You May Like This: Fight Like Apes

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Fight Like Apesannounce breakup and final gigs

What you may need to know…

01. Dublin indie/pop veterans Fight Like Apes announced their imminent split on social media this morning, following a prolonged radio silence. It closes a career that includes two Choice Music Prize nominations.

02. The band last year released their self-titled third album, a slightly calmer affair than its slightly overcaffeinated predecessors, Fight Like Apes and the Mystery of the Golden Medallion, and The Body of Christ & The Legs of Tina Turner, bearing an energy for which the band became infamous live.

03. Streaming above is the video for Crouching Bees, the lead-off single from the aforementioned eponymous long-player. Not to pick favourites, but it’d be silly to just horse Jake Summers into their eulogy.

04. The band’s farewell statement included the announcement of their final gigs. Write the band:

Stick a fork in us, we’re done.

We’ve been quiet for a while now. We’ve had a lot of thinking and talking to do.
We’d be here all year if we started listing the people we wanted to thank, so we’ll just do that in our own time.

You’ll see us all again under different musical guises but, these 3 shows will be Fight Like Apes’ last. We want to call it a day while we’re all still pals and are proud of what we’ve done.

And we are very, very proud.

It’s a deadly time in so many ways to be in a band; you can have so much control over your work if you’re clever; you can release it how and when you like and in our opinion, right now, Ireland is the healthiest it’s ever been in terms of talent and diversity.

But, there are massive challenges for a lot of bands, mostly financial, that make this a tough job and sadly, those obstacles have become too big for us.

I think we all know that we’re going to hear announcements like this more often. A lot of people don’t seem to understand that we can’t keep producing records if you keep not paying for them. Bands are having to sell beautiful albums for €2.99, labels can’t give you as much support since they’re losing income too and our alternative radio stations* are practically non existent now, meaning so many wonderful bands will not get a chance to get played on radio as they’ll be competing with huge pop acts.

Please buy your music in independent record stores or directly from the band.

Don’t fool yourself in to thinking that your £10 subscription to Deezer and Spotify helps us at all. It does not. Look how many bands are on there and do the maths.

Please go to gigs. Please buy merch.

Thanks to all you entirely crazy, wonderful people who have supported us and danced and screamed with us over the past 10 years. We could never thank you enough.

I still can’t believe some of the amazing things we’ve done together and how far we came.

If you want to come see us here’s how:

November 24th, The Roisin Dubh, Galway (free)

November 25th, Connollys of Leap, Cork

December 9th – back to where we had a our very first gig 10 years ago – Whelans, Dublin.

FLA out.

-MK, Jamie, Conor, Pete-

*RIP TXFM. We absolutely adore you and everything you’ve done for music in Ireland.

VERDICT: Another veteran act calls it a day in a time of transition for an active Irish music scene. They’ll be sadly missed, but this upcoming tour ought to be the New Orleans funeral that Fight Like Apes deserves.

Fight Like Apes

30 thoughts on “You May Like This: Fight Like Apes

  1. Might Like Shapes

    Thank Jebus for that. A blight on the ears. Shouting is not an adequate substitute for actual vocal skill. In any other country this band would have been ignored and died sooner. Hopefully they’ll delete their catalogue of “music” so we don’t have to hear it on the radio ever again.

    1. SomeChump

      No need to be nasty. It’s not like they were hard to avoid. I don’t think I’ve heard their music for years. They were a small band who tried and did reasonably well for themselves for a good few years. Fair play to them.

      I’d guess from your sneering attitude that you haven’t created any form of music or art yourself. If you had you’d understand how difficult it was to work at it for as long as they have and would show a little respect.

      1. Might Like Shapes

        I’ve created that comment, in it is more artistic merit than the entire output of FLA. Their lack of success speaks volumes, no one wanted to pay to hear their guff, and now they’re gone. The system works. Next up, Ham Sandwich to go thto same way.

      1. SomeChump

        No, just don’t like people who offer nothing posting nasty stuff about some ordinary people who made music on the day they announce they’re breaking up the band. It’s not like they got rich out of it or anything.

        1. scottser

          as a drummer, i can confirm that as a species we don’t gruntle. we flam and we paradiddle, but we never, ever gruntle.

  2. Junkface

    Thats a shame about the break up. I’ve seen Fight like Apes a few times live, and they were great! Who can actually make a living off music nowadays? Hardly anyone, and spotify is not good for lesser known bands, they pay nothing. Its a great time for Music and independence in production, but its the worst time for musicians financially. Its a real shame.

    Best of luck for the future guys!

    1. Kieran NYC

      Yep, and that’s why you get the bigger stars charging outrageous prices for gigs. Because no one pays for their albums. Not rocket science, unfortunately.

  3. Mic

    So many musicians struggle to make a living. Streaming is absolutely killing the independent scene. If 100 of you were to stream a song by a particular artist, they’d be lucky to see €0.03. Independent and small local artists can’t exactly live off that.
    Streaming, while handy, is something I do not use. I’d much rather pay €0.99 for a song and own it forever, rather than streaming it in a subscription-based nonsense.

    Live gigs, as a result, also suffer. This is why you have bands, such a nameless two piece Athy pop-rock act, who spend thousands on a PR project and get their faces all over the papers and whatnot before actually doing the work and climbing the ladder like bands such as The Frames and, dare I say it, FLApes used to.

    I’m amazed how many musicians I respect are forced to work other jobs. It’s quite sizeable. It’s best I don’t name names, but I was quite shocked when the singer of a well-known Dublin band who, at one point were signed to a major UK label, delivered Tesco shopping to my mother’s house.

    Oh the times they are a changing.

      1. Mic

        Well, if you got 10k spare, you’d be able to get on the front cover an Irish music magazine that calls itself an institution along with favourable review and a 2-4 page spread.

        In something totally unrelated, Picture This and Keywest were on the cover of Hot Press recently weren’t they?

        1. Bertie Blenkinsop

          We could crowdfund to get Scottser’s band on the front cover, there’s enough of us here.
          Oh wait, we all hate each other, never mind, just a thought.

    1. Neilo

      In fairness, Joe O’Reilly from Swim tended bar in The Crane during the early-mid 90’s when that combo was still a going concern.

  4. Mourinho

    Happy retirement guys.

    No need for the spiel though. I was in bands that weren’t good enough either.

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