The History of Apple Pie-Out of View (Marshall Teller Records)
Out 28th Jan 2013
The guitar is back. No, it really is. Seriously, it is. David Brown reviews a fine example of guitar revival in The History of Apple Pie full-length.
Four singles into their career, The History Of Apple Pie release their debut album ‘Out Of View’ and itâs a great point at which to reflect on a band thatâs created a buzz with their first three sold out 7â singles. Those three singles â ‘Youâre So Cool’, ‘Mallory’ and ‘Do It Wrong’ â are a very impressive start to a CV for a new band and form the blueprint for the rest of the album, which includes their most accessible single to date, the chirpy, poppy, effervescent ‘See You’, which ultimately is the highlight of the album.
The album wears its influences on its sleeve with hues of Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr. and My Bloody Valentine, but with the harmonies and melodies of Lush. And whilst thereâs been hundreds of bands that have followed that route, THOAP succeed where many have failed before. The chemistry in the dual-pronged female vocals of lead Stephanie Min and bassist Kelly-Lee Owens recollects the lighter more angelic elements of those influences, making it more accessible and immediate in a world of bands trying to imitate their predecessors.
Itâs not just about the two girls as well, THOAP can rock out when they feel the need yet thereâs no noise for noiseâs sake. Always a good sign, thereâs two guitarists in the band â Aslam and Jerome â who drive the sound along, no more so than on opening track ‘Tug’ and ‘Mallory’.
The singles, forming nearly half the album as they do, will be familiar to many, but the remaining tracks on the album donât pale in comparison. Where thereâs the cooing vocals of ‘Mallory’, the trio of ‘The Warrior’, ‘Glitch’ and ‘Long Way To Go’ are equally beautiful slices of simple guitar-driven pop with dreamy vocals running through them that would slip effortlessly into alternative daytime radio schedules.
In the meantime, ‘I Want More’ and ‘Before You Reach The End’, both weighing in at over five minutes, flesh out their sound, particularly in a dramatic instrumental break in the former and a rousing ending prior to a closing minute of feedback in the latter, to prove thereâs more to them than just being a singles band.
Thereâs no gimmicks or pretense with ‘Out Of View’ or with the band themselves. Itâs straight forward, fun guitar-driven pop music with an edge and we need some of that right now to counter what mainstream radio is telling us is a resurgence of guitar music. Still not convinced about their name though.
Words by David Brown. More writing by David on Louder Than War can be found here.