APE WAR is a Vancouver, B.C. five piece crust punk/hardcore/noise band that's been going strong for seven years, with 5 self-released EPs. ( Combine Poison Idea and The Jesus Lizard with King Parrot and a hint of The Melvins to get an idea. )
The band features Dylan "Ridylan" Aine, (vocals,Ridylan,) Johnny A (guitar, Cosmonaut, Buried Beneath,) "Squealy" Dan B (guitar, Futur Tits/Heavy Days,) Matt T (bass, Get Over It), and Joe "Paris" S (drums, What's Wrong Tohei?). This is the 4th lineup iteration, with Dylan stepping in for Doug. Dylan came to every Vancouver show, always got the pit going. So it was the obvious choice to ask him to step in.
We have our fifth release "WAR APE" dropping April 5th 2019 ! Everything's short and sweet, and even tho it's different from previous material, it's got the DNA of APE WAR - relentlessness, no extras. If it doesn't rip, we don't play it. We all contribute pretty equally, and scrap any song that we don't all enjoy playing. If something is too complicated, we dumb it down, rock it up! So if a song ends up being 45 seconds long, so be it - no filler. Recorded in just one weekend by Jesse Gander and Mastered by Stu McKillop at Rain City ( of course) the EP captures our intensity and energy of our live shows.
Witchfight Demo Review
“...The band's bizarre noisy mix of punk and hardcore, with an occasional metallic tinge, which rises and falls in prominence depending on the song, is hard to understand, but even harder to turn off. Ape War are at their best at their most chaotic...” B. Zorgdrager, Exclaim! 2012
Templar EP review
“Opener “Corgy” begins with the kind of skewed punk-jazz awkwardness of local legends Nomeansno, before careening headlong into 40 seconds of frenzied hardcore abandon. Before you know it, Ape War have blitzed through three tracks in barely two minutes...It's unexpected, it's punishing, it's bloody brutal.” W. Pedly, Discorder, 2013
“Picture Toxic Holocaust but emphasizing a Crust Punk foundation and you get the general idea of this release. 8/10” Apoch's Metal Review, 2013
“Most likely half of you are not going to enjoy it, I know both me and Ollie did not...I wasn't expecting that...it's screamy, stampy,shouty bollocks”
K.Perez, O. Hynes, Unsigned Band of the Week segment Metalunderground.com Podcast Ep 42
“You guys fucking slayed last night” - guy on our facebook page, 2014
Thanks for checking us out! If you like it, we'll happily send you the 7" vinyl or stickers, just contact us;