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This is a lot of fun! What we have here isn’t exactly a “new” Apache Dropout album, but a rummage through their early self-released tapes, made between 2008 and 2009. Great stuff it is too! Murky lo-fi noise scuzz and tape murk do little to diminish the foot-stompin’ country-garage vibes, with a constant fiddle scrape hovering over bouncy grooves and spluttering feedback, sometimes evoking classic country fiddling, elsewhere (particularly effective on opener ‘Don’t Trust Banks’) grinding out a Velvet Underground drone.
It’s got the lo-fi elements of bands like Microphones and the Supreme Dicks, the toe-tappin’ side of Americana-rock like the Pine Hill Haints or Mule, unhinged noise punk like early Tyvek...all with this brilliantly murky and saturated production that brings to mind a crunchier TPk. Super, then! Certainly worthy of a proper release rather than getting relegated to history’s obscurity bin.
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