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Reviewed on 14th April 2005.


The Blast Apex

By AKp

It seems that Alex King, has whittled his circle of trust down to a trio of himself and two backing musicians, and in doing so has created the eponymous collective AKP. Not even does he have to contend with pesky interfering producers, now with his own studio to record to his heart's content.

King has admirably ploughed a lone furrow in the York music scene over the last five years. In heading-up a cultural/musical salvo upon the city, he unsurprisingly met with both disdain and praise. His live shows attempted to interweave some level of philosophy with audio-visual production. It seems that Alex genuinely cares about his audience, and humanity in general, which has a profound influence on his music.

Coming Up, the opening track of the CD, is the jewel in the crown of AKP's material. The chorus line "you're always coming up, if you're good enough" is so catchy that it leaves you considering pawning all your Libertines, Razorlight and Kings Of Leon records in order to buy up the entire back catalogue of The Manic Street Preachers. No matter how heavy and growling the bass-lines drop, King's pop instincts shine through repeatedly. It's obvious that he cares little for slap-dash methods of recording, and each track on this four song taster has been put through the mix meticulously.

Next up, Diagonal Man is a fully-formed study of modern life relationships, the opening line "A man stands on a beach all alone, a girl sits out of reach by the phone," setting the tone for much lovelorn soul-searching over the next four minutes. It's a grower, this one, no-where near as obviously catchy as the opener, but gives you a warm feeling of familiarity on second and third listening.

Some might say that AKP's songs are slightly formulaic, they seem to all contain the requisite thumping atmospheric electro drum section, the overdriven lead guitar solo middle-eight, and the Americanised catchy warblings of King himself. Lost, I Escape, is no exception, but has a sense of urgency about it that sets it apart from the earlier tracks, and closes with a perfect series of choppy chords.

The demo is wound up with Bulletpoints, another solid, if not particularly memorable tune, reminiscent of the lower depths of The Rasmus or Lostprophets.

Nothing AKP do is particularly wrong, and sonically they produce some particularly impressive material considering it is wholly the work of the band themselves. However, inspiration-wise, there is something lacking. Self-professed as being "unlike any other band you've seen," they don't really live up to this claim on the evidence of The Blast Apex.



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On 15th April 2005 at 12:08 Anonymous 2539 wrote...

nice review hazza.
this band is starting to hit a sound that fits them nicely. I understand they are playing the packhorse soon.


On 15th April 2005 at 19:36 Anonymous 4117 wrote...

Indeed - 30th April in fact, supporting Peace Through Superior Firepower.

Thanks for the review Harry, well written piece.


On 15th April 2005 at 22:35 Anonymous 3706 wrote...

Imagine my dismay when I saw more discussion about my reviews.... But gladly Alex, you seem to have grasped and appreciated the very nature of a critical review, very refreshing! I was talking to sam about the fact that a 5-star score would have to be reserved for the top albums of all time, so it's difficult to give many albums above 3 as far as i can see.
Good stuff Alex, keep it up.


On 16th April 2005 at 10:21 Anonymous 4117 wrote...

Yeah absolutely. While your opinion is no more or less valid than anyone elses, I wouldn't have sent the CD in for review if I didn't want to hear it.



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