God Save the ABPK

by Atombombpocketknife

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10 tracks, 49 minutes. Third release for Southern, first to feature new guitarist Che Arthur. A dark and disturbing record. Cohesive, frustrated, revelatory.

God Save the ABPK indeed! On this, the band's third Southern Records release, Atombombpocketknife explores more textured compositions due largely to the addition of guitarist Che Arthur. Add the cohesion, frustation and revelation captured in the band's shitty practice space and at the pristine confines of Studio Greg Studios with Greg Norman (technician and engineer at Steve Albini's E.A.R studio) who recorded the album, with Mike Lust of Lustre King who mixed it and you hear many facets of the band's live sound. It is this very sound that left audiences elated and stunned last year while on tour supporting Alpha Sounds. Fans throughout North America were astonished by the contemporary existence of true rock pioneers and by the delivery of decibel, upon decibel, upon decibel.

God Save the ABPK emits an immediately detectable dark and disturbing mood, hinging on the mindfuck and betrayal of various relationships, neighbourhood gunplay and friends distorted and destroyed by heroin, alcohol and pills - not to mention social and professional tedium. It's been an uneasy year for the band, as they unanimously voted to forego the luxury of sleep to adopt a ridiculous schedule of rehearsals, recording sessions and touring to the rigors of pseudo-everyday life. All four members refuse to remain solely immersed in the shiny and fluffy dream world of The ABPK that usually eclipses all reality, hence they've kept their day jobs...


released June 1, 2001


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Southern Records London, UK

Fiercely independent since forever, Southern Records has a musical pedigree which stretches way back to 1977, when a band called Crass was founded (and proceeded to change punk & the world forever...but that's another story). For years Southern operated as a recording studio & the biz wheels behind labels like Crass, Corpus Christi, Bluurg & Dischord, before launching an eponymous imprint in 1991 ... more

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