When I first heard Osaka Punch, I immediately became a fan. Their unique mixture of musical genres along with sometimes silly and other times very insightful lyrics results in an enjoyable and cathartic experience. I had known they were working on a new album for quite some time, so when they announced the title and release date of Mixed Ape, I am sure I was among the many that pumped my fist in the air, i.e. Breakfast Club style, in excitement. Without further ado, you can now get your hands on a copy of this incredible album because it came out September 4th, 2023 through StiffCut Records here.
The Australian group consisting of; Jack Venables (vocals), Brenton Page (bass), Chrispy Town (guitar), and Blair Hamilton (drums), have really outdone themselves with this release. Mixed Ape is full of musical brilliance and dare I say, their best one yet, which I guess means we have to forgive them for making us wait so long to bring it to our earholes. Their quirky videos, entertaining musical shifts, and Venables incredible vocal dynamics make this band a real treat to either discover and dive down the rabbit hole, or continue to digest day after day with continual pleasure. I cannot imagine anyone saying, “They just don’t have anything for me”, because they have something for everyone.
Blair was polite enough to sit down with Metal Nation again on this release. (If you are viewing from your phone, scroll to the bottom and click “View Desktop Version” to gain interview and video access).