fight like apes

Fight Like Apes played a couple of live dates over the weekend, including a headline slot at Dolan’s Warehouse in Limerick and absolutely packing them in at the Globe for the Camden Crawl Dublin. They’re playing Cyprus Avenue in Cork on Saturday, which should be entertaining. I’ve seen them there a couple times over the years in what were some of the most memorable shows in the venue; FLApes crowdsurfing to the back of the room was particularly memorable.

They also have a much discussed Fund It campaign that’s nearing its end. They need €20,000, which Julie Feeney raised a couple years ago on the site. But a lot of people have raised an eyebrow at the amount Maykapes et al are looking for. At the time of writing, at about 2pm on May 6, they’re tipping at the €11k mark. When they campaign began, both Jim Carroll (“The fact is the band no longer have a label to keep them in the style to which they were accustomed and they’re going to their fans to fund what they need) and Nialler9 (“It’s hard out there for a band… I would imagine if there’s one band in Ireland capable of such support it would be the Apes”) wrote blog posts about it.

Fight Like Apes were quite taken aback by the negative comments directed at them. They told Hot Press recently: “In the past, when there was any negativity surrounding the group, we’d have said, ‘Fuck you’. We didn’t care. Unfortunately, with something like this, when you’re running a campaign to raise money, it’s actually our job to listen to what people have to say. Whereas before I wouldn’t have given a shit. With this, I do kinda have to give a shit. People are getting pissed off about it and I’m not afraid to say I was surprised.” They’ve also had much support, though, including from the queen of crowdfunding, Amanda Palmer:

Fight Like Apes’ Fund It campaign ends on Monday. So Saturday’s show in Cyprus Avenue is either going to be rather funereal or all the drinks will be on them. Yesterday they put a demo on Soundcloud to entice people to donate money. ‘Pretty Keen On Centrefolds’ is typical Fight Like Apes in the best way, though, obviously enough, they say that the album version will be miles better. If you’re not a fan of the band already it won’t convert you; if you’re a lapsed fan, then ‘Pretty Keen…’ might just have you reaching for your wallets…