NINE strong funk band The Apples are about as multi-cultural as it gets.
The band’s members hail from Jerusalem, Haifa and Tel Aviv in Israel and the Ukraine, but they play Latin tinged music with American influences like Parliament Funkadelic and James Brown.
The twist is that along with the usual trombone, trumpet and saxophone arrangement they add a turntable to throw in some scratching and samples to the mix.
It all makes for an entertaining sound, and one a very enthusiastic crowd enjoyed at the Fleece.
In their six years as a band the most attention they have received was for their rather wonderful, and very funky, cover of Rage Against The Machine’s “Killing in the name of”.
With the title shortened to “The Killing” it was released as a single and was thrown into a strong set earlier than expected.
Although their version is instrumental the audience were more than happy to provide their own vocals, if not the rude bits.
It’s the second time a band has covered the track at The Fleece in as many months, after Bristol gypsy folk act Sheela Na Gig tore the house down with their version in July.
It makes you wonder who might be covering it next. The Wurzels perhaps?
If they did, hopefully Zack de la Rocha and co would return the favour and record an incendiary version of “Combine Harvester” to compete with this year’s X-Factor winner.