A Shrewdness of Apes + Jackie and The Treehorns + Betamax
A Shrewdness of Apes
A Shrewdness of Apes started off with the collaboration of Ian Mabley and Dave Greek as an acoustic duo in late 2012. With the incorporation of their first drummer in mid-2013, they named themselves after the collective noun for monkeys, which Ian thought represented their intricate, melodic yet heavy style. They later cycled through an array of drummers, of which the most permanent was Dan Hanyok. They recorded their first EP in the winter of 2013, and it was released in March 2014. Later that year, Ian moved to DC for a new job, and had to abandon Dave and Dan as members. During the move, Dave and Ian completed recording the second EP, which was released in January 2015. Sumeet Mahal, one of Ian’s high school and college friends, stepped up to play bass for the band in mid-2015. Sumeet and Ian played various shows in the DC area throughout 2016 until they teamed up with the drummer Jared Coffin in early 2017. The band’s first full-length album is scheduled to begin recording in September 2018.
Jackie & The Treehorns
A power trio rooted in the basic tenets of rock, Jackie and The Treehorns create music from just outside the nation’s capital in Alexandria, VA and just outside the mainstream. Formed in 2009 and fronted by Steven Rubin under the guise of an altered ego (Jackie) and his band (The Treehorns) the group fight to keep the flames of the rock and/or roll fire lit with inspired original inventiveness. Jackie and The Treehorns’ music covers a wide sonic palate, taking the listener down familiar paths before detouring towards parts unknown, while Jackie’s lyrics explore topics ranging from celebrity stalkers, serial killers, robots, and hitchhikers to odd phenomena like UFO’s, déjà vu, ghosts, and extraterrestrial party favors.