Apache Dropout

Apache Dropout is a full on lysergic boogie trio from Bloomington, Indiana. They formed after the dissolution of two of the region's wilder/out acts -- Hot Fighter #1 and John Wilkes Booze. Over the past few years Apache has self-released a handful of recordings while touring the sub-U.S. Their sound is wholly new construct of '60s epoch fuzz pushed through soul stomp. With mostly guitar/ bass/ drums they channel deep melodies, primitive rock thump and blasted solos. Anu Nath's bass rattles through Sonny Blood's distorted guitar chords and howls, while Lord Fyre's drums keep it barely nailed down. The band's own Magnetic South studio has allowed Apache the luxury to create three-dimensional punk art in the recorded form.

"... Southern fried dialects babbling out hazy proto-punk, utterly blazed boogie down romps and the kind of chugging good ol' blasted rock music that speaks the same tongue from Lou Reed ..."- Impose Magazine


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    Nuvo's Top 100 Indiana albums

    April 12, 2014

    What a surprise -- though, not really, ya know? -- to see two of our albums on Nuvo's 100 top Indiana records of all time. And it's fitting that John Terrill's honey-baked classic Frowny Frown is picked alongside Apache Dropout's blasted debut. Terrill has been a heavy influence -- musically, spiritually and in libation -- to many of the Hoosier underground. As the Mad Monk, Terrill has collaborated with Apache Dropout in the past years (check out 2012's year's My Wild Life 7-inch) bringing this whole guru-teacher-student-thing full circle.

    While we gotta say there are some harsh omittance on Nuvo's list -- no Suni McGrath?!, no Sardnia?!, no Hoosier Hysteria!?!? and no Problematics?! -- we aint gonna seeth too much. 

  • Introducing Sitar Outreach Ministry

    September 3, 2013

    Since last year, Sitar Outreach Ministry's self-released debut LP Crucible Of Mutants has been a stone-cold favorite of ours. SOM is mainly one guy, a Bloomington metal worker who has spent considerable years in private studying the sitar before ever stepping out in public. So it's no surprise his first release a few years back was a deep trip cassette issued by (and recorded at) Magnetic South. Crucible Of Mutants followed and it has wound up reissued on cassette by the Burger Records crew. Everyone is down with the SOM, right? Next year, we'll be releasing a new studio LP by a full-band version of Sitar Outreach Ministry. We can't wait. Until then, check out this cover of Velvet Underground's "Venus in Furs" featuring Sonny from Apache Dropout and Miss Mess from Thee Open Sex.

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    Apache Dropout May Tour

    May 23, 2013

    Apache Dropout is back on the road, this time with Thee Tsunamis and Blank Realm. Check 'em: 

    May 24 Chicago @ the Burlington w/ Uh Bones
    May 25 Cincinnati @ Chameleons
    May 26 Columbus @ the Summit
    May 27 Washington DC @ Black Cat w/ Foul Swoops
    May 28 Brooklyn @ Death by Audio / Pop Zeus
    May 29 Philly @ Ortliebs w/ Spacin'
    May 30 ??
    May 31 Cleveland @ Happy Dog w/ Wooly Bullies  
    June 1 Detroit @ Lo and Behold Books

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    Magnetic South at SXSW

    March 11, 2013

    If you are in Austin this week, there is one stop you gotta make: Schmaltz. Yes, this is the best vegan food truck in the city but it's also ground zero for a Magnetic South Revue. Our dear pals from Southern Indiana are back in the mess that is SXSW for some unofficial shenanigans, mostly spear-headed by Apache Dropout and Thee Open Sex. On Thursday they will take over the area of 913 E Cesar Chavez from 1 to 6 p.m. Also on this Hoosier bill: Thee Tsunamis, Crys, Vacation Club and our cousins from Knoxville, the Psychic Baos. Eat a couple seitan reubans and hi-five the Tsunamis for us since we can't make it this year.

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    Point yr compass south

    February 14, 2013

    Our best pals at Magnetic South studio/label in Bloomington released two amazing records this month, debut LP of Thee Open Sex and Circuit Des Yeux 10-inch. Outside of an Apache Dropout 45, the studio has released a ton of cassettes from Southern Indiana bands and assorted mix tapes of lost/found singles -- yet these sides are their first majorly distributed statments. Thee Open Sex somehow mash Popul Vu trance and Iggy Pop fatalism. It's a bizarre, heavy rock record that we've been playing non-stop lately. Fab cover art comes via Mad Monk and Xerox the Kid. Check 'em out.

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    "We're all heads, Dick”

    February 4, 2013

    Yeah, you've seen it on the yooo toobes. Roky Erickson, Tommy Hall and the boys managed to get on Dick Clark’s teevee show American Bandstand in 1965. Clark asks the young Rocky who’s the head of this band?

    “We’re all heads, Dick.”

    If you felt Apache Dropout got a little too candy-high on last year's Bubblegum Graveyard (they didn't) then you got to sink into the sorta-new Magnetic Heads LP. This is a collection of the groups first recordings, originally released on the Magnetic South label -- Cha Cha Cha in 2008 and Lysergic Caveman Choogle in 2009. Remastered from the tapes and cut to vinyl, you'll find the electric fiddle was the prime instrument in the early days. 548 copies and out Feb. 5. 

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    Meet the Mad Monk

    August 31, 2012

    Do you know the Mad Monk? “Double Shot of Brandy” is the ripper from the upcoming collaborative Mad Monk & Apache Dropout My Wild Life 7-inch EP. This is some generational cross-coupling from the Indian underground. On the street on Oct. 16, 2012.