Evolution is a wonderful thing. When scientists first created the Bad Ape somewhere in a Wednesfield depot, it was in a lo-fi test tube, containing DNA previously extracted from Lee Ranaldo and held together by Wavves’ gatefolds. But, just like their primate ancestors, they learnt to master their tools, and with ‘Director Denial’, they’ve added a pipette of accessibility.
This being Bad Apes, ‘accessibility’ only measures to the Superchunk scale rather than the full blown Followill, but ‘Director Denial’ is their most pleasingly commercial effort yet. Surprisingly for a shoegaze trio, the track’s pummelling bass line echoes the post-punk of The Futureheads (see ‘Sale of the Century’), whilst Joe Ondrak’s shriek screams Foo Fighters’ ‘White Limo’.
They’re growing better with each release, and with shards of melody creeping in, Crocodiles and Yuck may want to look out. Darwin would be so proud.
About Samuel Lambeth
Listening to music is my favourite pastime, and I enjoy listening to new, up and coming releases as well as classic records. My favourite bands are varied and long but include Ocean Colour Scene, Vampire Weekend, The Beatles, R.E.M., The Bluetones, Buffalo Tom, to new bands such as Yuck, Surfer Blood, Brother and The Vaccines.