With their second album The Body of Christ and the Legs of Tina Turner garnering widespread critical acclaim in advance of its nationwide release, it is safe to say that there was a strong air of anticipation surrounding this special album launch.
A limited number of wristbands were available in Tower Records from 9am on Thursday morning and were snapped up within the hour, leaving many fans disappointed – but certainly not the FLApes faithful who queued outside the store from as early as 3am.
Lucky competition winners were granted early access to the store for a meet & greet with the Apes – a great gesture on behalf of the band, who casually mingled amongst their fans, signing autographs and posing for photographs. As lead singer MayKay remarked, “It’s so nice to be able to do this – normally when we do signings they can be quite rushed, but to be able to walk around and chat with the fans is really great”.
MayKay and Pockets joined Jenny Huston and Dan Hegarty – who were co-hosting a special 2FM live broadcast from within Tower Records to mark occasion – for a live interview in front of the audience of fans gathered. Constant laughter and somewhat controversial remarks aside, what really came across from the interview is that the band are genuinely proud of the album; no hint was given as to which track will be the next single – “there’s about 11 songs we’re trying to choose from” was the confident response to the question was posed.
At 10:30pm doors opened to the remaining wristband holders, who rushed towards the back of store to claim a good vantage-point for the live performance. The band arrived onto the Tower Records stage to a rapturous reception, and launched straight into their set with ‘Poached Eggs’, followed by latest single ‘Hoo Ha Henry’. What is startling is the amount of attendees who sang along word-for-word – the fact that songs debuted online in the weeks preceding its release were so well devoured by fans is testament to the sense of anticipation which has surrounded the album.
Other tracks showcased were ‘Come On, Let’s Talk About Our Feelings’ and ‘Katmandu’. ‘Snore Bore Whore’ is the only song from debut album Fight Like Apes and the Mystery of the Gold Medallion to be included in the short-but-sweet set, which concluded with epic album-closer ‘Ice Cream Apple F*ck’ as midnight approached and the album officially went on sale.
Overall, the performance made for a great sample of what to expect when the band take the album on tour later in the year. The Tower Records event was Fight Like Apes’ only full-band public performance in Dublin in honour of the launch of The Body of Christ and the Legs of Tina Turner – but you can catch the band live at Cyprus Avenue in Cork tonight, at Roisin Dubh in Galway (tomorrow) Saturday 28th August, and on Sunday 5th September at Electric Picnic in Stradbally Hall, Co. Laois.
Photos by Kieran Frost.