Three Ring Symphony
With it's debut album, Three Ring Symphony, Enchanted Ape bridges the gap between jam band and rock band, using equal parts improvisation and orchestration. An array of carefully-crafted songs are set free to develop organically, elevating the music to dramatic peaks that can only be achieved by taking chances. A prime example of the band's willingness to 'let the music go where it needs to go,' is the strange recording process that spawned Three Ring Symphony. 'We originally intended to record the whole album live in the studio,' explains singer/songwriter Chris O'Brien. 'However, the band evolved so much during the course of the project, we had to adapt and make sure the final product represented who we were when the ablum came out.' Enchanted Ape started it's live-in-studio recording project in September of 2004, but plans changed several months later when drummer Chad Turner moved to Costa Rica on an open-ended hiatus. What began then as a search for a replacement drummer yielded three new band members who each contributed to the album. Using the original live tracks as a basis for the recording, new layers of percussion, vocals and strings were painstakingly added to each song. The result is a richly-textured album that feels raw and impulsive, like anything could happen.