Jape – ‘This Chemical Sea’
Jape performing a totally exclusive track ‘This Chemical Sea’ live for Press Record in Asylum Studios.
Jape are an Irish electronic–rock band from Dublin. Formed as a side project by Richie Egan whilst part of The Redneck Manifesto, they have released four albums to date; Cosmosphere (2003), The Monkeys in the Zoo Have More Fun Than Me (2004), Ritual (2008) and Ocean of Frequency (2011). Jape’s wider discography includes the EP, Jape is Grape (2007), as well as a number of singles, including “Floating” and “Phil Lynott”. The band have performed at festivals and events such as Glastonbury, Electric Picnic, Lovebox and Hard Working Class Heroes and provided support for The Flaming Lips at Belsonic in Belfast in August 2008.
Ritual, Jape’s first album in four years, was released under the Co-op label on 4 June 2008. It entered the Irish album charts at number fifteen, while the Irish Independent ’s John Meagher named it his twentieth best Irish album of the 2000s. Ritual featured ten tracks, including “Streetwise”, “Graveyard” and “Strike Me Down”, all of which had previously been performed live. The album was preceded by the single “I Was a Man”, whilst a video for the song “Graveyard”, which was filmed in an actual graveyard in Dublin, was also released. There was a host of Irish and European dates and festival appearances to promote the album in June 2008, including performances at the Róisín Dubh in Galway and Vicar Street and the Road Records music store in Dublin. Appearances alongside CSS, Battles and MGMT on the Park Stage and Dance Stage at Glastonbury in England on 28–29 June and an appearance at the Ola Festival in Spain followed. Jape then opened for The Flaming Lips at Belsonic in Belfast on 11 August 2008 and performed a free show as part of Heineken Green Spheres in Cork alongside Donal Dineen on 19 November 2008. Supporting Friendly Fires led to the English band remixing Jape’s “Strike Me Down” single. There was also an appearance at Electric Picnic 2008 to follow the appearance Electric Picnic 2006.Tony Clayton-Lea, writing in The Irish Times beforehand, said: “Suffice to say that if this whippet-thin geezer isn’t one of the highlights of this year’s Picnic then that’s it—we give up”. In December 2008, Jape fans were behind an unsuccessful petition to have the single “Phil Lynott” become the Christmas number one single in Ireland.
As of March 2009, Jape had six songs written for a fourth album.An appearance at Electric Picnic 2009 occurred, however, a performance at Pohoda in Slovakia did not occur, with Jape narrowly escaping a stage collapse which killed one person and injured more than 90 others. On 19 March 2010 Jape were announced as one of the first acts expected to perform at that year’s Indie-pendence.
Robin Ball ‘Mixermanhattan’ – Producer/Engineer & Editor
Stephen Caffrey – Assistant Engineer/Guitar Tech
Bob Gallagher – Director/Camera
John Barker – Executive Producer
Harry Kelly – Camera Operator
Ellius Grace – Photos & Camera Operator