Fight Like Apes
David Carradine Is A Bounty Hunter...


4.0
excellent

Review

by Dr Dave De Sylvia STAFF
November 18th, 2007 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: David Carradine Is A Bounty Hunter Whos [sic] Robotic Arm Hates Your Crotch

There’s an odd symmetry that exists between the blog world and the real world. It seems, with a few notable exceptions, the more energy music blogs invest in promoting a band, the less the real world actually cares. I mean… haven’t we all walked in to a record shop and been stung by that awkward moment where we can’t decide whether to go straight to “H” or “T” for the Hold Steady record, right? Maybe not. At least we’ve all, at least once, been influenced by that “Recommended By Stereogum” sticker on the front of the latest slice of cutting edge indie rock fare, haven’t we? What sticker? Indeed. Point is: insular communities like the one I refuse to call the blogopshere can give a band an inflated sense of their own popularity. That’s why it’s refreshing to see that, despite having their arses licked clean by just about every Irish blog in, well, Ireland, leftfield electronic pop outfit Fight Like Apes haven’t forsaken their unself-conscious sense of fun and general obliviousness to the surrounding world.

Their debut release How Am I Supposed To Kill You If You Have All The Guns? was built around a single inspired by Jake Sommers, the backwards chair-sittin’ star of mid-‘90s teen sitcom California Dreams, and apparently a “fucking disappointment to the human race.” A year and a half on, and only slightly less judgmental, David Carradine Is A Bounty Hunter Whos Robotic Arm Hates Your Crotch takes aim at Bill (he of Kill… fame) with the same mixture of reverence and piss-taking, and undercuts its predecessor by a full minute, clocking in at just over eleven minutes long. The four-piece group, fronted by synthesisering/vocalising pair May Kay and Pockets (and completed by bassist Tom and drummer Adrian), create quite a racket for their diminutive numbers. Clearly inspired by Pixies, standout track ‘Canhead’ rests upon a bumbling heavy bassline and an occasionally tuneful call-and-response routine between May and Pockets. The latter does his best Frank Black while May shreds her vocal chords to everybody’s obvious delight, and her own bemusement, as she reacts to the prospect (“Goodness Me!”) of fish and chips.

Though Tom and Adrian perform admirably on each of the four songs, May Kay is the real star in the group, and the interplay between hers and Pockets’ synths the most interesting aspect of David Carradine…, with Pockets presumably supplying the melodic flavours on top of Kay’s breezy sustained chords. ‘Accidental Wrong Hole’ references ‘80s pop mainstays Zac Attack and Milli Vanilli (better than brown bread, apparently), while lead track ‘Do You Karate?’ is the most urgent of the four tracks on offer, evoking Karen O with liberal use of the word “shit,” while closing track ‘Snore Bore Whore’ could easily have been taken from the Happy Gilmore soundtrack. Clocking in almost twice as long as anything else on the EP, it begins with a composite of self-referencing speech samples before morphing into a bass-driven synth-funk track. It’s the most together the band sound at any point on either EP, but Kay still manages to dominate proceedings with another unintelligible performance. Whether Fight Like Apes can manage to hone their instincts across a full-length record, or whether they even want to, remains to be seen, but in 11-12 minute bursts they’re as exciting as anybody on the current indie rock scene, and David Carradine’s robotic arms hate your crotch for real this time.



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Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
November 18th 2007


16089 Comments


please tell me what [sic] means.

edit: okay the review actually makes it seem like you're listening to something interesting. Strange. I'll try and listen to iy.This Message Edited On 11.18.07

SubtleDagger
November 18th 2007


737 Comments


[sic] means something is grammatically incorrect

Jom
Staff Reviewer
November 18th 2007


2683 Comments


It's short for 'said in context' or 'same in copy.' It's to indicate that the reviewer isn't a dumbass that can't spell; it's the artist. Dave's intentional misspelling is not on his own accord, so that's why he has the [sic].

plane
Staff Reviewer
November 18th 2007


6094 Comments


Yeah, this sounds interesting. I also will try and listen to iy [sic].


p.s. I always go for "H." Sputnik throws me off a lot when I go for the first letter of the second word instead of cycling through "The".

kalkal50
November 18th 2007


2386 Comments


where to get this?

JumpTheF**kUp
November 18th 2007


2710 Comments


So this is noise electropop?
Good review.
Album title is cool.

Yyy
November 18th 2007


289 Comments


damn i've been wanting to hear more noies electropop

i fucking hate you SOSM

plane
Staff Reviewer
November 19th 2007


6094 Comments


This is good and fun. Don't know if I like it beyond that.

Aficionado
November 19th 2007


1027 Comments


This sounds cool. Very nice review.

Kaleid
November 19th 2007


711 Comments


I liked what I heard. As has been said, it's good fun. Her voice suits it

plane
Staff Reviewer
November 19th 2007


6094 Comments


[quote=splat]heh, well I don't think it's meant to be super meaningful or anything, unless there's some grand political undertones to "goodness me it's fish n chips" that I'm missing[/quote]
I meant that I probably won't like it as much down the road. Seems like it would get old pretty fast, though I've been surprised before.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
November 19th 2007


16089 Comments


Yes lest we forget that backstreet boys

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
November 19th 2007


16089 Comments


Except that Rob Thomas is a god.
Please go die stop ruining my heroes for me .

Fort23
November 19th 2007


2475 Comments


:0
Ilu been burned.


plane
Staff Reviewer
December 18th 2007


6094 Comments


Do You Karate? is so good. I wish I could find the lyrics somewhere.

C.O.A.
March 17th 2008


55 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Does anybody have a link to either of the EPs?

I cannot find any for the life of me...

C.O.A.
March 18th 2008


55 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I am a pirate, not a rich man...

plane
Staff Reviewer
May 27th 2008


6094 Comments


Yeah, but it works in spurts. "Do You Karate?" still kicks ass. I'm looking forward to their debut.

Minus The Flair
Emeritus
November 19th 2008


862 Comments


Finally got hold of this and 'How Am I Supposed to Kill You...', I really like them. Really cool to hear some of the original recordings (a couple I prefer), and to see how they've progressed, from a present viewpoint anyway. This Message Edited On 11.19.08



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