Apache Dropout

Apache Dropout

Bloomington, Indiana
Sonny Blood Vocals/Guitar
Anu Nath Bass/Vocals
Lord Fyre Drums
Shot Down / Sister Burnout

This Bloomington, IN trio took just about everybody by surprise with their LP released earlier this year on Family Vineyard; a full-tilt, f'ed-up, psyched-out boogie-fied garage stomper filtered through the musical ghosts of bands both past & present, & we here at TiM HQ are pleased as punch to be releasing this two-song rager hot on the heels of that debut thrill-ride! "Shot Down" is a mutant Troggs stomp soaked in the sweat of John Lee Hooker & bops along like the bastard child of the Ohio Express & Sun Ra. The flipside - "Sister Burnout" is a barn-burning head-banger that ratchets up the intensity & sounds like an amphetamine-fueled sword fight between The Shadows Of Knight & The Deviants, with singer/guitarist Sonny Alexander testifying like a tweaked out Richard Hell. This is full-on sanctified-psych - drop the needle on the wax & become a believer! The first press of this 7-inch is on mixed vinyl, is housed in the Trouble In Mind factory sleeve & includes a download code!

RIYL: Thee Oh Sees, The Troggs, UV Race, The Seeds, The Voidoids

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Shot Down
Bubblegum Graveyard

Traveling down the long road of Indiana’s great & rich musical history, will lead you past The Gizmos, The Zero Boys, Brad Long, Zerfas & eventually to Bloomington trio Apache Dropout. The band’s self-titled 2011 album was a kick in the pants to everyone who dared cry that ‘rock is dead’, infusing psych, garage, pop & boogie with enough soul & blood to pump a thousand hearts. ‘Bubblegum Graveyard’ goes above and beyond what one could have hoped for in the band’s sophmore album, magically combining bubblegum pop and heavy guitar jams into a brewing pot of “chewing gumbo” that really has to be heard to be believed. Sonny Blood’s vocal delivery and guitar playing dances around the wobbly grooves the rhythm section of Lord Fyre & Anu Nath are laying down, exerting an earnest and rocking blue collar midwestern sensibility while still maintaining a hold on the best elements of Ohio Express or 1910 Fruit Gum Company’s self- concious silliness.

Stand out tracks such as the pop majesty of the two opening tracks “Archies Army” and “Candy Bar” stir and sift with surreal lyrics that unwrap themselves more and more with every listen, while the wail and moan of “Quaaludes ‘68” and “Lady Blood” come on like the best of the Motor City in its glory days, screaming & howling like Cerebus at the gates of the Underworld. The musical and lyrical interplay reveal a hallucinatory tale of candy, robberies, death & hasty getaways - like Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry, only if Mary is Patty Hearst & Larry were a deranged Willy Wonka. Multiple listens reveal a poppy-laced reality and a warped sense of rage over the oppressively flat and banal Midwestern landscape...not to mention fortune-telling candy bars and Undead Jughead too! Includes a full-color insert & lyric sheet, is pressed on 150gm black vinyl, & includes a download code!

1. Archie’s Army
2. Candy Bar
3. 1-2-3 Red Light
4. Carryin’ Fleas
5. Ghost Stories
6. Lady Blood
7. Quaaludes ‘68
8. Robbin’ The Bank
9. The Fried Stranger
10. I-80
11. Katie Verlaine
12. Hey Valentine
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Candy Bar
LP $12 CD $8