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A gem of an album that could only have been recorded by a British band.

Apparently, The Apostates are yet another ‘best kept secret’, something that an alarming number of bands are proclaimed to be. This time, at least it’s a local best kept secret, as the band are from London, where they have been plying their trade for six years or so in the run up to this, their debut album. Ostensibly described as a British punk band, they instead fit in the gap left by the likes of the Jam, more new wave than punk, more Kaiser Chiefs than Sex Pistols.

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In general, The Apostates make angry guitar based music that balances a rough edge with some fine melodies, bringing to mind everyone from Billy Bragg to The Pogues and even The Smiths (except with much better vocals). What this means is that they combine some genuine angst (or at least well-faked angst) with a commerciality that is just begging for a lucky break. I can easily see them sharing a stage with The Arctic Monkeys or the Ordinary Boys, and in truth blowing them away. Although it’s mainly aggressive melodic stuff, there’s a very classy acoustic number in ‘One Ear To The Wall’, although the best track for me is album closer (disregarding the weak ‘secret track’ on the end of it) ‘You Must Be Choking’. In truth, there’s not a duff track anywhere, with plenty to keep rock fans interested even if it’s not really the sort of thing most of us old uns listen to these days.

‘Wide Eyed & Determined’ is a gem of an album that could only have been recorded by a British band, all piss and vinegar rounded off with tunes that make you want to get up and dance. A power trio stripped of all pretensions, The Apostates are certainly a band worth investing in.

Alan Holloway

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