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Apache Beat - UK Dates



Make no mistake: Apache Beat are not a collective of fly-by-night first-timers who got lucky. The band, composed entirely of native or longtime New Yorkers, came together in mid-2006 with each member already more than deeply rooted and respected in the claustrophobically competitive Brooklyn arts and music scenes. In seemingly no time at all since their formation, Apache Beat had bashed out a few raw, roughhewn and utterly brilliant first-try demos and gotten signed to emerging indie powerhouse label Summer Lovers Unlimited, where they share a stable with The Tough Alliance, Crystal Castles, and The Teenagers. As they began cutting their teeth live with a series of increasingly epic shows that firmly held all in thrall, the buzz became insatiable and Apache Beat were quickly featured in the pages of Vice, Dazed and Confused, New York Magazine, ‘Sup, The Fader, NME, Spin, Harper’s Bazaar and Pitchfork Media.

Apache Beat can count among their touring buddies Deerhunter, Les Savy Sav, We Are Scientists and Lightspeed Champion. They’ve been endorsed enthusiastically by MGMT, Klaxons, Misshapes, Dave Allen of Gang of Four, and in the midst of all the action, have managed to have a member, Ilirjana, sing on an album for The Rapture, and another, Mike, doing the ol’ silhouette bop on ‘Bruises’ for an iPod ad with Chairlift, and another, Phil, co-directing the Apache Beat’s first music video for 'Tropics,' which was premiered on Pitchfork TV in tandem with the digital-only release of the single, now available on iTunes.

Back on the grind, Apache Beat have just finished their debut full-length Last Chants, with legendary producer Martin Bisi (whose discography includes Sonic Youth, Afrikaa Bambataa, and The Boredoms) for a April 2009 release date. The record will feature the guest performances by members of Lightspeed Champion, The Rapture, Chairlift and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The band plans to tour extensively in support of this release, hitting UK shores this month for a selection of dates including a support slot with School of Seven Bells.

Live, the music of Apache Beat struts hard and clever with seriously murderous rhythm; sinuous, flitting interplay of keys and guitars; and a voice that fractures like chandeliers.

WED 18 - London Brixton Windmill *with Betty & the Werewolves
THU 19 - Paris Showcase
FRI 20 - London Club NME @ Koko
SAT 21 - London Be @ Proud
SUN 22 - Southampton The Joiners
MON 23 - Wakefield Escobar
TUE 24 - Glasgow Captain's Rest *with School of Seven Bells
WED 25 - Leeds Cockpit *with School of Seven Bells
THUR 26 - London Cargo *with School of Seven Bells
SAT 27 - Manchester Night & Day *with School of Seven Bells
SUN 28 - Bristol Start The Bus *with School of Seven Bells

MON 01 - Brighton Audio *with School of Seven Bells

A hit at this year's (2008) CMJ festival, where they were joined onstage by Lightspeed Champion. Imagine a band with the postpunk funkiness of a Rip Rig & Panic and a singer to match Neneh Cherry.The Guardian

Apache’s Ili is booming through their eight-song set. Her lungs are like a blunderbuss blowing lead into the front row, but they’re contained within an elegant frame jerking its way across the stage. On record they may have krautrock pretensions, but the Germanics have clearly been left at the studio because, like the Pretenders playing post-Green Day grunge, this is pure hair-raising adrenaline pop.NME (Live Review)

Both live and on record, the band channel their interests back to the confines of modern music, layering together huge slices of delicately constructed melodies and rhythm. The result is a melancholic drone with vocalist Ilirjana Alushaj cuts through with a gutteral, but still perfectly tuneful tales, of betrayal and unrequited love…
Dazed & Confused

Like a streamlined, mixed-sex version of Radar-sanctioned Brooklyn sorceresses Rings and Effi Briest, Apache Beat have got the tribal percussion and banshee wails down pat but have tethered them to taunt, perky indie-rock.

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