Apache Dropout are drenched in retro signifiers. They took their name from a song by 1970s Brit group the Edgar Broughton Band and covered 1910 Fruitgum Company, their album art resembles classic poster styles, and their music bleeds history with its fuzzy garage riffs, cardboard-box beats, crackly movie-dialogue samples, and the Roky Erickson-worthy yelps of rubber-voiced singer Sonny Blood. It’s almost too perfect that the Indiana trio called their last album Bubblegum Graveyard and adorned it with a Tales From the Crypt-style zombie cartoon–their music often sounds like ’60s DIY pop rising from its own ashes.
The lyric featured above serves as a fitting opening line to the new retrospective compilation from Bloomington psych rockers Apache Dropout. Released this week on Family Vineyard Records, Magnetic Heads was culled from early material that the band recorded in 2008, some of which was released on cassette via Magnetic South Recordings at the time. It’s a far cry from the band’s nightmarish, candy-coated take on 1960s novelty pop – to borrow a few descriptors from fellow MFT contributor Jon Rogers – that dominated their latest LP Bubblegum Graveyard.
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