London duo APRE have today unveiled new track ‘Gap Year 2008’, which is available now. Alongside acclaimed recent single ‘Backstreet’, ‘Gap Year’ will form part of the band’s third in a trilogy of introductory EPs (following ‘The Movement Of Time’ and ‘Drum Machines Killed Music’). Having opened for the likes of Sam Fender, Lany and been confirmed to tour with Sea Girls, APRE have already been confirmed to take their formidable live show to this year’s SXSW, The Great Escape, Live at Leeds and Bushstock. Their headline UK headline tour – including a London show at Omeara on April 3rd– kicks off this March.
First airing today, ‘Gap Year 2008’ shows off the more introspective side to APRE – a blend of the acoustic, electronic (and nagging pop chorus) that still walks that line between the everyday and the escapist, which is integral to APRE. ‘Gap Year 2008’, say the band, “is about getting away from reality to find yourself, but realising you were better off where you were.”
As introduced in the recent ‘Backstreet’ video, part of what makes APRE special is an eye for detail that looks beyond just the immediate songs they make. The band’s imagery is often shrouded in suburbia, but with a surreal, sometimes-dislocated edge (where outsider and insider are unclear). Even the band name itself begs questions (one version goes that it was inspired by a French girlfriend who kept saying Apres, whilst another interpretation might be that it drops you into a story always evolving, neither at its beginning nor its end).
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 (“none of us really know what we are doing anymore”). With songs which take charged emotion, heartfelt ambition and a refreshing embrace of the ludicrousness of the present day – its paradoxes, problems, but also the potential to truly transform your situation (imagining a stadium where stands a chess club) – 2019 is already setting up to be APRE’s for the taking.
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)
March 31 || Bristol || The Louisiana
April 1 || Manchester || Jimmy’s
April 2 || Birmingham || Hare & Hounds 2
April 3 || London || Omeara
May 4 || Leeds || Live at Leeds
May 5 || Newcastle || Hit The North
May 9-11 || Brighton || The Great Escape
June 15 || London || Bushstock