|Apes and Androids
|awesomeness comes to town
Eric Hagemann - February 23, 2008
Though Apes & Androids have only been on the scene since
March 2006, the Internet is already dotted with "Clapton Is God"-type pronouncements
on the band.One reads: "Apes & Androids Are The Future" (Brooklyn Ski Club).None
among us can say where Apes & Androids will go from here.But with the best
live show in NY and a catalogue of impeccably crafted songs, Apes & Androids
set a new benchmark.How good will bands of coming years have to be to compete?
As A&A demonstrate: pants-shittingly awesome.Interview with Brian Jacobs,
guitar and co-lead vocals.
With things moving so quickly for you guys, how does it feel?
We're finally doing the things with our shows that we've always wanted to do,
and the fact that all these people are embracing it makes it one gigantic dream
come true.The crowds at our shows have been amazing.The people who come out
to our shows are so cool and willing to get down with us!It just motivates us
to work even harder and make our next show even better.It's all very envigorating.
There's vigor everywhere. It's getting all over everything.
You guys have been playing together many years, but your first show was just
a few months ago. Why the long wait?
David and Eric and I had played in a previous band together.Apes & Androids
formed around December of 2005 after we'd connected with Will and Morgan, but
we didn't play our first show until the end of March. We needed the four months
to incubate, to learn the new material we'd been writing and figure out how
to play together.That was pretty easy, actually, because Will and Morgan are
both insanely gifted musicians.It took us like six years but David and I have
finally developed an extremely successful set of techniques for tricking people
into our band.
Tell me about your background with [co-lead singer] David.
David and I grew up together.We started writing songs together in 5th grade
and had a band through middle and most of high school (we totally rocked battle
of the bands).During our sophomore year we started what would be called a "side
project" if it didn't immediately become The Project itself.It was just the
two of us holed up in David's room with a Tascam 8-track and then a primitive
version of Pro Tools.We discovered overdubbing.Suddenly, there were a million
possibilities that weren't there before.We could use more than just bass, drums
and guitars.We could use twelve guitars!The studio was also liberating because
we could finally sit there and work through new ideas without having to first
get approval from the rest of the band or each other.I think that was a really
formative period in our creative relationship.We've developed our techniques
and style since then, but the essence of the collaboration is still based on
the same sense of exploration.
How did the 4-part Gregorian chant-like harmonies - one of your signature
moves - come into practice?
We're all obsessed with vocal harmony.There's just something undeniably magical
about it.It was actually banned from the church for a while in the 14th century
for, among other things, being distractingly beautiful.We started experimenting
with it as soon as our recording systems allowed us more tracks.I can remember
the first thing I did when we first got a new 24-track version of Pro Tools
was record 24 tracks of vocals.Is there anything better???
"We're finally doing the things with our shows that we've always wanted to do, and the fact that all these people are embracing it makes it one gigantic dream come true."
Apes and Androids
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The Future according to Brooklyn Ski Club