GREAT APES

Great Apes

Insert hype-up adjectives here. Plain and simply, Great Apes are a punk band from San Francisco. Composed of four friends that have played in an array of projects including The Ghost, Monster Squad, Olehole, and Hanalei, the band is founded on the notion that music, much like a bio, is often at its best when it’s spit out intensely, with concision and honesty. Following the release of three 7″s and their debut full-length, Thread, Great Apes will be releasing their latest EP on Asian Man Records early in the winter of ’14.

Borrowing its name from the now defunct amusement park that sat on the western edge of San Francisco for well over half of the 20th century, Playland at the Beach is the latest endeavor from Great Apes. Thematically, the EP addresses San Francisco’s past, rapidly changing present, and future. It is a record about the history, cultures, neighborhoods, politics, businesses, people, and greater societal and economic forces that have and continue to shape the city. There’s a lot here about growth, alteration, corruption, demise, and new beginnings. In some lights, perhaps what applies in this context can be transferred elsewhere, painting a broader picture of the American landscape, rife with the polarized hues of both love and scathing anger. Set to an array of punk influences, every song on the record is crafted around the personification of specific local landmarks or buildings. Each structure is an on looking character, telling its own version of the city’s narrative.

Releases on Asian Man
AM-270 “Thread” LP
AM-285 “Playland at the Beach” 12-inch EP

Members
Brian Moss, Chris Chapel, Matthew Kadi, Ryan Marshall

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AKIAKANE
ALKALINE TRIO
ALL PEOPLE
ANDREW JACKSON JIHAD
ANGELO MOORE
ANTARCTIGO VESPUCCI
THE APERS
ASPIGA
ASTROPOP 3
THE ATOM AGE
BAGHEERA
BIG D & THE KIDS TABLE
BIRTHDAY SUITS
BLUE MEANIES
BOMB THE MUSIC INDUSTRY
THE BROADWAYS
BRUCE LEE BAND
BUCK-O-NINE
BY SURPRISE
CAYETENA
CHEAP GIRLS
THE CHINKEES
CHOTTO GHETTO
CHRIS MURRAY
CHRONICS
CLASSICS OF LOVE
COBRA SKULLS
COLOSSAL
COQUETTISH
CROISSANTS
DAN ANDRIANO
DAN POTTHAST
DINERS
DOG PARTY
DOGBRETH
DOGS ON ACID
DOWNTOWN STRUTS
DOWSING
DUVALL
EE
THE EXQUISITES
FIVE IRON FRENZY
GNARBOOTS
GOOD FOR COWS
GRANT OLNEY
GREAT APES
GUERILLA POUBELLE
HARD GIRLS
THE HOT TODDIES
THE HONOR SYSTEM
THE HUXTABLES
JABBER
JOYCE MANOR
JUST A FIRE
KEMURI
KEPI GHOULIE
KEVIN SECONDS
KING APPARATUS
KNOWLEDGE
KOREA GIRL
KUDROW
LARRY & HIS FLASK
LAURA STEVENSON AND THE CANS
LAWRENCE ARMS
LEMURIA
LET'S GO BOWLING
LINK 80
LITTLE JEANS
LORD
MAGUMA TAISHI
MATT SKIBA
MAX LEVINE ENSEMBLE
MIKE HALE
MIKE PARK
MIKE WATT & THE SECONDMEN
MIRACLES
MIXTAPES
MONKEY
THE MURDERBURGERS
MU330
MUGWUMPS
NICOTINE
NO TORSO
NOTHINGTON
O PIONEERS!!!
PAMA INTERNATIONAL
THE PEACOCKS
PET SYMMETRY
THE PLUS ONES
POLYSICS
POTSHOT
POWERNAP
PRIMARY
PTERADON
PUSHOVER
THE QUEERS
RATASUCIA
THE RIPTIDES
RUDIMENTS
SATORI
SHINOBU
SHORT ROUND
SLAPSTICK
SLOW GHERKIN
SMOKING POPES
THE SMITH STREET BAND
SOFTBALL
SPRAYNARD
SQUIRTGUN
SUMMER VACATION
SUNDIALS
SUNDOWNER
THE TAXPAYERS
TEN IN THE SWEAR JAR
TEEN IDOLS
TOYS THAT KILL
TUESDAY
UNION HEARTS
UNSTEADY
VIC RUGGIERO
VOODOO GLOW SKULLS
WARM THOUGHTS
THE WILD
WILD MOTH
WINTER BREAK
YOKO UTSUMI