Guano Apes

The time has come to welcome back the Guano Apes.

When they leapt onto the scene over a decade ago, the Apes were heralded as a much-needed injection of thrills for a languorous rock scene dominated by old men and the odd rock bride. The Guano Apes sounded as fresh and looked as bright as powdered Alpine snow, an image reinforced by their “Lords of the Boards” single which sold in excess of a quarter of a million copies as they hurtled down the slopes with fearless abandon.

It was almost as if the Guano Apes had created a new brand of guitar song which they promptly claimed as their own and only loosened their grip when the aforementioned difficulties led to their very public disintegration. Unstoppable as they seemed, they stopped themselves – yet incredibly, there did not seem to be any other bands waiting in the wings to take over their position.

The Guano Apes – reunited in the line-up which brought them their greatest successes to date (Henning Rümenapp, Dennis Poschwatta, Stefan Ude and Sandra Nasic) – are that rarest of phenomena, a German band which has gone global. “Proud Like A God”, their debut album alone went gold and platinum in various countries on the back smash hitsingle “Open Your Eyes”, seeing the band tour Europe and the USA for an eighteen month period. Even when the Apes had retired from active service, their “Big In Japan” single proved to be a self-fulfilling prophesy, becoming the official theme of the Japanese Formula 1 Grand Prix in 2009.
It’s a pleasure to be able to say that the Guano Apes are indeed sounding more energized, leaner and fitter than ever. And packing a mighty punch.

Bel Air, that most famous of Los Angeles districts, lends its name to the album, a clear enough indication that the band is consciously breaking into new territory, no longer walking on a thin line, so to speak. From the anthemic oceans of “When The Ships Arrive” to the playful jaunt of “Sunday Lover”, Sandra’s exuberant delivery is complemented by a laser sharp rhythm section who step back into the arena with renewed vigour.

It really does feel like The Guano Apes are ready for anything now. The fire in their eyes is burning bright.