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"Mad guitars rage against sturdy bass lines and tribal drums while front woman and icon-in-training Ilirjana Alushaj wails like a sexy banshee." - New York Magazine


Discography

Three singles so far: Tropics, Blood Thrills, Your Powers Are Magic

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Make no mistake; Apache Beat isn't another collective of art-school dropouts who moved to Brooklyn last month, fulfilling their lifelong dream of 'making it big' along the L line. While such taste-making publications as Pitchfork, NME and NYLON helped stoke the band's "Next Big Thing" status in the past year, Apache Beat started sharpening their post-everything knives at the tail end of 2006.

Starting with several jaw-dislodging demos, Summer Lovers Unlimited (The Tough Alliance, Crystal Castles, The Teenagers)—were already lining up to press its first Apache Beat single, "Tropics." To this day, it's the song everyone shows up to see, an ain't-gonna-back-down, not-even-for-a-second anthem for jilted lovers and anyone who digs hollow drums, sinewy riffs, and manic melodies.

But Apache Beat's songs are not merely the sum of their influences. Starting with shades and shards of Roxy Music and the Pixies, Krautrock and new wave, Apache Beat meet their music collections halfway with an unparalleled brand of avant-rock that's aggressive and intricate as hell. This is all thanks to a restless rhythm section (drummer Neil, bassist Mike); the cutting chords of Phil; the serpentine synth lines of Christina; and the brooding vocals of Ilirjana, a stage-seizing frontwoman with effortless style (as celebrated in the pages of Jalouse, V, British Vogue and Elle).

But don't believe us when it comes to Apache Beat; believe the band's growing number of friends and fans, from the MisShapes to members of MGMT, School of Seven Bells, Chairlift, Gossip and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. You can say there is a reason—or three—that Ilirjana was asked to sing on the Rapture's last record, and that Mike plays the rubbery bassline on Chairlift's breakthrough "Bruises" single.

In October 2009 Apache Beat released their first single Your Powers Are Magic from their debut full-length, Last Chants. Slated for release in early 2010, the album not only features Martin Bisi's (Sonic Youth, Swans, The Boredoms) production and mixing by John Agnello (The Kills, Dinosaur Jnr, Patti Smith) but guest performances by Lightspeed Champion, the Rapture and Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Apache Beat are set to be the band in 2010 who will be bringing the adrenaline back into music.