Minutes to Go
In the early months of 2001, mutual friends introduced home recording enthusiast, J. Forté to bassist Steve Shook. The duo were quick to enlist drummer/brother Greg Shook and guitarist Gil Hegwood, both of former Love Slug fame, and thus did the Washington, DC area's premier power-pop quartet come into being. Greg, Gil and Steve added a sense of explosive energy and infectious enthusiasm to Forté's clever, engaging pop numbers, and listeners soon began comparing Ape House to the likes of Weezer, Cheap Trick, the Buzzcocks and the Knack. In May of 2001, Ape House recorded and released an independent four-song EP, simultaneously introducing the world to the sound of Ape House, and Ape House to the sound of critical praise. The next year, the band released it's debut full-length LP ...Minutes To Go... on Crof-töne Records. Upon it's release, publications such as Shredding Paper, The Big Takeover, Splendid, Punk Planet and Music Monthly took notice and spread the word about the band's catchy tunes and keen pop sensibilities. Most recently, Ape House has been named a Washington Post editor's pick; in particular, the perennial crowd pleaser 'Chicks Dig Speed.'