Words: Jasmine Uitermark-Thaung
Full of that tasty grunge rock we all know the Perth music scene loves, Filthy Apes are back with new EP, Lunar Solar Dreamer. Redefining their sound with a more mature insight and riffs that singe the tips of your nostrils like a cigarette lit too close to your face, the band have delivered a record that runs like a well-oiled machine.
Showcasing their familiar slow-burner rock, the EP begins with Mystic Lights – a tribute to those days when you just can’t get out of bed or do much of anything. It’s a short track that flows well into lead single Lunar Solar Dreamer, a dead ringer for that well-developed sound you’ve come to expect from Filthy Apes shows.
The Perth band have an affinity for guitars packed out with reverb and it’s that fuzz that carries listeners into Oblong. The track, which follows on from Lunar Solar Dreamer features weighted lyrics, drawn out riff echoes and hard hitting drums to thrash your head to. Most noteworthy in the new Filthy Apes songs is the psych-wave rock influence we’re vibing off.
Blue Honey Pt.2 is my standout from this release. While the other tracks contain traces of new ideas and more of a punk rock influence than I expected, Blue Honey Pt. 2 grips you right in the feels from the beginning with a guitar intro that sets up the atmosphere for its melancholic journey. You’ll play this one on repeat regardless of your situation.