Stress Ape, Vigilante, Catacombs of Rome Soundboard

When: Sun., Aug. 31, 9:30 p.m. 2008

One of the most aptly named bands I can think of offhand, Stress Ape is part of the local Hardscrabble Amateurs cassette scene that also includes Mayor Daley, Cave, and Rotten Milk vs. Bubblegum Shitface. The band’s latest release, 42012, is the perfect soundtrack for giggling maniacally while beating the guy in the next cubicle to death with a femur. Not quite industrial, not quite noise, not quite Melt-Banana spaz rock and yet closely related to all three, Stress Ape stake out a niche for themselves by acting erratically enough to make potential competitors edge away nervously—yet there’s a crisp, lean quality to their fucking about that suggests Machiavellian premeditation. According to the Bottle’s calendar, this is their last show. —Monica Kendrick

Price: $3

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