Apes of the State w/ Trash Boat and The Ambush, Venray

All Ages
Friday, October 07
Doors: 7:30pm

Doors at 7:30 | Show at 8
All Ages

Apes of the State is an independent Lancaster, PA based folk/pop/punk band.

April’s first release, “All I Did This Summer Was Go to Rehab (2014),” can be self-described as equal parts cringey and genius. It documents her first ever experiments in song writing and sobriety after uprooting her life in New Jersey to start over post-rehab in Lancaster, PA. A short EP of songs, “Things I Never Meant to Tell You” followed in 2015 featuring songs that would later be worked into the full band known as “Apes of the State.” 2016 brought the band’s first recording, “This City Isn’t Big Enough” which was a far leap both instrumentally and quality wise from the lofi solo bedroom recordings. Their second full length album, “Pipe Dream” was released in November of 2019. “Pipe Dream” features a more dynamic sound, with the band introducing the use of percussion and electric guitar on some of the tracks.

Their sound is very lyrical, influenced by storyteller singer/songwriters such as Paul Baribeau and Everyone Except Me. Apes of the State takes the simplicity and straightforward, emotional writing style of these influences and combines it with the drive and power of a full acoustic band. Their sound is under constant evolution but is deeply rooted in punk rock, folk, and bluegrass. As a band, they are driven by DIY ethics with a goal of helping as many people as possible with their music. They sing songs about whatever makes them feel things, like love, heartbreak, student loan debt, regret, and overcoming addiction.

George Orwell claimed that “All art is propaganda.” Trash Boat and the Ambush embodies this idea without subtlety. The DC based group hops the barbed-wire fence between straightforward punk rock and alt country, with appropriate amounts of distortion and twang. They’re a power trio, with the occasional guest jumping in on harmonica or horns, composed of Andrew Pendergrast, who uses Trash Boat as his nom de guerre, on guitar and vocals, Nick Peavy (also of Horsemanship and Reach Row Throw Go!) on bass and John Heinze (also of Everyday Everybody) on drums. Their first cassette release, “Songs for the Class War,” is available on Bandcamp, Spotify and other streaming platforms.