APACHE Tears are finally ready to reveal the fruits of their labour.
No strangers to making music together the once Far From The Dance and Serotonin quartet reformed early last year.
Within a few months of publicly announcing the new project they graced the line-up at Kirklees Council’s massive ‘Concert in the Park’ gig, headlined by Tinchy Stryder.
But almost a year on from the high profile appearance they have barely been seen.
Now they are set to put that right and are finally revealing their debut release.
Frontman, Alec Townsend, said the highly anticipated return would be worth the wait for both new fans and fans of the group’s earlier guises.
He said: “Apache Tears isn’t a far cry from our other bands sound wise.
“If anything it’s more in twine with our very early material when we were young and had a care free way of losing ourselves in the music.
“I think maybe it takes excerpts from each band and it’s an older wiser sound.
“The ‘Psychedelic prog’ influence of old is more present but with harder hitting tunes.
“There’s more prominent melody too and a lot more vocal harmonies.”
The band spent last summer recording at Manchester band Elbow’s studio.
Working with producer Frederik Kindt, at Blueprint Studios Manchester, they recorded 12 songs, seven of which have made it onto their forthcoming debut EP ‘Barricades’ .
The band then went to London last September to master the recordings with Noel Summerville, who has worked with The White Stripes and The Strokes.
With an epic and melodic new sound, big tunes ‘Barricades’, ‘Worship (In The Rosary)’, ‘Bear Trap’, and ‘Butter Up Your Enemy’ all feature, with the Far From The Dance fans old favourite ‘Violated’ also included and finally recorded with the vigor of its birth right!
The EP is rounded off with an instrumental interlude and a prelude to new song ‘Isolated Sleep’.
“We’re incredibly proud of how this EP has turned out,” said Alec. “When we regrouped we wanted to play music that felt natural to us without forcing anything.
“I’d written a bunch of new songs we were all excited about.
“So the whole process of playing together again was very gratifying.
“How we sound now is just a coming of age I think.
“We’re constantly being influenced by different music individually but it’s not something we sit down and discuss we just pick up our instruments and play.”
Having been holed up in the studio for so long the band are now set to get out on the road and show their wares.
Alec said: “We have a few gigs to play in London, Oxford and Huddersfield then we’ll be adding to and perfecting our live show that we plan to tour extensively throughout the UK and Europe later this year and into 2014.
“We’re currently putting the finishing touches to our first music video for ‘Butter Up Your Enemy’.
“That should be online over summer and then we’ll start working on another one.”
To celebrate their EP release and imminent UK and European tours Apache Tears are holding a very special launch party at Bates Mill, Huddersfield, next Friday.
Entry: £5 with free ‘Barricades’ download + D:Coda Remix of ‘Barricades’.
Barricades will be digitally released on Monday, June 3, and is available to pre order now and to purchase from iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.