Brain Ape and The ‘Give Me My P45’ Premiere.

Brain Ape – London, England, United Kingdom.


For our previous work on the band – Click Here.

Brain Ape are a London band that we keep good tabs on at MF. The band are somewhat idiosyncratic in some ways, as although they like many toil in and out of all the same trials and tribulations as any underground band, they haven’t let said troubles sink their talons and have still achieved considerable gains.

Despite member changes, they remain as strong as they possibly can with ties to older members and those revolving still strong enough for future collaborations. Their drummer for most of their career is quite unashamedly an alien from Siberia who although has had a higher calling – Click Here – is set to return. We at MF wish Mr. Siberian Alien the best of luck as he does what must be done. *Mildly sarcastic salutes all round*

So for now, the band have a new stick-man. That is not to say the drummer is a stickman though, because that would be ridiculous and rather painful as the force this new being uses to punish his kit would snap his paper-thin physic into smithereens if this was the case.

If you’re new to Brain Ape the following words may well give you a rough idea: Stoner Rock, Punk, Grunge and an oh so dark and damp groove that is that very work-out your sagging neck muscles need.

The band’s last single (linked above) was an accumulation of their accumulated Punk rage and stands in almost complete contrast to this new single, lovingly titled ‘Give Me My P45’.

Not only is this new single boasting the best in production thus far but is also far more in the vein of Brain Ape. ‘Give Me My P45’ is sat somewhere between a refined Grunge sound and a gentle Queens Of The Stone Age-esque stoner-groove and melodies quite invitingly.

Jacob Powell’s drums have already been inadvertently praised while the work of Sol the bass-man and his groove is the solid foundation of the band as it rumbles along on the surface oblivious of all else. Deep down in the dark this isn’t the case however, as this droning rumble compliments the Grunge rhythm guitar of Minky Trés Vain as its Punk refrains in the chorus tease you.

Brain Ape are creating modest underground Rock music and they deserve your time. Time which they will lovingly distort.

Before we go, the band and myself by extension would like to thank Ryan Stephenson for standing as co-producer and engineer on the project.

  • Find the band on Facebook.
  • Find the sister band, A Twisted Carnival, also on Facebook.
  • All the band’s music can be found via their page on Schlimbum Records digitally and on hardcopy.
  • Don’t forget to check out Schlimbum Records for more great UK underground sounds.


Matthew Speer

Matt has 2.1 BA in History and is most likely somewhere in his twenties. He enjoys a wide range of music, but has a strong penchant for Punk-Rock. Originally he hails from the Isle Of Wight off the South Coast of England, UK and spends most of his time around England's South-West.

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