Apes & Androids: Flamboyant Space Opera

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  • Song: "Hot Kathy"
  • Artist: Apes & Androids
  • CD: Blood Moon
  • Genre: Rock
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"Hot Kathy," a unique bit of flamboyant space opera from the New York band Apes & Androids, blends classic-rock influences (David Bowie, Queen) with the blips and bleeps of 8-bit video games, resulting in a giddy collage of sound. Nestled comfortably between sincerity and irony, Apes & Androids' genre-bending music flirts with slinky party girls and androgynous hipsters alike.

A sweetly bombastic journey, "Hot Kathy" starts softly, as lead singers David Tobias and Brian Jacobs ramble about the woman in question. "Am I this lonely?" they ask. But could Apes & Androids really be lonely in a bizarre dimension defined by its glitter, synths, and fist-pumping? Suddenly, swinging, come-hither horns set up a multilayered tribal breakdown, as if the band is jamming the "start" button on a modern-day Freddie Mercury revival. Somewhere in the pounding of drums, falsetto croons, and wailing guitars — and a cowbell, naturally — a new star of glam-rock is born.

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