London duo APRE have announced their third EP and headlining show kicking off this March.
Revealing the news of their EP to fans, APRE also unveiled the newest track ‘Gap Year 2008’, making this the bands first 2019 offering, joining their acclaimed 2018 single ‘Backstreet’. With the EP ‘Gap Year’ forming part three of the band’s trilogy of introductory EPs, with the previous ‘The Movement of Time’ and ‘Drum Machines Killed Music’.
APRE’s newest single ‘Gap Year 2008’ showcases the more introspective side of the band, mixing a blend of the acoustic, electronic (and nagging pop chorus) that still walks that line between the everyday and the escapist. An integeral part of APRE. The band say ‘Gap Year 2008’, “is about getting away from reality to find yourself, but realising you were better of where you were.”
Forging their way as on of the UK’s most potent and intriguing new bands, APRE have frequently twisted the most private moments into songs full of brains, heart, and laser-guided melodies. All in all, you’d be unlikely to trace APRE’s origins to the backfroom of a West London chess club, and yet that’s exactly where their story began: Sue, the owner of the club in Ealing, suggested that Charlie and Jules should hook their sound up, and from there the unique sound and relationship of APRE started it’s fusion. Charlie recalls, “She knew that we shared the love fo the same thing”, which turned out to be everything from the noughties, like Foals, Mystery Jets, to 80’s pinups Tears for Fears and The Police. Making ends meet in every way possible, APRE in the meantime – and that Ealing room – became an exercise in escpape, “the fun side, where we could go and truly be ourselves”. Utilising their DIY spirit, the terrible equipment available and the sort of intimate sentiments they’d seldom voice in public they aimed to reach for the same level of world-conquering pop they were raised upon.
Introduced to the world in the recent ‘Backstreet’ video, it’s clear APRE have a special eye for detail that looks beyond just the immediate songs they make. Their imagery is often shrouded in suburbia, but with a surreal, sometimes-dislocated edge (where outsider and insider are unclear). From their image, to their name, APRE aim to be seen and heard. As with any genuinely-aspirational band, everything in APRE’s world matters and yet to the outside eye, not everything makes total sense – which is precisely the point.
Tour dates can be found below.
February 25 || Oxford || O2 Academy 2 (w/ Sea Girls)
February 26 || Birmingham || Hare & Hounds (w/ Sea Girls)
February 27 || Edinburgh || Mash House (w/ Sea Girls)
February 28 || Newcastle || Northumbria Institute 2 (w/ Sea Girls)
March 1 || Leeds || The Key Club (w/ Sea Girls)
March 2 || Zurich || Radar Festival
March 5 || Manchester || Gorilla (w/ Sea Girls)
March 6 || Cardiff || Clwb Ilfor Bach (w/ Sea Girls)
March 7 || Portsmouth || Wedgewood Rooms (w/ Sea Girls)
March 8 || Heaven || w/ Sea Girls)
March 8-17 || Texas || SXSW (dates + shows TBA)
April 1 || Manchester || Jimmy’s
April 2 || Birmingham || Hare & Hounds 2
April 3 || London || Omeara
May 5 || Newcastle || Hit The North
May 9-11 || Brighton || The Great Escape