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Indica Blues Sign to APF Records

July 02, 2020

We're no stranger to the heaviest and grooviest tones Oxford has to offer at APF Records – see Desert Storm and The Grand Mal – which is why we're all the more eager to get better acquainted as we welcome the city's heavy-psych doomsters Indica Blues to the APF family.

Formed in Oxford in 2014, Indica Blues are a monolithic trip. On their previous releases – 2016's Ruins On The Shore EP and debut full-length, 2018's Hymns for a Dying Realm – a real love for the entire stoner-doom pantheon, from Kyuss to Electric Wizard, shines through, along with, unsurprisingly, a healthy respect for the blues. Deservedly, those early releases earned both praise from respected outlets of the scene as well as tasty support slots with some of our favourite acts around; notably Elder, Samsara Blues Experiment and Mars Red Sky.

But that is just the beginning.

APF are beyond stoked to be releasing Indica Blues' upcoming sophomore full-length, currently expected to drop around the winter of 2020/21 – and let us tell you now, it's huge. Recorded by Steve "Geezer" Watkins at Woodworm Studios and mastered by Tim Turan at Turan Audio, it delivers on the promise of being their most massive sounding release to date, with chunkier riffs, groovier hooks, wider ranging vocal stylings and more ethereal melodic deviations than have come before. So be sure to check out yet another member of the growing "Roxford" revolution and get the Indica Blues today.

Sound of Origin to release The All Seeing Eye on 21st August

June 28, 2020

FFO Alice In Chains, Goatsnake, Soundgarden, Corrorsion of Conformity 

Huddersfield-based stoner metal quartet Sound of Origin will release their new album, entitled The All Seeing Eye, via APF Records on August 21st 2020.

A video for album track Lockjaw was premiered on the APF Records Facebook page and YouTube on Thursday 25th June at 7pm. You can watch the video here: https://youtu.be/pxQ9D1wjl4U 

Sound of Origin have been building a solid live reputation for themselves in the UK underground since 2016, pummeling often rabid audiences with their fuzzed-up, bluesy, doomy stoner riffs. 2020 looks like being the year that they finally get recognition beyond the "scene", with the release of an extraordinary new album which marks a giant leap forward for the quartet in terms of both sound and style.

Sound Of Origin

These Yorkshire lads announced their arrival with July 2017's five-track Seeds of the Past EP, which, whilst serving as an admittedly decent introduction to the band as they were then, can only do so much to showcase the band they have mutated into.

It was with the addition of new vocalist, Joel Bulsara, in 2018, that Sound of Origin found the true nature of their sound; adding a depth and range to the voice of the band that has bled through into the instrumentals and allowed for a much more diverse output, spanning a huge breadth of the heavy pantheon. Bulsara's multi-octave range bears comparison with Layne Staley of Alice In Chains in particular.

Into The Vile, which appeared on the massive 2019 Doomed & Stoned in England compilation, gave one of the first representations of Sound of Origin's deeper and divergent tones, mixing in grunge sensibilities to a chugging stoner vibe.

With The All Seeing Eye - recorded and mixed by Chris Fielding of Conan at legendary Foel Studio in Wales, and mastered by James Plotkin (Sunn O))), ISIS, Pelican and Earth) - Sound of Origin are gearing up to unleash the band they have become on the world, and we're not sure you're ready for them.

Pre-order links:

https://apfrecords.co.uk/shop
https://soundoforigin.bandcamp.com

Sound of Origin online:  

https://www.facebook.com/pg/soundoforigin
https://www.instagram.com/sound_of_origin
https://twitter.com/Sound_of_Origin
https://apfrecords.co.uk/bands/sound-of-origin

Battalions - Pure Humber Sludge

June 17, 2020

APF's next release is Battalions - Pure Humber Sludge. Out on 17th July and available to pre-order in our store right now.

2020 marks Battalions 10th anniversary. To celebrate APF Records is reissuing their long-out-of-print albums Nothing To Lose (2016) and Moonburn (2017) on one deluxe CD. The tracks have been freshly remastered by Chris Fielding (Conan) to give them extra grunt. Brand new artwork has been provided by Daggersforteeth. The digipak includes an 8-page booklet featuring rare photos, full lyrics, and a special thank you list.

Accompanying the release is a limited edition t-shirt, a bespoke Battalions patch, and two special stickers. The t-shirt can be purchased as a standalone item, the patch and stickers as part of the bundle option.

Pure Humber Sludge allows APF Records to right a wrong. We were offered the opportunity to release Moonburn back in 2017 but - for reasons we won't bore you with ('cos it's all a bit embarrassing) we declined. Daft mistake, as it's a brilliant album (as is Nothing To Lose) and one of Fieldy's Firm Favourites. It's great to be able to put these songs out on APF Records at last.

The CD, t-shirt and bundle can be ordered here in our store. To buy the digital download head over to: https://battalionsdirt.bandcamp.com/

 

Update

May 26, 2020

 

Quick update for you on stuff.

The current pandemic has obviously played merry hell with our release schedule. But we're still making plans and moving forward with things.

So after APF unleashes WAR AFTER WAR's No Change EP on 12th June, we'll be putting out something a little special on 17th July. A reissue, something long out of print, freshly remastered, with bangin new artwork. Something we think you'll quite like. More info on that real soon.

Then, late summer, you'll finally - at last - get to hear the Sound of Origin album The All Seeing Eye. Which has some proper tungsten-strength riffs on it. And Joel Bulsara's voice. Oh god that voice.

In the autumn you're like to have a new Possessor album in your ears. It's being recorded next month. Today we appointed the artwork designer who, based on what he's done for other bands, is going to make the record look amazing.

Plus The Hyena Kill and The Brothers Keg have albums recorded and ready to go. We'll keep you updated about those as and when we can.

Another APF band is currently in the studio right now. One that's been quiet for a while. Sworn to secrecy on that though.

There will be lots of stickers, and even an APF hoodie.

Exciting times ahead. Stay tuned.

An Introduction to Sound of Origin

May 19, 2020

Our recent APF Records: The Sound of Heavy 2020 introduced many of you to Sound of Origin, whose album The All Seeing Eye we will be releasing at some point in the hopefully not too distant future. We caught up with drummer Chris Foster for a chat about the record and the band’s story so far.

Q: For those new to the band, tell us a bit about you.

Chris: After forming in 2016, releasing the first EP in 2017 and getting on a roll playing shows up and down the country ... we then spent most of 2018 looking for a singer. A number of people came down to the studio and had a crack but nothing came out of it. Months went by and out of the blue Joe (Wilczynski – guitar) came across an advert Joel put out on a “musicians offered / wanted” site for “a vocalist looking for a stoner / doom band”. Joe messaged him back and from there things were sorted pretty quickly. We arranged to meet up at a pub in Leeds and right from the start things just worked, and after a beer and a chinwag we left the pub feeling much happier than when we went in. Joel came down to the studio, plugged in the mic and just blew us away. The 3 of us were just stood there listening like ... fuuuuck! He listened to some of the new stuff we were working on at the time and just said “yep, I’m in boys’’. The rest as they say ... is history.

Q: So you should have released your new album The All Seeing Eye by now, but the dreaded virus has delayed things. For those awaiting it, what can you tell people about it?

The All Seeing Eye has been a long time coming. It’s a bit of a mixed bag really. Writing-wise there are songs that were kicking around in 2016 (and riffs from well before then) that have been freshened up a bit, and newer stuff that we worked on when Joel joined the band. Although Joe wrote most of the riffs everyone contributed in some way shape or form. Morning Bird came about after Jax (Townsend – bass) was messing about with a bass line in the studio. Joel brought in Dim Carcosa and we all added bits to that. I had an idea that formed into The All Seeing Eye and Joe’s baby is Tempest Dunes for sure. 

Recording-wise we went down to Foel Studio in Wales. What a quality place that is. Big shout out to both Chris Fielding and Mike Bew for making our stay there so cool. Two proper easy going blokes and Chris did a fantastic job with us in the studio. So easy to work with. From there the album went over to America to be mastered by James Plotkin and It would be fair to say we are pretty pleased with how it turned out.

Q: The album marks the start of “new Sound of Origin”. Your sound has changed significantly. Tell us a little about that.

We don’t really stick to any one particular genre now. There is a strong element of the stoner / doom “low and slow” sound but nothing is really out of bounds to us, we play what we like and as you go through the album that becomes apparent pretty quickly. There are riffs aplenty but also stuff you can chill out to. There’s sludge, clean blues, heavy metal and vocally there is something for all tastes. One of my favourites on the album is the track Stoned Messiah Blues. The band and Joel in particular go through the gears from Robert Plant-esque crooning in the beginning to absolute sheer rage in the middle and all the way back again. It’s a song we always kick off with playing in the studio and the feedback is all positive so far in the live environment. 

Band influences and tastes are pretty diverse to be honest. We haven’t looked at one band and gone ... that’s what we will try and sound like. Type O Negative, Alice in Chains and Goatsnake have all been mentioned by people to describe us. Others have said we’re a cross between Faith No More and the and Acid Bath so take from that what you will.

We all pretty much like our music around a similar core of bands. Jax probably strays furthest and whilst listening and being a fan of bands from the UK Underground such as Desert Storm and Woven Man, he is much more into newer bands and styles of metal. If he gets into the studio first he gets control of the stereo and some of the stuff he puts on is varied to say the least haha.

Q: Your track on the APF compilation is Voices Left Behind. Why did you choose it? Who wrote it, and tell us what it’s about?

Voices Left Behind was chosen because it’s one of the shorter and more to-the-point songs on the album. People who hear the APF compilation may be listening to us for the first time so we wanted to give them a quick snapshot of what we are about. Lyrically this song is close to Joel’s heart and deals with the aftermath of losing a loved one and the impact it can have on you. 

Q: What’s been keeping you out of mischief during lockdown?

Joe is a key worker and his workload has doubled so he’s permanently fucked. Jax is still out working too whilst Joel is working from home and Chris is furloughed so is dividing his time between home schooling the kids and gardening haha. We’ve all been keeping in touch though and been working on new music for when we manage to get back together.

Q: Imagine the band is in lockdown together for several months. How would that go?

After surviving our first 18 months / 2 years together, this band can pretty much go through anything I reckon. Some stories there but some top memories as well. After Joel joined the longest time we spent away together was when we went down to Foel last year to record the album. None of us knew how it would go but the week we spent down there together was mint. We got along like a house on fire and if that was anything to go by I reckon we would be pretty sorted in Lockdown.

Q: Finally, anything you’d like to declare?

Fingers crossed that everyone stays safe and well in these troubled times and we can all get together at some point when we come out of this. Looking forward to playing on our first APF shindig and to people hearing the album. Best wishes to Fieldy for giving us a platform to do our thing and big up APF Records.

Follow Sound of Origin on https://www.facebook.com/soundoforigin/

 

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