Apache Dropout – Bubblegum Graveyard

Last year Indiana garage-throwbacks Apache Dropout released their torn and frayed self-titled debut, a ragged collection of tunes that recalled the drugged-out gutter pop of White Light/White Heat-era Velvets scoring dope with the Nuggets boxed set.  It’s my own fault that I’m a few weeks late getting to its stellar follow up, Bubblegum Graveyard, which was released not too long ago by Trouble in Mind.  A worthy successor in every sense, the new LP extends the band’s guttural song-craft with slightly cleaner production and a stronger connection to campy comic horror (which was hinted at on the last LP on tracks like “It’s A Nightmare”).  Two of my favorite cuts are the skuzzy “Quaaludes ‘68” and Midwest anthem “I-80”. 

“Quaaludes ‘68”

“I-80”

(from Bubblegum Graveyard. Buy here)

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