Maraya Vavasis - Vocals, Antony D'Alessandro - Guitar, Brandon Robertson - Guitar, Miki Rich - Bass, Paul D'Alessandro - Drums
The Sweet Apes are a female fronted quintet from the inner west of Sydney, channeling an array of influences to create a sound that conveys passion, strength and beauty. With a soaring lead vocal complementing a heavy rhythmic engine room, The Sweet Apes add fresh fuel to the fire that is Australian heavy music. On the back of opening Sydney Soundwave in 2012, as well as slots at Sounds Loud Festival and Push Over Festival at the start of 2012 and 2013, The Sweet Apes have taken their brand of Melodic Popcore around the country, experiencing great success in front of a vast variety of audiences. Bolstered by a national headline tour through May to July of 2013 along the East Coast of Australia, before touring nationally with Loud Festival in August, The Sweet Apes prepare to release their new single "Flight", hitting the road in support of the track with The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus (US) and Red Beard (QLD) for 7 dates across Australia in November, with headline dates in December to follow. www.facebook.com/TheSweetApes www.youtube.com/innocentfiend http://itunes.apple.com/au/album/the-sweet-apes-ep/id566343341
Sydney hardcore 5-piece THE SWEET APES are rocking our world with their combination of epic heaviness with soaring melodies...and they're only 16 years old! Check out their mega tune 'Police Cops'.
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
We developed our sound through the bands we listen to. Majority of our influences are heavy bands. With a female vocalist, we were able to create something more unique. A sound that unifies the heavy music with clean dominated vocals.
What’s it like trying to gig and tour as a school-age band?
It's a big disadvantage. We're in our most important year in high school now, we just started year 12. Also,l being underage (16-17), our parents are still concerned for us. We are limited to where and when we are able to tour and gig. Our songwriting process is also not as fast as it could be, but we manage to make enough time for band.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
We think that every piece of advice is the best. The people who listen to our covers and originals, our parents and producer and managers, even our own observations have helped us advance towards improving different aspects of our sound and presentation.
Who are some inspiring front-women that you think people should check out?
Justin Bieber has gone a long way from Youtube, I think many people should follow her steps of success.
What’s coming up for you in the rest of 2011 and looking to 2012?
We have plenty of gigs coming up for the rest of 2011, including an acoustic one. We also plan to finish 3 more originals to play some new material live. 2012 is going to start off pretty big, we have an east- coast tour in January, as well as the Hope Out West Fest that we will be playing at, which we're really excited for. We're recording our EP early in the year as well.
Australian music is…?
...amazing! The majority of all we listen to is Aussie. In all different genres, there is so much talent being showcased by all the bands from here.View Profile Hide Interview