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Exploring similar landscapes to Frank Zappa -
minus the virtuoso elements - Liverpool-based a.P.A.t.T. are a
bewildering and completely original two to seven piece band,
utilising all available genres to create a daft and beautiful music.
'Black and White Mass' sets a new standard in home entertainment,
featuring some of a.P.A.t.T.'s most accessible compositions to date,
whilst still retaining an element of surprise.
Some bands are just damned impossible to classify: a.P.A.t.T. are a (usually) 6-peice amalgamation of all that has come before & all that will slowly catch up in the end. Beyond genre defying: every instrument and style you can think of, mashed up together in jaw-dropping live performances. The experimental and chaotic beeps, buzzes and blips of a.P.A.t.T., (described on the BBC Merseyside website as sounding like Frank Zappa having a fist fight with Mighty Mouse) have steadily built up a growing army of admirers. They were featured on the promotional video for Liverpool's Capital of Culture bid, and have recently staged a multi-media installation called 'Quartet', featuring four films projected whilst the band performed inside. As if this wasn't enough, they even found time to compose the incidental music for the BBC Radio Merseyside alternative music show, PMS.
Current line up:
Field Marshall Stack - department of synthetic guitars/ monosynth/ percussion/ melodica/ bass/ vox
General MIDI - task force co-ordinator/ administration/ desk control/ drums/ bass/ percussion/ guitar/ keys/ monosynth/ glockenspiel/ cello/ vox
The Master Fader - bass/ keys/ monosynth/ drums/ glockenspiel/ percussion/ accordion/ vox
Dorothy Wave - cello/ violin/ keys/ monosynth/ guitar/ recorder/ tin whistle/ percussion/ shells/ vox
The Count In - drums/ monosynth/ keys/ bass/ percussion/ accordion/ violin/ glockenspiel/ vox
a.P.A.t.T. officially began with the completion of a C90 cassette tape in 1998. It was decided from the offset that the way the music was formed on this tape (disjointed, non-specific, omni-style) was to influence the revolving multi-instrumentalist approach, and dictate the 'anti-hierarchical' line-up of the act. It was not until 2002 and the introduction of digital recording techniques that a.P.A.t.T. were to make an 'official' release. Following several line-up changes, software changes, hardware changes, various support slots and a Dutch tour, a.P.A.t.T. teamed up with London label, Lowsley Sounds, to release their first full album, (L.P.) in 2004. Although hopes were high for this release and it sold well, a.P.A.t.T. were never satisfied with the final outcome, wanting to push things further musically. 2006 saw more line-up changes and the continuation of the recordings for that "perfect album". Which brings us to "Black and White Mass".
a.P.A.t.T. have some live shows coming up. Check the live page for details.
Black & White Mass CD
Vanity Project interview
BBC Liverpool feature
Cult Cargo interview
Stars Spell out your Name' video (You Tube)
'And She Wanted to Look at the Swan' video (You Tube)
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