Apostille is the solo musical guise of Glaswegian DIY protagonist Michael Kasparis. Initially a creative harbour from his groups Please and The Lowest Form, Apostille has grown into an explosive synth-punk project unafraid of both physicality and emotional leakage.
Powerless is Kasparis’ first album proper, following exploratory works on Goaty Tapes and Clan Destine, and is Apostille’s first release on his own Night School Records. Fiercely independent in practice and execution, Apostille’s stated purpose is to bridge the gap between audience and performer, to connect through the fog of power structures and post-modernism; to ferment a direct pop music unconcerned with control. Listen to ‘Good Man’ below…
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Powerless explodes with Life – a rage of brilliance that acts as a communal outlet of shared frustration and confusion at the world. At moments haiku-like mantras lament over a damaged industrial de-composition as in The Collector, at other times there’s a Depeche Modish fragility as in Side 2 opener Deserter. In warped, subterranean ballad Olivia’s Eyes an almost decapitated duet details criminal instincts, while live favourite Slurry demolishes proceedings with a Suicide-like take on Chicago house; a mammoth journey into the psyche of a ‘Falling Down’ prototype, lost in a world of perpetual motion, speeding up and uncaring. Touchstones of early Mute artists like Fad Gadget can be found in Apostille’s overwhelmingly physical live performances but like Tovey’s best work, or perhaps that of Crash Course in Science, there’s a depth on record that paints in more complex colours.
Apostille is pop music from the outside looking in.
March 21st – Old Hairdressers, GLASGOW. Mega Hair all dayer.
March 25th – Mono, GLASGOW. Sacred Paws Launch Party
March 28th – The Kazimier, LIVERPOOL. Chew Disco night with Happy Meals and Shift Work
March 29th – The Hope And Ruin, BRIGHTON. with Happy Meals and Sacred Paws.
March 30th – Espace B, PARIS. with Happy Meals and Night Riders
March 31st – La Rouge, LILLE. with Happy Meals
April 1st – Vrankrijk, AMSTERDAM with Happy Meals
April 2nd – De Gym, GRONINGEN with Happy Meals
April 4th – Sameheads, BERLIN with Happy Meals and Molly Nilsson DJ.
April 5th – PRAGUE with Happy Meals, Lightning Glove and Freddy Rupert
April 9th – Power Lunches, LONDON with Happy Meals and Design A Wave
April 10th – Islington Mill, MANCHESTER. Comfortable On A Tightrope party with Happy Meals
April 11th – The Flying Duck, GLASGOW. End of tour party with Happy Meals. 11pm Doors.
April 15th – Nice n Sleazy, GLASGOW with Richard Youngs, Death Shanties, SealionWoman
May 21st – The Flying Duck, GLASGOW with LCDD
June 13th – Supersonic Festival, BIRMINGHAM
2. The Collector
3. Panic Attack At The Station
7. Good Man
8. Olivia’s Eyes