The Apostates are all set to release their debut album ‘Wide Eyed & Determined’ via their own label Wolves Of Suburbia on the 10thDecember. Labelled London’s best kept secret until they set off around the UK for a tour in November (Well that let the cat out of the bag now didn’t it lads?) which saw them taking to stages from Southampton to Middlesbrough. Considering they formed back in 2006 it has taken them a little while to get their debut album out and that is no bad thing really. It takes real guts to turn down the sometimes meagre scraps (often wrapped up in so much hyperbole and legal twaddle that it would take a decent solicitor days to translate it into normal speech) that get offered to new bands from some of the unscrupulous sharks that still plague the industry. But that is a big part of what makes this band so very special with over four hundred live shows under their belt is they have a work ethic and a dedication to making their own music, in their own way, for their fans, without the overshadowing pressure from outside. They have stayed true to their own vision for their music and that’s something that’s got to be respected, substance over style. To celebrate the release of the debut they will be headlining their very own release show at The Junction in London on 14th December along with special guests Young Attenborough, Work Unit, and Oliver John Ward.
There is a raw power held within their melodic punk sound, something almost tangible about their lyrics and the instrumentals. It is that raw energy usually only seen on a stage by those who go to gigs, you can really tell these guys have cut their musical teeth by performing live a lot, and for that energy and intensity to be carried over in a studio album is very impressive. There are hints, little flashes, of punk bands from the past in their rhythms and some of the vocals but this is not some carbon copy of punks by gone era this is a very modern and very relevant album that takes the very best bits from punks past and slingshots right into the twenty first century without losing its essence. There is angst and rage and fury balanced out by hope and a slightly tongue in cheek view of modern life. 7.8/10