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Apologies, I Have None

Apologies, I Have None: Two Sticks + Six StringsTwo Sticks + Six Strings (2009)
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What do you get when you throw Tom Gabel, a little Frank Turner and some Against Me! into a blender? The upcoming British punk duo Apologies, I Have None. Two Sticks + Six Strings is the first release by Dan Bond and Josh McKenzie, two guys who sometimes swap instruments but nonetheless create so.
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What do you get when you throw Tom Gabel, a little Frank Turner and some Against Me! into a blender? The upcoming British punk duo Apologies, I Have None.

Two Sticks + Six Strings is the first release by Dan Bond and Josh McKenzie, two guys who sometimes swap instruments but nonetheless create some catchy sing-along punk. As the name of the EP suggests, the band consists of only drum and guitar and though Bond and McKenzie are young, their lyrics pack a punch that's rare in young bands.

Two Sticks + Six Strings contains five songs, starting with "100 Club," a song that captures the familiar basement band scene in one line: "You can't deny a hundred fists in the sky." From the beginning, Apologies, I Have None begs you to sing along, to feel their passion and to let them into your lives. "Bent Strings" is arguably the best song on the EP, a song about a 20-year-old girl struggling with suicide and ultimately finding religion. Catchy choruses and strong realizations about life and people populate Two Sticks + Six Strings.

Bond and McKenzie manage to fit whole paragraphs seamlessly into songs without anything feeling forced. And throughout the whole EP the voice timbre begs listeners to sing and scream along.

"Green Green Mabley Green" and "Apologies, I Have One" aren't quite as strong as the first two but give the record continuity as it flows into the resounding final track, "Rearranging the Dust." In the final track the two Brits summarize what most young adults feel, lamenting, "All that we asked for was to stand on our two feet and stop relying on this family."

Apologies, I Have None's first release is a party, really. Its melodies and hooks are catchy and will have you humming along for hours after the record finishes. The recording resembles the Gaslight Anthem's 2008 release, The '59 Sound, utilizing more of a live sound instead of the usual in-studio-style recording which lends itself well to what these guys are like live (there are a few videos on YouTube that are definitely worth checking out).

I look forward to what's next for Apologies, I Have None. They've got a catchy sound and a hell of a lot of passion. Expect big things from these guys.

 

 
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TVPARTY (October 29, 2009)

I really hope this band gets big. I like Folk punk, and British shit, so its pretty naturally awesome for me.

thedude (September 7, 2009)

no mention of their band name coming from a grade song??? i find the reference a little surprising considering your description of their sound, but an excellent reference nonetheless.

m1tch (September 7, 2009)

You can't throw Tom Gabel in a blender with Against Me! Was it really that hard to come up with a third artist to compare these guys to?

Score is for the first line of this review.

outbreak (September 5, 2009)

"There is not a lot of of British "orgcore" bands are there really - Leatherface arguably preceeded orgcore."

There are some really good ones
OK Pilot
Big City Plan
Above Them
The Amistad
Bangers
Chillerton
Break the Habit

bill_stickers (September 5, 2009)

There is not a lot of of British "orgcore" bands are there really - Leatherface arguably preceeded orgcore.

Tye (September 5, 2009)

comment left on their last.fm page:

"Im glad that AIHN are around to fill the gap left by certain sellouts"

AHAHAHA

Tye (September 5, 2009)

i really enjoy their first release "Done," which you can download for free from their website. --> http://apologiesihavenone.co.uk/done.html
Haven't heard this yet, but I'm sure it's great.

CCSummers (September 4, 2009)

The band is Apologies, I Have None.
But this is actually their second release, not their first. Good shit

llmp (September 4, 2009)

Alcohol, You Have Some?

pencilsssssssssssssssssss (September 4, 2009)

which is the band name and which is the album name?

pencilsssssssssssssssssss (September 4, 2009)

which is the bame name and which is the album name?

pencilsssssssssssssssssss (September 4, 2009)

which is the name name and which is the album name?

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