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).
|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|
|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|