Tuesday Tip-Off: Apache Dropout

Today’s tip-off is the fuzzed out garage pop of Apache Dropout.

Apache Dropout’s self-titled release is an impressive slab of Velvet Undergound-esque late 60’s style art pop mixed with the warm distortion and punchy hooks of the best garage rock  of the same era.  Purists to the aesthetic of their influences, the album could easily pass as a lost classic only known to the obsessive collectors and rock historians.

The standout track “Teenager” edges out the others with it’s catchy and clever refrain “Why must I be a teenager at the end of the world?” which perfectly captures the best aspect of this style of music – that mix of the early rock and roll innocence (here cleverly with a nod to Dion’s biggest hit) with the uncertainty and upheaval of the late 60’s.

The first half of the ep provides a perfect soundtrack for your next rock and roll dance party and or mix-tape needs.  Tracks 4 and 5 (“It’s a Nightmare” and “Sam Phillips Rising”) slow things down to a mid-tempo meditative space which leans a little harder on the influence of  the Velvet’s art-pop dirges, but it still works just as well as their garage bangers do.  The final track “Run Peacock Run” sounds a bit like a lost Bowie demo in his “Jean Genie” era, bringing a different vocal approach to close things out in a manner that is just as effective as everything else.

Released on LP, cassette (yes, cassette) and 8-track (yes, 8-track, seriously) the AD boys clearly want you to experience this release in pure analog glory.  However as we think they are cool and want you to hear them and this is the internet, we encourage you to check out the album here, and then go buy it here (vinyl), here (cassette) or here (8-track, yes, seriously).

Apache Dropout is supporting the release with a tour, which is currently underway.  Check them out at one of the following dates.

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