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Jape are an
Dublin. Formed as a side project by Richie Egan whilst part of
The Redneck Manifesto, they have released three albums to date;
The Monkeys in the Zoo Have More Fun Than Me (2004) and
Ritual (2008). Jape's wider discography includes the
EP, Jape is Grape (2007), as well as a number of singles, including "Floating"
Lynott". The band have performed at festivals and events such as
Hard Working Class Heroes and provided support for
The Flaming Lips at
Belfast in August 2008.
The first and second albums received airplay on
alternative national radio in Ireland. The Monkeys in the Zoo Have More Fun
Than Me's opening track, "Floating",
became a popular single on late night alternative music radio shows and
attracted the attention of
Brendan Benson during a visit to Dublin. Benson now covers the track whilst
performing live with his band
The Raconteurs, as do the
bastard pop duo
Soulwax during their
DJ sets. Jape's third album, Ritual, was released in June 2008, later
Choice Music Prize for Irish Album of the Year 2008. The album features the
singles "I Was a Man", "Strike Me Down" and "Phil
Lynott", the latter of which was subject to an unsuccessful petition by fans
to have it named Ireland's
Christmas number one single in December 2008.