- An MVD Exclusive
- SKU: LIB-5081
- Format: CD
- UPC: 089353508128
- Street Date: 05/12/23
- PreBook Date: 04/07/23
- Label: Liberation Hall »
- Genre: Pop/Rock
- Run Time: 42:09 mins
- Number of Discs: 1
- Year of Production: 1986
- Box Lot: 30
- Territory: WORLD
APB - Three
14-track out of print 2006 album from the 1980s Scottish post-punk alt-funk trio
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During the 1980s, APB were one of the most popular alternative bands in the New York Tri-State area, touring frequently and enjoying regular airplay on Long Island's WLIR Radio. The band was formed in the rural town of Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1979. Taking inspiration from the D.I.Y. ("Do It Yourself") spirit of punk rock, teenagers Iain Slater (singer, bassist), Glenn Roberts (guitar), and George Cheyne (drums) rehearsed relentlessly and signed with local independent Oily Records at the dawn of the '80s. The band's trademark post-punk dance rhythms energized audiences from the start, with their debut single "Shoot You Down" crackling with edgy guitar and Slater's riveting vocal inflections. APB were lumped in with similarly militaristic dance factions of the time -- Gang of Four, Au Pairs, Delta 5 -- but their own music was more celebratory and inclusive. "When I bought the second APB single, 'Shoot You Down,' I was blown away by the pure energy and sparse funk groove that drove the record," said Matt Pinfield, former host of MTV's 120 Minutes. "Over the course of the next few years, I saw the band live about 15 times. They would always pack clubs in New York, New Jersey, and Long Island." In 2018's Beastie Boy Book, band member Adam "Ad-Rock" Horowitz referred to "Shoot You Down" as a "punk dance-floor classic." The band's 30-year recording career comprised five main releases: three studio albums and two compilations. Their 2006 album, simply entitled Three, features 14 tracks of the same post-punk funk that earned them a legion of fans. The album was released on an indie UK label and has long been out of print and unavailable internationally. The CD reissue features its original artwork. APB remain an active touring band which includes original members Slater, Roberts, and Cheyne. Over the decades, APB's sparse, rhythmic sound has influenced bands from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to Franz Ferdinand. A new generation is primed to make their acquaintance.
- During the 1980s, APB was one of the most popular underground alternative bands in the New York Tri-State area, opening for The Clash and James Brown before headlining.
- The latest APB title in a Liberation Hall catalog campaign with more releases coming in 2023
- “I'd Like To Shoot You Down”' was a staple at many of NYC's underground clubs, and Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz described it as “a punk dance-floor classic.”
- The 2006 CD has been long out of print and unavailable internationally for many years.
- Still touring and maintain a solid fan base, especially in the Northeast.
- For fans of Franz Ferdinand, The Rapture, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gang Of Four
'Let me try again to describe our music. Here are a few words you might relate to: tunes, bass, dance, scratchy, punk, energy, verse, chorus, uplifting.' We couldn't have said it better!
—The Second Disc
Punk fans may find them most similar to A Certain Ratio because their funk-influenced, rhythmic sound was oriented towards pop and dance music early on
—Thomas Kerpen, Ox Fanzine, Germany
would also match up well in a live setting with ACR, if the Scots, of whom Beastie Boy Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horowitz is said to be a fan, actually plan to play live again in the future.
—Thomas Kerpen, Ox Fanzine, Germany
The whole album is a funk-ing good listen, its a mix that works and a worthy reissue from a band still doing their thing
—Vive Le Rock