Claustrophobic melodies and urgent vocals

David Caggiari has something to say. Questions to ask. And it’s spiking dotted lines amongst the blank spaces and full stops that have swamped what we consider to be popular music. In the most modern sense of the word…

“Where’s the new Bob Dylan? Where’s the new Billy Bragg?” lead singer of four-piece band Apartment searchingly ponders down his telephone line from Brussels, strikingly seeking something. “They’re out there but nobody’s interested in signing them because they don’t make any money.”

“And I’m thinking, we’re not trying to reinvent the world, we’re just expressing a moment. That’s it.”

Political apathy is hardly a new thing. Neither is social indifference, but the frustrations felt by Caggiari is refreshingly raw. “I really want our generation to mean something, and that’s something that is going to be my own search for now. We live in a state of human manipulation and nobody says anything. We’re all living in the hangover from 1969. Nobody’s giving us a song that’s saying, ‘this is the world right now’.”

Popping open the proverbial Alka-Seltzer is a tricky task to take on, but Bethnal Green collective Apartment are undeterred by the task ahead. If anything, it seems to propel them further. As the band prepare to support The Infadels for the German leg of their tour, this much seems obvious. “If we wanted to make money… I mean… we’ve all got degrees. You might as well work for the bank. Recruitment makes a lot of cash,” David deadpans. “If you want to be an artist, it’s a different search altogether. I hope Apartment will be remembered in time and not hailed in its day.”

The search takes direction with new single ‘10,000 Times’ released on 16th October on their own label with manager Jack Stevens, Fleet Street Records. It’s a caustically comedic take on a nation’s passivity towards the world around us, and the very people who run it. “It says, “we all go out in the city streets flying the flag for mutiny et cetera.”

It’s a tongue-in-cheek way of saying we’re going to be like extras for a day. And our generation doesn’t feel like it has a purpose to change things. At least not in the context of music.”

Apartment’s claustrophobic and stifling melodies, coupled with David’s urgent vocals clearly epitomises this frustration. As the guitars thrash, the percussion certainly beats to its own drum. The purpose for Apartment is simple: to make music that has something to say. And it’s something that they’re proud to champion. Their forthcoming debut album ‘The Dreamer Evasive’ will be released in the New Year to an audience who will be quick to compare them to the likes of Editors and Interpol.

The fact that their lyrics point towards something deeper below the downloadable surface will naturally cause many to slot them alongside Morrissey. But this would be a slurp of gin ‘n’ tonic too far. And anyway, comparisons don’t seem to be influencing the band in the slightest. “Even our single ‘10,000 Times’, I read this review that said we’re not reinventing the world with this song,” Caggiari explains. “And I’m thinking, we’re not trying to reinvent the world, we’re just expressing a moment. That’s it.”

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