Friday, 7 September 2012

Music: The Apparatus - Matter of Time album review

The Apparatus are a Welsh based indie-punk band - I use the word punk in the broadest possible sense of the word - this is more of an attempt at the commercial and tedious punk rock that we've heard a million times. They cite their influences as The Jam and Foo Fighters, but what sets The Apparatus apart from these bands is the fact that The Jam and Foo Fighters have actually written some decent songs. I have to be honest, when I first heard the CD, I thought it was the worst thing I'd heard for a long time; not since listening to Northern Uproar's album have my nerves been grated by such bad music. On further listens to the CD I realised that I was wrong - this is much worse than I originally thought; on each listen I felt a strange sensation, a mixture of bile and boredom. I think that their main problem is not that their sound could be used to define the word derivative, but that their vocalist Rhys Edwards sounds so out of place; he sounds a more like the whiney vocalist from the bed-wetting Turin Brakes than a vocalist in an indie-punk band. Two of the song titles perfectly encapsulate the essence of The Apparatus: 'Ordinary' and 'This isn't Anything' - how right they are.

If anyone has ever listened to the New Art Riot EP by the Manic Street Preachers; imagine that, but worse - this CD really is horrible.

This article was originally published on Leeds Music Scene in 2007.

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