Has there not been a thread about new APTBS yet?

I’ve heard Pinned in its entirity once now and sounds excellent on first listen.

Anyone else?

just me, it seems, though I mentioned it in the new releases thread and @ditch_easter was enthusiastic.

Looks like APTBS aren’t hip no more

Slight tangent but in a simialr vein, the latest album by the Soft Moon is excellent. Again, didn’t see much mention on these boards but thought I’d mention as it’s excellent I think.

I was at ^that gig - lovely stuff…

Will get involved in the new album and report back :+1:

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I haven’t been loving the new Soft Moon. It’s not terrible or anything, but it hasn’t grabbed me by the ears and made me pay attention. I’ll obviously be giving it a fair few more listens yet, so maybe I’ll come round.

Alright, I’m calling it: Pinned is APTBS’s best album yet, and easily frontrunner for my AOTY thus far.

Same effects-laden noise-rock as ever, but this album is packed full of standout songs. There’s heaps of variation here, but without ever departing radically from their sound (this is a very good thing in my book). The inclusion of Braswell’s vocals every now and again is inspired and has helped breath new life into their sound. “Never Coming Back” is a monster of an opener.

It would be a crime if this album didn’t get some more attention, and so I’m @-ing anyone who’s ever said something about APTBS or who made a number of contributions to the melodic-aggressive shoegaze thread. (Although, now I’m worried my enthusiasm will raise expectations to the point that they’re left disappointed…)

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I seem to recall watching these guys at ATP and just never really getting it although my mate did tell me the sound was completely dreadful. I’ll give this a listen

What’s with the long version of the album?

Don’t get me wrong: I’m not saying this will be universally adored, or will win over anyone who doesn’t rate them at all. Just saying that, for those people who liked the first couple of albums but didn’t really bother with them after that, this is the time to check back in and see what the band is doing.

As for the long version, it’s hard not to jump to the conclusion that it’s a cash grab and a dick move. Certainly, I didn’t see it as a preorder option, and now the only way to get the extra songs is to buy the whole album again. Or to fire up soulseek, which is what I will be doing, obviously.

If you click on each extra track there it has a $1 buy option for it. Certainly the ones I looked at did.

Ta, but what I mean is, I would’ve bought the extended version at $12 in the first place. Having preordered the short version at $10, I’m looking at having to pay a lot more than the $2 difference to get the extra tracks.

Except I won’t be, because I’ll acquire them by other means.

Gotcha. Yeah that is crappy!

(There’s an album I love that got put on Bandcamp with two extra tracks you can’t even buy. They’re just trying to get people who bought the album once to buy it again. Fuck that.)

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OK - that’s me pretty much. I know it’s stupid in this day and age, but the lukewarm reviews for the last few things did put me off, as well as comments about how they haven’t really moved on. Which is ironic given the fact my music tastes ‘haven’t really moved on’ since the mid 90s.

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It’s fine

Yeah - they were bad at ATP. The MBV one? I seem to remember them being on far too early, the room being pretty empty and the sound being poor.


I remember being at an early Primavera (08?) and being drawn across the bridge to them playing on the Pitchfork stage. Had never heard of them before but holy fuck what a joyful racket.

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The last few records have definitely passed me by even though I loved Exploding Head. Cheers for the recommendation though :slight_smile:

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My dad listened to them once. He wanted to know why they were using power tools to make music.


I’m going to give this a real shot this week after I’m done my last minute tax scramble. They’re a band that I for some reason never properly tried - I think I gave one album a distracted listen once or twice, but given that sound that’s definitely not the best way to do it.

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APTBS and the limited tepid takes

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