On the brand new Technomancer release, "The Outsider EP", APOP's own Stephan Groth has participated by doing backing-vocals, co-production and playing his KORG MS-20 on the track "Puppets", a cover-version of the classic Depeche Mode track!
The EP consists of 4 cover versions, and apart from the above mentioned "Puppets", the songs "I've Got A Sister In The Navy" (Rational Youth), "Sleepwalk" (Ultravox) and "The Outsider" (Psyche) make out the full EP that was released on Spotify, iTunes, Klicktrack, Google Play, Tidal, Deezer, and all other digital platforms and streaming services on the 15th. June 2018.
As of now there's no plans for a physical release, but this is subject to change!
There's also been conducted an interview of Stephan Groth and Eddie Bengtsson in Zero Magazine by the fantastic journalist Johan Arenbo. The interview is in Swedish and can be found here: http://zeromagazine.nu/2018/05/29/pageapoptygma/
In Belgian Side-Line Magazine they've also done an interview in English with Stephan and Eddie that can be found here: http://www.side-line.com/page-releases-ep-start-includes-apoptygma-berzerk-remix/
The EP is according to Energy Rekords to be released on Spotify, iTunes and all other digital platforms and streaming services 1 month after the physical release, meaning the end of July 2018.
This years gig at Kulttempel in Oberhausen was a huge success, so APOP was immediately asked to return to Oberhausen for the 2019 E-Tropolis Festival! on the 16th of March!
We are super excited, and looking forward to being back in Germany early next year, hopefully with some new material to present to you as well!
Germany, we're coming back!
Great news for all our friends in the U.S. and Canada!
We've heard you asking for this for quite a while, and we've now found what we think is the ideal partner for taking care of our merchandise "over there", and that representative is The Electric Fox. So, save your pocket money this week kids, because the candy store opens on the 14th. April 2018, and they do ship WORLDWIDE!
We will start small with a few classic tee's, some vinyl, CD's and other merchandise, and focus on growing slowly but surely! If something's missing, don't blame them, blame us, as we've made the choices of items for now. Creative feedback and input is highly valued though, so is requests for different kinds of shirts etc, but we cannot promise to print everything you ask for even if we wanted. Still, if your size is missing or there are other issues, contact them directly, and they'll do their best to help you out!
We know that all APOP fans are loving and patient, so when the new shop opens, we know that you will open your arms to them, share their links, and order their stuff, all with that happy smile on your face! ;)
The shop will be run by Kelly Rayburn, and we are very happy to include her into the APOP-family! She's an absolutely fantastic lady that we are 100% certain will steer this ship securely forward from here! So happy to have you on board with us Kelly!
So, please help us spread the happy news to your friends, family, enemies, neighbours, bandmates etc, so that we can offer even more goodies to you in the future via The Electric Fox!
You can also "like" their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/theelectricfox/
And if you've read this far down, don't despair, news about new releases coming soon! BOMBS AWAY!
<3 APOP LOVES YOU <3
Wanna do your Christmas shopping in Gothenburg, Sweden? Then the first weekend of December is a great choice!
APOP plays Brewhouse on 1st. December together with MESH (UK) in a double-headliner show presented by DepecheModePartyGothenburg, the guys behind the Electronic Summer/Winter festivals and tons of other great happenings.
It's a long way there, and in the meantime, APOP will be working on the new forthcoming album!
See you in Sweden on 1st. December!
Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/159937144667026/
Our European merchandise liaison, Lo-Fi-Merchandise in Germany have just added new t-shirts, caps and a gym-bag to our ever growing collection of clothing and fan items! There are also more new shirts, buttons and CD's that will be put up on the Lo-Fi-Merchandise page in the coming weeks, so keep watching that web-shop!
Castle Party Festival 2018
M'era Luna Festival 2018
E-Tropolis Festival, Turbinenhalle
"It's Apoptygma Berzerk, Jim - but not as we know it."
APOP reinvents itself - again - with an exciting new sound; different from, but complimentary to, the electro rock future pop stylings of previous releases.
On Exit Popularity Contest (a fix-up of the 12" EPs Stop Feeding The Beast, Videodrome and Xenogenesis), APOP founder Stephan Groth distils the essence of carefully selected pioneers to construct a classic yet refreshingly contemporary sound. Varied and vital, it brings instrumental music back into the spotlight, and after the wildly enthusiastic audience reaction to the sold-out performance in Norway last year, it appears he has tapped into a rich seam of electronic pleasure for a new generation as well as older aficionados.
Always a musical chameleon, Groth pays homage to his roots through emulating the analogue soundscapes of innovators like Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream, Jean-Michel Jarre, Vangelis and Klaus Schulze, and the driving motorik Krautrock rhythms of Neu!, Cluster and La Duesseldorf, all filtered through his own unique Scandinavian sensibility. In doing so he has created a vibrant, colourful 21st century palette on which to blend these classic influences from the Golden Age of electronic music.
Exit Popularity Contest demonstrates an admirable musical purity and sincerity, channeling the best of the past to forge a path into the future.