Clean guitars, lush harmonies, and some implied sunshine. That’s the vibe on “Apathy,” the new single from Brighton-based indie rockers, Dutch Criminal Records. A bit of a nod to the Beach Boys, it reaches for breezy alternative flavors that have been repurposed time and again in indie rock – most notably the American 60s, British 90s, and Australian 2010s. It’s no surprise the band hails from where they do, as at any given moment, the mixtape would be well-fit for surf and sun. But as fall settles in, there’s a relishable degree of warmth that you can’t, and shouldn’t miss either.
“‘Apathy’… was a real team effort, probably one of the most collaborative writing efforts we’ve done in a while. It started… while taking a walk to the post office midway through watching the film American Graffiti.”
“’Apathy’ we wrote quite a while ago and was a real team effort, probably one of the most collaborative writing efforts we’ve done in a while. It started with the lead guitar part Sam came up with while taking a walk to the post office midway through watching the film American Graffiti.
It was inspired by that nostalgic Beach Boys-era America and made into a demo shortly after given the working title Carl’s Big Chance (a nod to a Beach Boys instrumental tune)! Joe came up with the verse and chorus vocal structure about feeling uninspired and like he spent too much time wasting it. After jamming in band practice Frampton came up with an idea of making it half time, changing the whole feel of the piece making it sound more lackadaisical and apathetic – evoking the lyrical subject matter. In true collaborative old school DCR fashion Sam and Joe split the lead vocals.”