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My reasons for making Apes From Space band of the week:

Apes From Space used to play cover songs, and I guess I think I know what song they got the inspiration for their name from. The band is still unsigned, but don’t let that stop you from checking them out. This is forceful rock with a twist of rockabilly – and each song is a real mood lifter. The cool name and the amusing lyrics reveal a great sense of humour, and I’d really like to see what their live show looks like.
Can you give a brief presentation of the band and the music?

Apes From Space, a band forming out of the family urge of playing music. 3 cousins were suddenly in Oslo in the summertime 2005 and Apes From Space, influenced by rock from The Beatles to Motörhead, started our ongoing journey as a cover band. The first gig was wintertime 2005 with Metallica – Wasting my Hate and Billy Idol – Rebel Yell performed AFS-style. Since then Apes From Space has gotten a new, non-family, member playing the saxophone, and has spread happy rock music and energy on many occasions, i.e. at Rockefeller, John Dee, Gamla, Elm Street, Skuret etc.

In 2009 we started making our own music, some kind of happy clap rock, influenced by many genres simultaneously – metal, garage, 60s, 70s rock. With this music, we entered GBOB (semi-final) and Emergenza-festival (Final – 4. place), and in November 2009 the EP Nothin’ Yet was recorded. Playing at Musikkfest 2010 (Birkelunden) in June, getting our EP available at Spotify the summer of 2010, Apes From Space is now ready for new gigs (and hopefully festivals?!) in 2011, already planned a few gigs in the Oslo area, with more and more own rock in the rock bag.

Why do you play this type of music?

We make and play music we both like ourselves and believe others will enjoy. Our goal is that our music, live or recorded, shall be a source of happy energy and that people will hopefully enjoy themselves as much as we do.

Who and what inspires you?

Music of all categories, as long as it’s rock, a singing crowd, beer..

Do you want be rich and famous, or do you like it in the underground? Why?

As we believe all musicians do, Apes From Space also has a dream of having music as a job. Wealth and fame itself is not important, but we guess a certain level of both is needed to quit our day jobs. As for now, we enjoy our music being a serious hobby at an underground level with the dream still alive.

Which strategy do you have for success in the music industry?

Success, we guess, is the dream of having music as a profession. We play music because we love it, so our strategy is playing gigs and making our music available at Spotify, MySpace etc, and hopefully people will enjoy it, and success will come from that.

If you could change places with a band, and take all they have achieved, who would you switch places with?

All of us have different answers here – Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Metallica etc. – but if we have to find a common platform and a band at a present time, Apes From Space have to say: AC/DC as a still ongoing band and The Beatles if we could go back in time – both upgraded with a saxophone in the line up!


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