Shaven Primates is a five piece band that makes dark-wave, art-rock, post-punk comes from Oxford, UK. They are a band that seeks to push the boundaries of the genre and their music is a narrative of human emotion and experience: fear, love and anger resonate through the orchestration, giving our audience a deeply cathartic release.
When asked who is Shaven Primates, this is what came about. Tom, shredding, soloing with the free spirit of Guthrie Govan meets Hendrix, seeing is believing. Nick, rolling, classic, stretching every scale and time signature, challenging every boundary. Jarod. stomping, rolling, filling, inspired by Bonham but applying his American roots. Neil, an octopus on the keys, working with every smidgen of tech available. Mark, raw, dark, ranging, screaming vocals, and no holds barred on emotion.
The single “Child of Dirt” starts off the self titled album, this was the first single that the group introduced to the world. The song is telling the story of a child who comes across a video tape he shouldn’t have, the music video portrays what the child is seeing. This eclectic yet hard hitting song is the perfect introduction for Shaven Primates, it gives you an idea on what to expect from the album.
Shaven Primates has a lot of long songs, they really let you marinate in their music. “Swamp Rock Blues / In Transit / Bus Replacement Service / Soft Reset (3 Piece Suite)” is a fourteen minute song that seems to be ever so changing. The title itself is a quite the ride, just wait until you get into the song. Neil on the keys, keeps the vibe upbeat yet spooky at the same time, it really ties the whole song together. This fourteen minute song will take you to many worlds and beyond.
The album gets comes to an end with “Mind” and “Answers”, these two songs have a classic 80s rock feel to it. Just because the album is ending doesn’t mean it’s over. “Answers” is a 20 minute song, so if you’re sad that you made it all the way to the end, don’t fret. There’s still plenty of time before Shaven Primates is done.
This five piece is definitely keeping their music unique, they have a style that is unmatched. It’s sort of a mixture of an 80s hair band and a post punk band, the combination of the two gives you Shaven Primates. Have you ever seen a shaved monkey? Once you google that, you’ll understand the band better. Shaven Primates is a band that is here to stay and you can only hope they keep making music for the weirdos like you.
Written by Jaye Maverick
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