Since the commencement of the digital revolution, an LP has become optional for indie stardom. With the help of yours truly, and the rest of the blogosphere, acts like Vampire Weekend, Sleigh Bells, M.I.A., and countless other acts, have the ability to capture mass appeal with only a handful of singles and a dedicated publicity team. By no means is this a slant on the industry or individual artists; as majors dry up and the ease of home recording continues to rise, timely released singles and well-promoted tours have the ability to create significant buzz for future LP releases.
Brooklyn’s Apache Beat took New York City by storm more than two years ago fueled by synth drones, distorted guitars, and the vocal adrenaline of Ilirjana Alushaj. The band has since opened for Gossip, Crystal Castles, and the School of Seven Bells, and garnered massive critical praise — all without a debut LP.
With the release of single “Tropics / Your Powers Are Magic” in late 2007, Apache Beat also drew the attention of producer Martin Bisi and mixer John Agnello, each of Sonic Youth fame. They are now finally ready to debut a full length album, Last Chants. Set for release October 8th, the effort features contributions from members of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Rapture, and Lightspeed Champion. So… definitely a debut worth your anticipation.
The track listing has yet to be announced for the 13-track album, but expect tracks Knives , Tropics, Your Powers Are Magic, Nightwaters, Fear of Falling, and live-favorite Another Day to all appear. The five-piece also recently announced an appearance at this year’s Sonic Music Festival on Coney Island June 17th. Expect more news to follow as a track listing and expanded tour are expected to be announced.