The 1930s interpretation of 1970s classic rock: it’s here in “Lo-Fi Stomp” from 77 Apes. Inside-out style is a propos, as 77 Apes is the rare act that moved to Connecticut from Brooklyn, rather than the other way around.
You should check out this track if you like: classic rock with a twist; heartland rock exploring its roots.
Cue it up and let’s take a listen and talk about what’s here.
From the opening bars, this is a tense song. It has the feel of being in a dark club, circa 1930, where the band’s vamping on a beat kept by the guy who doesn’t talk much, but when he does, he’s got stories. This song’s going to take the jazz-like form of circling around and riffing off an idea—as a stomp should. The twist is that while the structure is a stomp, the sound is straight out of classic rock, from the electric riffs to the growling vocals. The central idea—you can do what you want, feel the beat—is a beautifully logical intersection of lyrics appropriate for both eras.
Just when you think you know what’s going on—it is, after all, an actual lo-fi stomp—in comes the harmonica! It works as both a reference to 1930s roots, where it was still an experimental toy, and 1970s heartland rock, where it became essential. That long whispery section takes heartland rock’s claps and snaps straight back to that dark club, where the band leader is building tension for a big ending. That tension explodes into the most lavish classic rock segment of the song.
I got a kick out of it because it plays hard with music history. The emphasis on beat and tension makes it a good palate cleanser track for rock playlists—it offers a break from big anthems, in a way that’s intensely engaging. There’s an album coming in March, promising a range of sounds, so get your beat on while you’re waiting for it.
Also, if you’re good with going out, check out upcoming 77 Apes shows!