual artist Breck Brunson, whose first recorded tracks appeared on a CD-R the band sold during its 2006 U.S. tour in support of Liars. The band's fourth full-length album, titled Ghost Games, was released in early 2008 on Gypsy Eyes Records.

The band members are sometimes known by the pseudonyms Lucius Twilight (Brunson), Jackie Magik (Jackson), Majestic Ape (Kleinman) and Ronald Wolf (Schmid).

Discography[edit]

Year Title Format Label
2000 Luv is Real vinyl EP Glove Music
2001 The Fugue in the Fog CD/vinyl album Frenchkiss
2002 Street Warz CD/10" vinyl EP Planaria
2003 OddEyeSee CD album Frenchkiss
2004 Tapestry Mastery CD/10" vinyl EP Birdman
2005 Baba's Mountain CD album Birdman
2006 2006 Tour CD CD-R EP self-released
2008 Ghost Games CD/vinyl Gypsy Eyes

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