PharmacieAnimal Style Records
By Cole Faulkner
Rising UK post-punk act Apologies, I Have None plays into that internal, emotional darkness residing deep within each of us. Doubt, anxiety, fear and trepidation course through the quartet’s musical pallet, grounding grave personal experience in conflicted outbreaks and contemplative lulls. Their sophomore full length, Pharmacie, exhibits immediate similarities to genre fence posts like Manchester Orchestra and Brand New, harnessing the shadowy, brooding turmoil of a fragile mind, and inviting listeners to share the experience. The style won’t be of surprise to fans, but the vigor and precision of this familiar sound from newcomers will surely turn heads within the first few minutes.
As revealed in the title and album art, Pharmacie revolves around a world of over the counter and prescription drugs, as the psychologically unstable attempt to self-medicate shaking fingers and depressed thoughts. “There’s never enough, ever enough… of love & medication,” bemoans frontman Josh Mckenzie as he sets the record’s tone of and mental state, following with the line, “these tired eyes and a wild mind, burning up like wild fire.” While not the most atmospheric track on the album, the interplay of piano, steady riffs, and affective vocals lay the groundwork for the fierce emotionalism of “Wraith” and “The Clarity Of Morning.”
Together, the two mark perhaps the most striking compositions on the disc, on which the band demonstrates both range and sensitivity. “Wraith” expertly balances emotional whispers with crashing hardcore retreat. “In my sleep all I ever see, rotting corpses and winter trees, a twisted cyprus that holds no leaves, gives a violent lifeless, freezing scream,” makes for powerful, lingering imagery, bleeding into the ethereal wisp of “The Clarity of Morning.” Paralleling the “quiet” side of Brand New, the track unfolds under a sullen tempo sure to raise the hairs on your neck and send a shiver down your spine. Neighbouring song “Goodbye, Peace Of Mind” further capitalizes on the effect in a melancholy retrospective of the tangled memory between estranged brothers. The lyrics are poignant in their selection, brimming with regret and acknowledgement. As with any standout piece of post-punk, the song’s emotions quickly entangle the listener.
The bulk of Pharmacie finds Apologies, I Have None swaying ever so gently between both styles, ensuring listeners become subsumed in an ongoing sense of emotional flux. Tracks like “Crooked Teeth” offer moments of sonic tranquility, like still water capturing a clear reflection. Fragile and soft, such clarity feels ready to dissipate upon contact with even a single raindrop, which ultimately lands a track later during the abruptly crashing, tumultuous chorus erupting two minutes into “Everybody Wants To Talk About Mental Health.” Never rushed, the band explores such expositions with generous run times that permit shifting tensions to arise naturally. Anyone claiming that such lengthy songs outlive their welcome has clearly missed the point, and would be advised to devote the appropriate time for a more assiduous, intimate listen.
Having been recently disappointed by rising post-punk act Dikembe’s highly anticipated sophomore attempt, I had resolved that this year may have lacked a clear contender for a top notch post-punk. But thanks to the atmospheric, deeply moving showcase that is Pharmacie, that crown may very well belong to Apologies, I Have None. Pharmacie is everything you’d want from your new favourite post-punk band. It’s passionate, emotive, and writhing with a genuine sense of life.
London’s Apologies, I Have None have just released their highly anticipated and already acclaimed sophomore record Pharmacie. Josh Mckenzie, songwriter and only remaining founding member took the time for a chat as the band was about to kick off their European tour in Antwerp, Belgium. We talked about London references on Pharmacie, the secrets to the Apologies, I Have None wall of sound and expectations from the new album.
Read the interview here.
Josh MckenzieUncle M Music
By Tom Liveyns on September 21st, 2016 at Antwerp, Belgium
London alt-punk outfit Apologies, I Have None has premiered a full stream of their new album, Pharmacie, which is set to drop on August 26, 2016 on Animal Style Records. The band recently released a 4-track split EP with Australian punks Luca Brasi.
London alt-punk outfit Apologies, I Have None has premiered a new music video. The video features the track “Love & Medication” and is set to appear on their new album, Pharmacie, which is set to drop on August 26, 2016 on Animal Style Records. The band recently released a 4-track split EP with Australian punks Luca Brasi.
Pre-orders are live. Listen to the song below.
London alt-punk outfit Apologies, I Have None has premiered a new song. The track is titled “Love & Medication” and is set to appear on their new album, Pharmacie, which is set to drop on August 26, 2016 on Animal Style Records. The band recently released a 4-track split EP with Australian punks Luca Brasi.
Recent Animal Style Records signees Apologies, I Have None has premiered a new song from their upcoming LP. The London UK band has premiered “Wraith” from their forthcoming album, Pharmacie, due out on August 26, 2016 through Holy Roar and Uncle M Music.
Listen to the new track below.
Cloudy Day / Clear SkiesHoly Roar Records
By AJ Phink
This split EP features England’s Apologies I Have None and Australia’s Luca Brasi, it contains one new song and one rarity from each band. This is a limited edition cassette release, and if anyone wants one they are going to have to be quick. When I checked their bandcamp there were only six copies left for sale. Three of the Grey Day version, a grey cassette, and three of the clear skies variety, a blue cassette. I don’t understand the resurgence of cassettes myself but they seem to be popular so who am I to question it? Fortunately for those of us living in the modern age it is also available for download.
Apologies I Have None initially offer us Wraith, which will appear on their forthcoming album. This is an impressive track, and for me the strongest track on the EP. It’s a dark discordant number that displays hefty post punk and post hardcore influences, it reminded me of vintage Killing Joke in places, and that’s a hell of a compliment. Their second contribution is Red Wine, which is exclusive to this release. It‘s another good track that’s cut from the same cloth but it pales in comparison to Wraith which indicates to me that the new album is going to be something to look forward to.
Luca Brasi‘s fresh offering is Aeroplanes this has a great guitar hook and a rousing chorus and this acts a nice contrast to the their darker noisier partners on this split. Their second track, Borders And Statelines, which has previously appeared on the Loose Threads single, is an acoustic folk punk tune that whilst pleasant enough didn’t really grab me.
As with any Split EP this is a mixed bag but I can’t think of a better way of being introduced to both bands, maybe it’s time to dust off that tape deck and get a pencil ready for when it tries to eat the cassette.
London alt-punk outfit Apologies, I Have None have announced a glut of new stuff. Firstly the band recently released a 4-track split EP with Australian punks Luca Brasi, featuring 2 previously unreleased tracks, one of which is titled Wraith. Secondly, the quartet are working on a new LP which is tentatively due to drop in August via Holy Roar Records.
…And finally the band have announced a series of UK and European shows which kick off later this month. Check out the details below.
Great Cynics have announced a tour this March with Crazy Arm and Apologies, i have none. The week long jaunt starts in Bristol and ends in Norwich, with a special show at Fighting Cocks presented by Banquet Records.
The dates are below.