The Apemen are a Dutch surf rock band, comprising of band-members from Tilburg and Rotterdam, with their base remaining in Tilburg.
They have existed since the early 1990s, and has seen several changes in line-up and musical style since they got their start. Their most active period was in the mid-90s when they released all of their records. They are famous for wearing gorilla masks and suits on stage combined with various stage acts, including jumping and moving around on stage, shaking hands with the audience, telling jokes between songs and climbing on top of the bar while playing.
Their first album Are You Being Surfed? (1994) is strictly guitar-oriented, and includes a mix of songs from their first EP and surf classics like "Pipeline" and "Penetration". The personnel on this record was Joep Verbeek and John Peate on guitar, Jeroen van de Sande on bass, and their first drummer Mike Rosema on drums.
Surfvival of de Onbeschofste (1995) saw a change in line-up with Joep Verbeek and John Peate quitting the band, Jeroen van de Sande moving from bass to guitar, and David Andriesse filling in on bass. On this record Albert Benier was added to play organ, and he wrote much of the material for this album. The sound on this record is more organ-based with several songs using that as the lead instrument. "El rey del Surf" is their only vocal song on Surfvival..., and is a Spanish language version of Trashmen's "King of the Surf".
After Surfvival of de Onbeschofste the group has only recorded one song that has been released: "24 Hours From Tulsa" which was released on the surf-music tribute to Burt Bacharach That's New Pussycat! (OmOm Records, 2000).
Their live-set mainly comprises songs from Surfvival of de Onbeschofste with several numbers from Are you... and songs they have written after Surfvival of de Onbeschofste, and has seen little change after their prolific period.
2013 sees the long-awaited reissue of their 7 Inches Of Love CD on Double Crown Records, affectionately retitled 7+ Inches Of Love with the addition of four bonus tracks.
The Apemen - 7+ Inches Of Love CD
Tracks: Bajjad - Crunch - Invasion Of The Apemen - Cruisin' - Intoxica - El Tortura - Percolator Stomp - Pogo a Gogo - Toronado - Surf Dracula (45 version) - Baha-Ree-Ba - When Johnny Comes Wreckin' Home - Shake Your Hoover (alternate) - Squad Car - Het Grote Surffeest (live at KFJC) - Miserlou (live at KFJC) - Queen Jacula (live) - Cor Steijn Rides The Wild (live) - Toronado/Bongo Bongo (live) - 24 Hours From Tulsa