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Album Review: Pharmacie by Apologies, I Have None

UK act Apologies, I Have None release their long awaited new album Pharmacie on 26th August via Animal Style Records (US), Holy Roar (UK) and Uncle M Music (EU). Treading a line between post-punk and melodic hardcore the band have a sound that’s unique while still appealing to fans of The Gaslight Anthem, Against Me, Balance & Composure, and The Menzingers.

Apologies, I Have None have no specific message to convey, no agenda, and no story to speak of. Instead, the London, UK based post-punk four-piece explores the tolls of declining mental health on relationships and the human experience as a whole. Combining a grim outlook with layers of both rich imagery and brutally simplistic reality, Apologies, I Have None’s music paints a beautiful, harrowing picture of a misunderstood and too-often ignored struggle faced by so many in the modern world.

It’s that brutally real, no holds barred view of the world that makes Pharmacie so wonderfully special.      It is a deeply personal and relatable album that defines the insecurities and doubts that has a hold over so many people. It’s an album that defines the modern day. Just take a look at the track listing and you’ll know that lyrically this isn’t going to be an easy ride.

Conversely it’s not a challenging album, after just a couple of listens it becomes your best friend. Relatable from the outset, there’s a cathartic feel to the album. Undoubtedly you get the feeling that this album serves as lifting a weight off the shoulders for the band, but for the listener it’s something that you can get on-board with and take solace in.

Musically Pharmacie is the sound of Apologies, I Have None at the very top of their game. They take in the brutal elements of melodic hardcore and soaring hooks in the colossal opening (and lead single) pair of ‘Love & Medication’ and ‘Wraith’. Both ‘Crooked Teeth’ and ‘It’s Never The Words You Say’ are absolute world beaters, but it is important to note that there isn’t a weak song here, all 10 tracks are powerful, commanding and forthright.

That said you have to reserve special praise for the 8-minute opus ‘Killers’. Starting out as a quiet lament it slowly builds into an all-powerful track with crashes of hardcore riffs and pummelling beats. Hugely emotional, it’s hard not to be affected by the raw sentiment and passion behind the track. A nod towards the swirling and thrilling closing track ‘A Pharmacy In Paris’ must also be made. It alone has the potential to push Apologies, I Have None into being your favourite band.

Pharmacie is an essential release. Perfect for the modern day, the struggles of the average joe have been condensed into 47 minutes. Chillingly relatable and empassioned, this is Apologies, I Have None at their very best.

AD Rating 8.75/10

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