world of music has
enjoyed a long and illustrious relationship with the game of chess.
From Beethoven to David Bowie to the Wu Tang Clan, there have been
who, in their downtime, have loved nothing more than to pit their
wits over the famous black and white checker-board.
that list of luminaries we can surely insert the name APRE, the
hotly-tipped London-based alt-pop outfit. The band’s central
creative partnership, Charlie
Brown (vocals) and Jules Konieczny
(lead guitars), first met three years ago at Ealing Chess Club, when
they bonded over Kings, Queens and, of course, their love for music.
Deciding to start a band together, the duo ended up using the chess
club’s backroom as their rehearsal space – and quickly
established their own distinctive sound.
bracing, beguiling collision of 80s-infused synth-pop and futurist
alt-rock, APRE are as inspired by the observational lyricism of Pet
Shop Boys as the indie lineage of acts like Foals, via the
culture-colliding production of Peter Gabriel. Moreover,
is matched by suitably big
climate (‘Guns Down’), the more isolating aspects of technology
(‘Everyone’s Commute’), or
how modern relationships can
all this, the
duo’s expansive, emotionally engaging approach permeates all
aspects of their songwriting.
Cutting their teeth on support tours with Sam Fender, Inhaler and Friendly Fires, alongside their own sell-out shows, the band are now readying the release of a debut mini-album, Always In My Head, for November. Carefully, stealthily, plotting their next move – APRE are well on course to becoming musical Grandmasters.
Somewhere’. The band’s most recent single, this life-affirming
slice of alt-pop perfectly highlights their talent for combining
shrewd, observational narratives with sleek experimentation.