Early Ape

Early Ape

 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

"Polished bouncing tunes...stadium sized hooks with the energy and humility of a band on the rise...With micro-genres steadily outnumbering the amount of actual bands playing music, this band makes it easy for critics by embracing the sounds of many pop-rock greats" Adam G., The Deli Magazine NYC


”Refreshing, retro, reinvented,” Early Ape is inspired equally by the smart pop of Joe Jackson and Spoon and the contemporary rock sounds of Jimmy Eat World and Metric. Their music works to bring together the melodic sound of modern rock and the introspective lyrics popular in the singer/songwriter world (Origivation, Dec. 2010).

Early Ape's second release, “Science Colony”, describes a search for true connection in a time of paranoia, disinformation, and semantic degradation. It's mix of futuristic synths and a grunge/power pop fusion creates the perfect balance of tension and fun. That mix is thanks in part to singer and guitarist Nate Rylan's songs - described as "power-pop gems" by The Deli Magazine NYC, who compared Rylan to “modern songwriting great Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne, Ivy).” Their fresh indie sound has won awards from the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and Rylan's voice often draws comparisons to Phoenix frontman, Thomas Mars. The new EP also features a rocked out cover of locally lauded and internationally recognized singer/songwriter Jim Boggia's song "To and Fro." Kathy Landin of bittsandwatts.com says of Science Colony, “my favorite album from a band is always the album right before they hit…the album on which they did their best, most personal, distinctive work because it’s what got them noticed. Science Colony is that album.”

The group is rounded out by the immensely talented bass player/producer Adam Winokur (Ben Arnold Band and Electric Farm) and the incomparable drummer and multi-instrumentalist Joe Baldacci (of the Zoe Kravitz fronted "Elevator Fight" and defunct sensation "Nouveau Riche”). The Science Colony release party will also celebrate the first live performance and official addition of synth player/keyboardist, Adam Flicker, to Early Ape's lineup.

As relative newcomers, Early Ape has already been recognized as one of the region’s most talented and promising groups, eliciting generous praise for their first self-titled EP from Origivation Magazine and from Y-Rock on XPN's Philly Philes twice in 2010, along with popular acts Man Man, Illinois, and The Dead Milkmen . The group was nominated for featured artist by the Deli Magazine in 2010 and regularly appears in the publication's self-generating list of Top Bands. They can be heard on 93.3 WMMR, 93.7 WSTW's Hometown Heroes, Y-NOT Radio, Graffitti Radio.com and more. Early Ape's exhilarating live show is seen at exciting venues in Philadelphia, Brooklyn, and other Eastern States, as material from their previous release enjoys regional airplay in many of the same places. Their music has been successfully licensed to TV ventures and, most recently, their song "These Aren't The People" was prominently featured on Season 7 of Roadtrip Nation on PBS, as well as the soundtrack for the season. As the Philadelphia Inquirer said, “Let Buzz Begin.”


1) COMING Fall 2011: New Album, recording Feb. 21st-27th 2011, details TBA

2) SCIENCE COLONY - The New 8 Song EP From Early Ape
(Released Dec, 2010)
Human Zoo
To and Fro (J. Boggia)
Golden Age
I See You
Crazy Sound

2) Early Ape EP:
(Released Feb, 2010)

City of Lost Children
These Aren't the people
It's Real
What Did You Do?

Set List

City Of Lost Children
What Did You Do?
These Aren't The People
It's Real
Follow Through
Basically Human
Pretend Conversations
Rockstar Baby
Crazy Sound