Death Ape Disco
Death Ape Disco
Initially starting in Colchester, Essex, around 2003/4 as a Pantera influenced Southern Metal stlye group with Rob Rainford playing Guitar and with several other members including Dave Atkins (lead guitar) and Sam Curtis (bass) (Stone Giant, Quantum Bigfoot, Desert Monkey) , the band moved to Brighton in 2005/6, lost member Sam Curtis and began progressing into different styles and sounds, broadening their influences. Upon reaching Brighton the band became known as Tophex and rapidly went through several other members including Rob Atkin (drums), James 'Supercunt' Gallagher (Bass, cunt, Thief), and others too numerous to name until Tom Newland (Drums) and 'Platypus' Bill Clayton (bass) joined and the band began gigging in earnest. Tom and Bill left in 2011 after an amicable split. Sam Curtis re-joined the band in July 2011 and drummer Harry Lehane joined early 2012.
Styles and writing Although Robert Rainford is primarily lead vocalist, Kit Brice sings nearly as much and several songs, including Death Ape Disco, effectively have two lead vocal parts harmonised throughout the entire song, influenced heavily by Alice In Chains, Soundgarden and other early 90s Rock/Grunge groups. Vocals are mostly written jointly by Kit and Rob. The Guitar parts are mainly written by Kit Brice and James Boulstridge although Robert Rainford also writes some guitar parts. Live Boulstridge and Brice share the role of Lead Guitarist between different songs. The bass parts were initially written by Kit Brice, usually following the guitar lines, but since Sam Curtis joining bass parts are primarily now written by him. Initially the band adopted a “write and record” technique, recording different parts as they were written on home recording equipment.
This had the effect of prolonging the time it takes to write new material although the band was generally happier with the final versions of tracks when they were completed. This also meant that on their recordings the drums tended to be digital and the bass parts played by Kit, though, again, since the introduction of both Harry and Sam these parts are now played live. Up until July 2012 recordings (Big Top and the deep blue sea, Foresee The Fall, Death Ape Disco, Headrush, Return of the sound, Nuclear Zombie Death Apocalypse, Burn The Red City, Grinding Down The Sun and Eclipse) have been created in this manner. Recent Activity In July 2012 the band began recording their first professional EP at Envy Studios in Petersfield, a 7 track album named Supervolcano. The title was named after members wrote a joke description about the prehistoric origins of the band online.
The album consists of higher quality recordings of pre existing demos and two new tracks, Mars and Suffocate. Supervolcano was completed and released in early 2013 with cover photography by Greig Clifford and internal artwork by Becca Weight. The album has received much positive feedback so far and has been well received in venues around Essex, London, Kent and Sussex. Work is currently underway on content for a second album. Read more on Last.fm.
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