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Mostly Ape

by Drums and Tuba

Feb. 2002 More of a rock record, Mostly ape covers new territory for DT.. shorter songs and turned up to 10. Outakes from this recording session can be found on Gas Up, Blow Up.
Genre: Rock: Math Rock
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1. Brain Liaters
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2. Igor Rosso
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3. Sevens
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4. The Metrics
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5. 4Style
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6. Elephants
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7. Clashing
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8. Air Con Dee
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9. Superbee
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10. Breakfast with Miletus
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11. Goose Geese
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12. Magoo
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Album Notes
"It still doesn't make a whole lot of sense out of context, but Mostly Ape is Drums & Tuba's most consistent work, a piece that explores evolution, man's place in it, and what it all means for the future -- we think. The 12 songs are interchangeable (the closer, "4Style," with emphasis on the tuba half of its moniker, is the most distinct track), but they offer a thoroughly modern alternative to instrumental music." ~
Michael Gallucci, All Music Guide

"Oh yea, I have this record ! " Mike Watt

The band's music sounds like a mixture of skid row jazz, carnivalesque clown tunes, classical odes, and punk rock (on The Flying Ballerina they even interpret the Minutemen's "God Bow's To Math") . They achieve this by retaining elements from multiple sources and crafting their own sound with a laid back sensibility. Box Fetish, the first CD of this collection (running time: 53 minutes), features, along with the solid drum and tuba rhythm section, the twangy and progressive guitar of Neil McKeeby, who sounds vaguely influenced by downtown NYC superstars like Marc Ribot, Arto Lindsay, and Elliot #. Together with the tight drumming of Anthony Nozero (who also doubles on alto sax), this trio builds up some playfully dour soul music for disheartened rock and rollers of the emerging 21st century.
cris gardner Jambands.com


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the very finest
This is a great CD. It shows the diversity and amazing musicianship D&T is capable of. Spacey noodles give way to tight-ass total rock out moments that make me want to throw stuff and/or flop around on the floor. Tension! Dynamics! Cool sounds! I dance around like a buffoon, I stick my head in the speaker and howl, I pump my fists in the air and grunt. And if the music and excellent playing weren't enough, it's recorded really well. Sounds gooooood. D&T is one of those rare bands that has a unique vision and is actually doing something new and interesting that totally works.


Unconventional arrangement = Universally appreciated music
This is by far one of my favorite D & T albums. The music varies from ambience, jazz, funk, rock, etc there are too many influences. This is one of those CD's (and bands) that can pull a room full of different people together.
From the Primus-like funk of "Metrics" to the brooding "Brain Laiters" this CD is a very fundamentally and technically cohesive album. If you thought the CD was good you should see em live, improvisation that will blow your mind!

David Esrati

You'll go ape for this
I can't get this cd out of my CD player.
Reminds me of 70's funk crossed with the Rebirth Brass Band.
Heard "Superbee" on NPR between stories and had to have it.
Ordered on a Monday- Got the CD's by Wed. Thank you CD Baby!

Arni Zachariassen

I like it alot
This is the only cd I have from Drums and Tube. What initially attracted me to the band was their name, which reflects their concept. I love the fact that they have a tuba instead of a bass. I guess you could describe the music as just friends jamming. The songs have structure and melody, although kind of loose. The riff in "The Metrics" just wouldn't leave me for an entire day. Awesome riff! They seem to know each other well and are very tight. You can hear that they are good musicians and their downplaying is very cool and charming. They go for a lo-fi kind of sound, which works very well. I really like this cd, because it's different, fun and overall very good and well played. I like the cover very much too.