The Apartments main man, Peter Milton Walsh made a big noise in the Brisbane alternative music scene of the late seventies and early eighties. So much so that none other than Grant McLennan and Robert Forster from fellow Brisbanites The Go Betweens asked him to join their band. He did, but not for long. They were chalk and cheese. Perhaps just as well really as The Evening Visits and Stays For Years, The Apartments debut album proper, wowed the British music press upon it’s original release in 1985. Thanks to Captured Tracks, we now have the reissued and expanded version to enjoy.
The Evening Visits and Stays For Years is available on double vinyl LP with download code and CD.
Vinyl Double LP £26.99 CT206LP
Expanded 2LP on Captured Tracks.
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CD £11.49 CT206CD
Expanded CD on Captured Tracks.
As well-versed as I think I am in the world of early 80’s Antipodean guitar pop, I hadn’t been aware of the Apartments until I spotted this re-issue on the shelves. It turns out that lead man Peter Walsh had briefly joined the Go-Betweens only to find he had unassailable difference with the other members of the band.
They couldn’t have been musical differences as this has all the dark poetry and pastoral glinting of that wondrous band. It reaches no such dizzy heights of course but if you like the Go-Betweens or the Triffids you’ll like this. Although Walsh’s voice is thinner and less characterful as Forster or Mclennan (it’s actually more like the Church’s Steve Kilbey or Television's Tom Verlaine) he has a phrasing that will be very familiar to you if you’ve worshipped the back catalogue of Brisbane’s finest. As always Captured Tracks do a wonderful re-issue job and I particularly enjoyed reading Robert Forster’s poetic sleeve notes.
There’s four sides of material to wade through here, of varying quality but with myriad highlights the opener ‘Sunset Hotel’ is gorgeous with its breathy backing vocals and lolloping rhythms. ‘Mr Somewhere’ is purely a Grant McLennan ballad in idea, atmosphere and execution. It is at times let down a bit by Walsh’s reedy, slightly off key vocals but fans of 80’s jangle pop will find a lot to enjoy.
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