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Ape Apocalypse + Ken South Rock

by Gina Song and Jon Hemmings

Rock, swing-mosh, primates, and a yukata sum up what happened on Thursday night in K-town. It was an average night in K-Town... Well, except for the rock, swing-mosh, primates, and a yukata.

Ape Apocalypse, Ken South Rock, The Apes Have Landed

▲ Ape Apocalypse
Photo(s) by Ty Cooper - © 2008-2014

Ape Apocalypse is a newly reformed Kaohsiung band, risen phoenix-like from the ashes of the group formerly known as The Apes Have Landed. They are a bunch of space hominids who create sounds that encompass a variety of genres ranging from sci-fi-rock & roll to western soundtracks to punk to psychedelic rock to ska, or, as they call it, "the primitive sounds of post-human primates bashing on the instruments of mass destruction".

The Apes put on a performance that was BANANAS. Their particular mix of styles set off a flurry of spontaneous dance, in styles ranging from swing-ish rock & roll moves to headbanging to monkey dancing.

The Apes set was characterized by good showmanship and innovative stage preparation. The stage was decorated with bananas,which at the end of the show were thrown into the crowd. Banana hats abounded and Planet of the Apes (The Charlton Heston original) sound effects and background videos were played on a projector during and between songs. Overall the band played an enjoyable and entertaining show, and they are definitely a must-watch if you have the chance.

Ape Apocalypse, Ken South Rock, The Apes Have Landed

▲ Ape Apocalypse
Photo(s) by Ty Cooper - © 2008-2014

Ken South Rock is an American/Japanese duo who play raw passionate rock. They have been touring all over Asia and are one of the most talked about bands in the underground scene right now. Interviews, big shows, small gigs, this review; they are pretty much all over the place these days, and for a good reason: they kicked ass.

On stage, one could not miss Ken in his eye-catching red yukata, and shirtless Adam with his epic mass of crazy curls. These simple yet strikingly contrary stage outfits added to the uniqueness to the show.

Ape Apocalypse, Ken South Rock, The Apes Have Landed

▲ Ken South Rock
Photo(s) by Ty Cooper - © 2008-2014

KSR’s set lasted roughly 30 minutes; short, yes. However, after witnessing the after-effects of KSR’s stamina and spirit-packed performance I could totally understand the necessity of its shortness. For every moment of their set people jumped non-stop. It was a loud carnival of beaten drums, screaming guitars and thrashing bodies in motion. Needless to say, everyone was left exhausted after the most animated mosh I have seen in Kaohsiung thus far.

KSR's set was a visually and aurally explosive chemical reaction. Endorphins were released and the public was in frenzy for the length of the entire show. Tired but smiling sweaty faces abounded; everyone who attended had an absolutely rocking time.

Ape Apocalypse, Ken South Rock, The Apes Have Landed

▲ Ken South Rock
Photo(s) by Ty Cooper - © 2008-2014

Ape Apocalypse:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ape-Apocalypse/132760733498100
http://theapeshavelanded.bandcamp.com

Ken South Rock:
http://www.kensouthrock.com

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