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Sunday, December 23, 2012
Apology - Pass You By ep (1988, Wishingwell)
Just FYI, I'm in a random mood this week, but I have to start somewhere, so I'm starting with this. I had some big time trepidation going into this record, not just because I had zero familiarity with Apology, but equally due to the pics I saw adorning the back cover - individual photos of all five band members, three of whom had hair exceeding past their shoulders, and another fella who was halfway down the home stretch. Fortunately, at the bottom of the album jacket were two very redeeming recording credits - Vic Bondi and Lou Giordano, producer and engineer respectively. That was enough to lure me in, and before Pass You By hit the turntable, I also noticed the lyric sheet included kudos to the Doughboys, All, Die Kreuzen, and the Goo Goo Dolls, not to mention several hardcore hopefuls from the same era. Thank my lucky stars that this Cambridge, MA quintet were not a pitiful heavy metal or generic h/c troupe. Then again, Apology weren't particularly mindblowing in their own right, opting for pedestrian leaning punk with relatively melodic overtones, bringing to mind Field Day-era Dag Nasty, Soul Asylum, and what 7 Seconds were up to contemporary to this record. In a nutshell, Pass You By is fun, just not particularly visionary. We Will Bury You blog has a nice write-up on this one from a few years back.
01. Pass You By
02. The Ones We Love
03. Poison in My Sweat
05. Dancing With Witches