Friday, June 13, 2014

Apop Records Celebrates Ten Years In The Business of Subversive Sound

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click to enlarge MABEL SUEN
  • Mabel Suen

The party this Saturday is Apop in a nutshell: a wild mix of music and art, both locally sourced and brought in from afar. The show also doubles as a release party for Black James, who just dropped her new album MOUNTAIN BOY this past Tuesday. Voted Best Electronic Dance in our recent reader's poll, Black James brings thick, psychedelic dance songs through the warping of samples and disparate melody. She's set to open the show at 8 p.m. sharp, so the fashionably late should expect to miss out.

Self Help rips with raucous punk rock. Fronted by former Doom Town front-people Ashley Hohman and Ben Smith, the four-piece tears through an oddly upbeat set that ends way too soon - blink and you'll miss it.

An unsuspecting listener might throw on Humanbeast and sway a bit to the bouncy beats. Everything seems in order until the band implodes, bursting with a vicious vocal howl and an equally as jarring shift in texture. The band skewers expectations for dance music and makes its own rules in regards to pop. The whole affair feels dark, like it belongs in an upscale bar in hell - the only solace for heretics.

Twodeadsluts Onegoodfuck dares you to like its brand of industrial noise. If you've heard the term "power electronics," this act delivers on a primer on the genre. Although Twodeadsluts Onegoodfuck comes from Boston, Apop released their LP on its label in 2012. If the term "noise" deters you from the show, don't fret. This group is set to perform at the end, closing out a full night of diverse music.

"These amazing bands don't always make it out here and definitely not in the same line up. It'll be everybody coming together to appreciate all kinds of different things at once. It's just a really big party without being disgusting - not like a frat party. It's one of my favorite things all year."

Saturday, June 14 at Plush Saint Louis Apop Records' Tenth Anniversary Party Humanbeast (RI) Twodeadsluts Onegoodfuck (MA) Sofia Reta (MD) Black James (Album Release) Self Help 8 pm | $8 | all ages

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Early birds get first dibs on a cassette compilation of 2013's Apop Birthday Show featuring: Trauma Harness, Fielded, Umberto and Gel Set. First 20 copies will come with a special screen-printed poster. Local comic artist Mr. Ben will have a limited edition, handmade zine for sale as well.

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