Support: The Sweet Release of Death
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Aanvankelijk klinkt de hypercatchy rammelpop van het Amsterdamse Apneu droogkomisch en speels. Wie de oren echter iets verder spitst, ontdekt een overvloed aan naargeestige, sympathieke, schertse en ja, zelfs ontroerende kwinkslagen.

Het derde album This Will Never Happen To Us haalt meer dan ooit inspiratie uit het alledaagse leven, zonder de nonchalance van voorganger Hard Feelings  (voormalig album van de week bij 3voor12) te verliezen.

This Will Never Happen To Us is opgenomen in de roemruchte Vondelbunker, een atoomkelder-annex-muziekbroedplaats in het Amsterdamse centrum. Apneu schakelde doorgewinterde krachten Roald van Oosten (ex-Caesar) en Henk Jonkers (Hallo Venray) in als co-producers en gastmuzikanten.

Vanavond in V11 viert Apneu de officiële release van This Will Never Happen To Us, dat deze zomer via thuislabel Subroutine Records het daglicht zal zien.

On their third album This Will Never Happen To Us, Amsterdam’s Apneu thrives in quick-hitting jangle pop bliss that’s filled to the brim with sly witticisms. Curiously enough, Apneu’s well-earned rep as your resident tricksters might take a hit. Debut LP Boy Problems and sophomore effort Hard Feelings struck iron with their sketchy quality, teasing the listener with catchy hooks, only to cut the tunes short prematurely. In all its zany, scuzzy brilliance, the music teasingly left the listener stuck at third base wanting more.

But! It was worth the wait: This Will Never Happen To Us fully orbits bright pop orthodoxies with bold disposition. The album was recorded at Amsterdam’s infamous Vondelbunker, an underground venue stationed at the fulcrum of Amsterdam’s city life. Fueled creatively by the productional input of two of The Netherlands’ seminal indie heroes, Roald van Oosten (Ceasar) and Henk Jonkers (Hallo Venray), Apneutook a more drawn-out, sophisticated approach to their songwriting. As a result, songs like “Fixer Upper”, “So What” and “People You May Know” are instantly satisfying earworms that stay hot till crunch time.

Then there’s that ambiguous title: This Will Never Happen To Us. Is it a confession or a denial? Instead of giving a straight answer, Apneurelishes in contrarian push-and-pull lingo, alluding to silly, meaningful and dark reflections with an even-handed shrug. Does it matter whether Apneu come clean on This Will Never Happen To Us? For all you know, the answer might be hiding in plain sight.