The Apes

The Apes (sometimes just Apes) are a noisy, guitarless garage rock foursome from Washington, D.C.. The band formed in 1999 with the lineup of singer Paul Weil, keyboard player Amanda Kleinman (an Arts College advisor by day), bassist Erick Jackson, and drummer Jeff Schmid. They released their first EP themselves, two albums on the New York label Frenchkiss, and an EP on Planaria Records before moving to San Francisco's Birdman Records which released an EP and the band's third full-length album.

The Apes
OriginWashington, D.C., U.S.
Years active1999–2010
LabelsFrenchkiss, Birdman
Past members
  • Erick Jackson
  • Jeff Schmid
  • Amanda Kleinman
  • Paul Weil (1999–?)
  • Joe Halladay (?–2006)
  • Breck Brunson (2006–2010)

The band has seen its three instrumentalists remain a constant while three different men have filled the shoes of lead singer. Paul Weil left the band and was replaced by Joe Halladay, and in 2006 Halladay left the band and was replaced by the visual artist Breck Brunson, whose first recorded tracks appeared on a CD-R the band sold during its 2006 U.S. tour in support of Liars. The band's fourth full-length album, titled Ghost Games, was released in early 2008 on Gypsy Eyes Records. In 2010, three of the band members moved to Heavy Breathing.[1]

The band members are sometimes known by the pseudonyms Lucius Twilight (Brunson),[2] Jackie Magik (Jackson),[3] Majestic Ape (Kleinman),[3] Count 101 (Weil),[3] and Ronald Wolf (Schmid).[4]


Year Title Format Label
2000 Luv is Real 12" EP Glove Music
2001 The Fugue in the Fog CD/LP Frenchkiss
2002 Street Warz CD/10" vinyl EP Planaria
2003 OddEyeSee CD Frenchkiss
2004 Tapestry Mastery CD/10" vinyl EP Birdman
2005 Baba's Mountain CD Birdman
2006 2006 Tour CD-R self-released
2008 Ghost Games CD/LP Gypsy Eyes


  1. ^ Schweitzer, Ally (December 6, 2013). "Prepare for New Music From D.C.'s Apes". Washington City Paper. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
  2. ^ 30th, Mike Diver March (March 30, 2007). "DiS @ SXSW: the review". DrownedInSound. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Segal, Dave (June 25, 2003). "The Apes". Cleveland Scene. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
  4. ^ Begrand, Adrien (May 18, 2003). "The Apes: Oddeyesee". PopMatters. Retrieved December 9, 2016.

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