Enchanted Ape's unique approach to roots music strikes a balance between the worlds of acoustic and electric, blues and jazz, chaos and order. An array of carefully-crafted songs are set free to develop organically, elevating the music to dramatic peaks that can only be achieved by taking chances.
The band's sound originates from acoustic folk and blues, but if you've seen them live, you know they are anything but traditional. Tribal percussion, blistering guitar work and soulful vocal harmonies all contribute to the group's dynamic performances. Described as passionate, unpredictable and downright freaky, the Ape tears into its material with unbridled enthusiasm night after night.
Enchanted Ape's earthy sound, improvisational flair and grassroots approach has drawn comparisons to such influential acts as the Allman Brothers Band, Little Feat, Widespread Panic and String Cheese Incident.
Since the release of their debut album, Three Ring Symphony in 2005, the band has toured practically non-stop, highlighted by appearances at 10,000 Lakes Festival and Milwaukee's Summerfest. In 2008, the Ape released their second album, Off The Ground. Several tracks off the new album feature the addition of cello, saxophone, organ and piano to compliment the band's signature blend of acoustic, electric and slide guitars.
For the members of Enchanted Ape, their greatest motivation is to expand and refine the live shows that have earned them a growing community of fans. "Onstage is the one place where we're truly comfortable," says singer/songwriter Chris O'Brien. "All the time we put into recording, traveling and everything else is done so that we can get up in front of an audience and let something happen that's bigger than us. That's the beauty of music. It's a force with a mind all its own."