A horrible hack

Apogee Sound Club

Belligerent

Year Released: 2012
Format: 7"
Label: Thrillhouse - Fully Intercoastal
 
Reviewed by MH on May 21, 2013
Did I know what an "apogee" was before writing this review? Of course not, I'm not that smart...now I know that it is the point in the orbit of the moon or a satellite at which point it is furthest from the earth...or also the highest point or climax in the development of something. No idea why I haven't heard the word in everyday speak yet. Probably hanging around with the wrong people.

Anyway, let's not waste any more time on such inane intellectual pursuits as learning new things. This band was spawned from the demise of The Reaction and all of the band members have history in various San Francisco bands. This 7inch features four short songs of lo-fi and angry post punk with grooving bass lines and reasonably snotty vocals from Wade Driver.

"Out Of Joint" starts things off strongly with angular riffs and spat vocals. The rollicking instrumental that follows this is pretty cool too - my choice of the 4 tracks on offer here. It is full of drive, urgency and chaos and is excellent. The B side opens with the warped "From End To Beginning" with a twangy lead riff and the slower closing track "The Pig Song" is positively melodic by comparison and unless I'm losing my mind there appears to be something of a warped "Delilah" to this song - maybe I am hearing things. The lyrics are vitriolic and political, giving (amongst others) government and authority a bit of a kicking - I'm oversimplifying it here but reading the lyric sheet is well worthwhile and comes in the form of a small comic book. The whole release is an excellently put-together package.


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