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The Yard Apes

Midnight Woolf, Mother And Son.

Saturday June 26, 2010 at 10:00 PM
Audience:  18 and over
Karova Lounge
Camp Street, Ballarat
VIC, 3350, Australia.
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The Yard Apes

On a bone-chilling Saturday night in Ballarat, not everyone taking shelter in the popular Karova Lounge was there for the bands. And yet a bill leaning heavily on old-school garage made for solid entertainment as the hours ticked away and drinks loosened up a wide assortment of punters.

Mother And Son acquitted themselves well with just guitar and drums, opening with an instrumental before frontman Bodie offered his ragged voice for sacrifice. A two-piece visiting from Wollongong, the band played garage-hewn blooze with some surf signifiers. There was a frayed, discursive take on The Boxtops classic ‘The Letter’ as well as ‘Dead Yellow Moon’, Mother And Son’s share of a split 7” with local headliners The Yard Apes. Somewhere between the deconstructive chops of The Black Keys and the slipshod carousing of The Black Lips, the set boded well for the band’s new second album.

With double the members and considerably more experience, Melbourne’s Midnight Woolf were a combustible commodity, belting out hooky garage rock with scary urgency. Wearing a Hank Williams shirt and sunnies throughout, singer-guitarist Fuzzhound barked with a throaty grizzle and at one point unleashed a series of Big Bopper-style sound effects. There was no hiding the cheekiness of it all; a cover of Van Morrison’s title-spelling ‘Gloria’ became ‘Mongolia’. But the band was very much on, lending serious swagger even to the silly bits. Swampy noise collided with flecks of rockabilly and proto-punk, while the whole package was delivered with the requisite kick of volume.

While self-described as “trashabilly surf punk”, The Yard Apes came off a bit more straightforward than the first two bands. Headlining a hometown gig, the Ballarat trio commanded a fairly large audience and proved very confident on stage. Sporting big mutton chops, the charismatic frontman at times recalled a nascent Henry Wagons. He was cuddly and sort of badass at once, taking off his western shirt to reveal a white singlet and colourful tattoos as audience members issued tongue-in-cheek catcalls. The drummer held things down well alongside the sturdy bass, while the songs dipped reverently into vintage rock’n’roll.

It was a welcome source of heat as the temperature continued to drop outside and a line of people queued up around the corner to embrace the venue’s post-gig free-for-all.

by Doug Wallen

Your Comments

josejones  said about 5 years ago:

i hear they're changing it to The Porch Monkeys.

hyperfuzz  said about 5 years ago:

Argh, I was just about to post that, Jose...

Is there any other meaning to Yard Ape?

El Pidgerino  said about 5 years ago:
'Children are the offspring of humans. Smaller and immature than the adult they may sometimes be referred to as kids, ''smalls, rug rats, little 'uns, yard apes or similar by modern people'

Gorn  said about 5 years ago:

Best band in Ballarat.

Gorn  said about 5 years ago:

MadTommy  said about 5 years ago:

fair call __v.

no. 6 in your link is basically sums up the drummer as he is a big hairy guy who eats a shit load of bananas and lives in a bungalow in the back yard of a house all the guys shared at one point hence becoming known as the yard ape.

I've been interested in how this name would go down because of that but the guys are standing by the innocence behind it and like the name so I figure what better time to get this info out there in the public forum.

unvisible  said about 5 years ago:

I loved that KFC ad where they dressed up like the Jackson Five.

Gorn  said about 5 years ago:

I can find very little information online to support this claim that ''yard ape'' is a racial slur other than that Urban Dictionary site linked above. I'm not 100% convinced. What authority does this site have?

What about this landscaping company in Connecticut?
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Gorn  said about 5 years ago:

As the above photo proves, many people of different ethnicities can be united under the Yard Apes moniker.

blackbear  said about 5 years ago:

those dirty Yard Apes! get'in all racial n shit! how dare you guys offend people in this day and age!?

carljones  said about 4 years ago:

Lord bless the shit outta them Yard Apes. Wish they'd come to Sydney more often. As far as Mother & Son go, well, I don't want to dribble my arousal all over my chest hair.

midnightwoolf  said about 4 years ago:

On tour with Midnight Woolf,

Fri. 25th of March: WOLLONGONG
at Crown Lane Gallery ( 5 Crown Lane, Wollongong)
with Mother and Son(Album Launch) The Yard Apes and Gooch Palms. $5 entry BYO.
Starts at 6pm

Sat. 26th of March: CANBERRA
The Phoenix (21 East Row, Canberra)
with Black Creek and The Yard Apes. FREE entry
Starts at 9pm

El Pidgerino  said about 4 years ago:

Fri. 24th of JUNE
The Retreat, Brunswick
with Midnight Woolf FREE entry

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