The Apartment Club: Queue the Head-Bobbing
If You Only Have 60 Seconds…
- The Apartment Club is a local alternative rock band from Spartanburg, South Carolina
- They have released their first, self-titled EP consisting of 5 songs the band of friends wrote together.
- They’re constantly playing shows in local venues that you already frequent, find out where they’ll be with our Calendar of Everything.
I have been following The Apartment Club for about a year now, and I have to say I am a bit of a fangirl (only not a girl, fanboy?). If you ever get the chance to see them live, you should absolutely take it. Their energy on stage is mesmerizing; you won’t be able to stop moving throughout the entire set. The band’s stage presence is captivating, the between song banter is on point, and sometimes they even throw gag gifts to the audience. Luckily, you’ll have a chance to catch them live as they tour the Southeast this March with a limited run of shirts, stickers, and physical copies of the EP to be sold as merch. Around the Upstate, they frequent the Radio Room in Greenville where they have a show lined up for January 12th with Tides in Transit supporting them. Are you ready to become a fanboy/girl? Let’s go behind the music.
Merging many different influences from Manchester Orchestra, to Outkast, and everything in between; The Apartment Club is a Spartanburg based band, gearing up for the release of their self-titled EP under Wilcox Heights Records. The Apartment Club consists of Acen Herron, Jake Bagwell, and brothers Geoffrey and Nate Kelly. The band has been making sweet music together for almost two years. Those two years have been spent playing local venues and houses while writing what has become their incredible self-titled EP. What’s in a name?
Slapping the Skins (Playing the Drums)
While the group was writing in Herron’s apartment, Geoffrey Kelly was honing his craft on lead electric, however; a rhythm section was needed after the departure of Walker Scott, percussionist, during the writing process. Geoffrey stepped far out of his comfort zone and began slapping the skins (that’s playing the drums). Rounding out the lineup, Bagwell came in and began playing lead electric guitar. Geoffrey settled in quickly and The Apartment Club became a well-oiled music machine.
Queue the Head-Bobbing
What makes this group unique is their expansive musical talent that permeates the recordings on the self-titled EP. As far as sound, The Apartment Club ranges from light and airy guitar tones on the opening track, Tightrope, to in-your-face distorted rock and roll on the closing track, Why. Something that’s consistent throughout the EP is the groovy bass lines laid down by Nate Kelly. Pair Nate’s basslines with his brother’s beats on drums, and you’ll be bobbing your head to the groove for the entire length of the EP. However, their songs aren’t all feel good jams.
Tunes for Your Mood
The Apartment Club presents the perfect example of a well-blended indie rock band. When it comes to songwriting, Herron takes extremely personal experiences from his own life but makes them so relatable that anyone can connect on some level. From the loss of a loved one to emotional breakups that last way too long (we’ve all been there). Everyone can get something out of Herron’s writing. The lyrics, blend with the light guitar tones, to give you chills. Listen to the track, Dallas, and I promise you will get shivers down your spine.
For the members of The Apartment Club, making music is all they have known for years. Every other outlet of expression doesn’t make sense and feels foreign to them. It’s a way to cope with their demons, rather than drink them away or write passive-aggressive social media posts. Everyone has their own way of coping, for The Apartment Club, the method is to sing about their problems and it’s evident in Herron’s lyrics.
The Line in the Sand
When the band isn’t practicing, you can probably find them watching The Atlanta United soccer team. They’re such fervent fans, that they won’t even hold band practice during a game. When they aren’t cheering on United, you could probably find them eating waffles at Mr. Waffle in Gaffney. According to Herron, they’ve got the best waffles (further research is required…for science).
That being said, when they aren’t cheering on their favorite team, or scarfing down waffles, you can bet you’ll find them on stage doing what they love. The Apartment Club is sharing their passion with the people of the Upstate, and their passion is worth listening to.
If you’d like to follow The Apartment Club, you can find them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and a plethora of music streaming sites. Want the EP for yourself? You can purchase it from the band’s Bandcamp page.