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CD REVIEW APPLEBITE THE BEGGARS ON ACID THE NEW ANTI-SOCIAL

APPLEBITE THE BEGGARS ON ACID

THE NEW ANTI-SOCIAL

2013

 

 

DESERT GRUNGE AND ROLL

 

 

‘The New Anti-Social’ from Western Australia’s kings of ‘desert grunge and roll’ has been a long time coming. Indeed since their first full-length recording there have been line-up changes, an EP and a single all paving the way for this first album for the current line-up.


Always a great live band it was going to be interesting to see how they approached the studio and if they could manage to pull off a sound that captured their full-bodied and at times incendiary live show.


The good news is that this set of songs is their best yet, even if you are left wanting more by the end of it. The eight tracks here just seem to flash by and with ‘Fix Me’ a previously released single and both ‘Lust 69’ and ‘Glass Bulb’ from the ‘Down to the Core’ EP there are only really five new tracks to savor. Now for most bands that might be enough but it’s the quality of what they have laid down that leaves you wishing we had more!


Originally inspired by the grunge that came out of Seattle in the early nineties there are aspects of bands like Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Nirvana and Pearl Jam to Applebite’s sound, but over the years they have developed a character of their own that seems to draw out the best aspects of those underlying influences whilst at the same time taking on a real character of their own that seems to have become more pronounced over the years.


One of the best aspects of Applebite is that they sound like a band, and as musicians they work equally as hard to get to the common goal. There’s some soaring bass-work on here as well as some kick-ass drums and searing guitar.


The album kicks off with ‘Break Up’ which gets straight to the point – this isn’t a band afraid to cut to the chase and Justin Powell’s eye for a great melody and great lyric is immediately to the fore.
To be honest in these eight tracks there’s no filler at all, so as far as favourites go it’s all down to personal preference. I’ve always loved tracks like ‘Glass Bulb’ and ‘Lust 69’ but with new songs like ‘It Ain’t all that Bad’ and ‘Price we Pay’ to go with the storming recent single ‘Fix Me’ you’ll be hitting ‘repeat’ on this one for sure.


If you love you Grunge it’s still alive and kicking in these grooves. If you want something that sounds like it just stepped out of the Great Western desert you’ll find that here too. No get out and see these guys live!

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

CD REVIEW APPLEBITE THE BEGGARS ON ACID THE NEW ANTI-SOCIAL 2013