26 Jan

Revolt of the Apes’ interview with Circuit Des Yeux is up now at the official Austin Psych Fest 2014 website. Read the entire interview there, and look for the complete text to show up here in the very near future. Here’s an excerpt:

What was your very first experience performing music live and what element of that experience was most surprising to you – either in a positive or a negative way? What bands or artists persuaded you directly or indirectly to start creating your own music? How do you think your concept of yourself as a musician or artist has evolved since beginning Circuit Des Yeux?

When I was a senior in highschool, my boyfriend at the time was in a band. It was the summer of 2007, and my boyfriend’s band, Katie Leming, Drew Davis, and my friend Kevin Failure of Pink Reason were all kind of hanging out at one particular house. My friend’s parents had left town for like 3 months so people were literally just hanging out there all time, basically wrecking the place. Anyway, my good friend Katie was walking up to the house. It was after her first day on the job at a bank and she was really looking terrible. Come to find out she was robbed at gun point! She was robbed at gunpoint…on the first day of the job! My boyfriend’s band had a set up downstairs for practicing and had all of their instruments plugged in. Katie wrote this really beautiful poem about a cavity she had and we went downstairs and just jammed. She played the drums and yelled out her poem, and I took a beer bottle and rubbed it against a guitar. Drew & Kevin booked us a show for the next night at this really shady sports bar, so we came up with a name, and the next night we played our first show. I didn’t know how to play the guitar, Katie didn’t know how to play the drums, we played to about 10 people and it was fucking awesome. I couldn’t believe how great it felt. I loved it, I felt impowered, and I never went back. I have to thank the people who forced that really surreal event to take place. Eventually the band fell off and I began solo work. The work that Katie and I did together laid an exploratory foundation for the way I approach music. I think I’m much more grounded and refined now, but my music is still based on a feeling, and emotional obstacles.


Revolt of the Apes is pleased, stoked and chuffed to support Austin Psych Fest 2014 through a series of interviews with many of the artists involved, answering the kind of ridiculous questions you’ve come to know and – maybe – love. Many more coming soon.


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