Stranger Than Strangers, the long awaited debut album from Melbourne’s APES, will be released May 19.
Produced by Michael Belsar (Hunting Grounds), the 11 track album was recorded in Melbourne over four years and features the work of some of the world’s finest audio wizards. Mastered by Grammy Award winning engineer Brian Lucey (Arctic Monkeys, Black Keys, Saskwatch, The Shins) and mixed by Mark Rankin (Adele, QOTSA, Foster the People, Florence and The Machine), Bill Skibbe (The Black Keys, The Kills, Fucked Up), Jackson Barclay (Birds Of Tokyo, Sarah Blasko, Daniel Johns, Luke Steele) and Malcolm Besley (Northeast Party House, Client Liaison, City Calm Down).
Stranger Than Strangers is a stunning departure from their first EP Helluva (2013) and perfectly captures their distinctly developed sound.
Of the album APES singer Benjamin Dowd says:
“We’ve spent the better part of four years making our first album. Along the way we’ve grown a lot…. musically and as people. The process was pretty unorthodox at a lot of different times and places throughout it, I feel that definitely rings throughout the record.
“Before we began writing we spoke with our friend Michael Belsar about doing an EP. We started working together and he really bought out something different in us musically, encouraged us to experiment a lot more sonically. I guess we got a little lost on the way and ended up writing an album. Now we are just very excited and eager to release it.”
Since earning nods from triple j and BBC Radio 1 with their 2014 hit single ‘Pull The Trigger’, the Melbourne via Ballarat 4 piece are already receiving high praise for their impressive lead single, ‘If You want It’ and the newly released second single FILTER.