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Fight Like Apes @ Cyprus Avenue – 12/10/08

3 Comments 13 October 2008

A year has passed since we’ve seen Fight Like Apes play Cyprus Avenue, a year in which it is fair to say that the fuse first lit by the blogosphere buzz has ignited, launching the band into the limelight. In the 12 months since FLApes played this venue in Cork they have released a second EP, played Glastonbury, become the darlings-du-jour of NME, toured with The Ting Tings and seen their debut album enter the Top Ten of the Irish charts. Tonight’s gig offers the perfect opportunity to compare and contrast then and now, to see what changes the success of the last year has brought.

In reality there are minor differences and the signs are that this is still a band on the rise. MayKay and Pockets are spotted in the Old Oak before the gig, but left to their own devices and the latter was undisturbed as he joined Tom in watching giveamanakick thrash out a fairly unremarkable warm up set that seemed to only please the headbangers at the front.

The new stage backdrop and slight swell in the merchandising stand are the only initial signs of the band’s growing success, until they take to the stage. The opening bars of songs such as ‘Jake Summers’ and the mere mention of song titles draws rapturous applause from a crowd who now come to see the band they know from their mp3 players, rather than the up and coming act on everyone’s lips. FLApes, as always, give a manic performance, with hints that a new level of professionalism is creeping in. This is no bad thing and the more polished approach, particularly in the dynamic between the lead and backing vocals, enhances rather than detracts from the appeal of songs like ‘Knucklehead’. A stage invader is humoured once by the patient lead singer, but it is clear that his second appearance is distracting from the controlled chaos of the FLApes set.

Unlike last year the gig sells out, and the crowd is composed of fans as opposed to curious on lookers. ‘Something Global’ brings the house down and each member of the band enjoy a crowd surf at various stages of the show’s finale. Considering the lukewarm reception of the support act, it’s fair to say that the name of giveamanakick’s latest album, ‘Welcome To The Cusp’ is a title more befitting tonight’s headliners who are now at a point somewhere between underground hype and big success.

Bucking the trend of the current climate, Fight Like Apes’ stock continues to rise.

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  1. Shane D says:

    Stage Invader in an Indie-pendence T-Shirt according to the band.. Disappointing considering either Tom or Pockets seems to have the aforementioned T-shirt on in regular photo shoots and on-stage at reading… we’ll have to be more picky who we sell them to in future! 🙂

  2. Joe says:

    Stage invader who recognised me after the gig from my day job…not only did he wear an Indie-Pendence T-shirt but I believe his local band played the event..:D


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