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Album Review

Following the release of two well-received D.I.Y. EPs, B-movie-loving Dublin synth-punk act Fight Like Apes took their time choosing the right producer for their full-length debut. They found him in the form of John Goodmanson, the Seattle producer who cut his wares with the likes of the Blood Brothers and Blonde Redhead, and Goodmanson's pristine touch is clearly in evidence here. More polished and refined than the EPs, Fight Like Apes and the Mystery of the Golden Medallion (named in honor of an obscure Mr. T movie) skillfully walks the grey area between mainstream and underground, spit-shining frontwoman May Kay's effortless pop smarts without losing sight of their zany outsider appeal. Lead single "Something Global" is the most straightforward song on the record, a deliciously cynical romp about being asked to write a hit song, as Kay sings, "hooks are for wimps, and choruses for gays/so 'give me my hook' they call out to the stage." Follow-up single "Jake Summers" is the biggest casualty of the transition from EP to album: sitting a top a lilty Kim Deal-inspired bassline, its chorus (loosely aimed at a well-known teen soap star of old) is designed to be yelled from the rooftops, but the track itself is so neatly compressed that the effect is almost completely lost. The mixing is slightly jarring throughout the CD — some of the busier tracks boast three and four distorted and clean synth tracks, and they don't always mesh well — but the songwriting is strong enough to overcome many of these complaints, and more adventurous tracks like "Snore Bore Whore" and "Lumpy Dough" suggest that there are more twists to come in the Fight Like Apes story.

Customer Reviews

Truely brilliant!

Ever wonder what it would be like if we returned to primitive times? It might sound something like Fight Like Apes latest album. In a whirlwind of 2 to 3 minute tracks the Apes show us what primitive fun is all about with non-linear random lyrics that are like angry energy filled outbursts, monstrous bass, propulsive drumming, and a digital distortion pedal. Electronic punk rock has never sounded so good. FLA are a Dublin band made up of Maykay, Pockets, Adrian, and Tom. They have been enjoying massive success since they launched their limited edition EP in 2007. Following this they toured Ireland and played Oxygen 2008. They were also nominated for two Meteor Awards; Best Irish Band and Best Live Performance. They clearly don’t take themselves too seriously and the album is packed full of hilarious lyrics such as “Hey! You! Watch your face! You're like Kentucky Fried Chicken, but without the taste.” The best track is I’m Beginning to Think You Prefer Beverly Hills 90210 to Me where they describe firing their manager while incorporating well known nursery rhymes to make their point “Mary had a little lamb, but it got fired!” Maykay has an amazing ability to move from singing softly to screaming profanities in a matter of seconds. She says a lot of the lyrics are heartbreak inspired such as Do You Karate? and Tie Me Up with Jackets. Megameanie is an 8 second long outburst and in Battlestations they admit to hating their own song. It’s madness and at the same time it’s brilliant!

brilliant

i thought this album was brilliant loved every song on it well worth the download in my oppinion :)

jake blunders

Buy the eps instead, far better, they lost their indentity with this recording, awesome band though

Biography

Formed: 2006 in Dublin, Ireland

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Fight Like Apes are a synth pop/alternative rock group formed in Dublin, Ireland, in 2006. Taking influence from sources as diverse as alt-rock luminaries Pixies, Welsh underground punk legends Mclusky, and the short-lived teen sitcom California Dreams, Fight Like Apes' music is defined by sharply distorted synths, the complete absence of guitars, and singer Maykay's shrill tones and pop culture-referencing lyricism. Their brash...
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