We haven`t played live in the southern parts of Sweden since 1994, but December 9th, we'll be back, performing at electriXmas 2017. Our friend Daniel Myer will be there with his project Architect, and we're looking forward to entertaining Malmø together with him, as well as ME THE TIGER, Seeming and Electronic Frequency!
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Finally we can announce that Apop will play at the E-Only Festival in Leipzig in the beautiful venue "Leipziger Stadtbad". For more info check the live section!
We created new shirts for you guys, and we are glad you like the new design so much that we almost sold out at Amphi Festival! You can now find the new shirts in our shop!
Due to increasing public demand, all APOP albums prior to "Exit Popularity Contest" will be available on Spotify and other streaming services starting April 28th.
We will always be a band that favors physical formats over digital ones, but we understand that streaming will help fans access harder to find releases such as "Rocket Science", "Sonic Diary" and "APBL98". "808 Bit" from the APOP side-project Fairlight Children will also be among the albums now available for streaming.
In keeping with the retro spirit of its creation, "Exit Popularity Contest" will remain a physical-only release.
Stephan Groth of Apoptygma Berzerk on Spotify vs. vinyl, his inspirations and the new alter ego. Read it here!
The Best Overlooked Records of 2016
"There are many reasons why an album might not get much press, and most of them don’t have anything to do with whether or not the album’s actually any good. The most common culprit is poor timing—like coveted movie release dates, it’s often a “when it rains, it pours” situation where all the great albums seem to come out on the same day. This forces the cultural media outlets, already pressured by declining ad-sales and declining attention spans, to go with the press release boasting the highest number of streams, downloads or followers."
Read the full article here!
"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.