Ape Not Kill Ape is a Grand Rapids based self-described trench-funk outfit. They've really been on the come up in the underground music scene drawing consistent crowds in and near Grand Rapids. Ape Not Kill Ape is now about to embark on a spring east coast tour with fellow trench-funk band Sojii. But first ANKA has a couple things to share with us.
First, the music video below. This music video begins with powerful spoken-word style poetry speaking about the corruption found in the city accompanied by fleeting imagery. Then we see the band and we are taken away by their psychedelic, gritty sound. But the vivid poetry never stops. As those who have had the opportunity to hear ANKA know, each of their songs is an exquisite work of art. This visual representation of ANKA is sure to help tide over faithful Grand Rapids concert goers as ANKA shares their sound with the east coast.
Tomorrow ANKA is releasing a twelve track album titled "Bushman" that they recorded at Goon Lagoon. This album is packed with all of the amazing songs you are likely to see at a ANKA live performance. They've been performing these tracks for awhile now and finally the public is about to be blessed with the ability to stream ANKA whenever they desire. The album has a consistent dark poetic style that is sure to haunt listeners. But don't get me wrong, this isn't dark in the sense that you'll wanna turn off all the lights in your bedroom, lay down and cry to it. It's dark in an empowering way that will send energy flowing through your body and cause you to stick it to the man. The feeling of ANKA's music is reminiscent of Godspeed You! Black Emperor in the sense that it is impossible to ignore the true artistry and emotion put into each song. The conglomerate of noises coming from band members Adis Kaltak, Brett Dame, Cam Frank and Allen McAllister unite to create a cohesive cacophony that comforts the disturbed and disturbs the comfortable. Words really do not do this album justice, so stream it yourself tomorrow via ANKA's Soundcloud. Physical copies of the album will be released April 8th at Vertigo Music in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Find Ape Not Kill Ape's east coast tour dates here.
Be sure to catch them when they return to Grand Rapids at the Pyramid Scheme, event page here.
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