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Band Aparte shares video for “Cherry Chapstick” via Impose

-Debut album ‘Memory On Trial’ out now via Manifesto Records

VIDEO: “Cherry Chapstick”
YouTube / Impose


(Photo Credit:  Photo by Chustin C. – click image for high-res version)

From down the end of Los Angeles, the barebones duo Band Aparte strips down and combines elements of gothic rocksynthpunk, and beachy lo-fi as macabre appreciation simmers in the gut of the city. Vocalist Brian Mendoza effortlessly channels Joy Division and Nick Cave, crooning into a death bouquet with his shirt unbuttoned. But he’s not doing it to imitate Morrissey’s aesthetic —  Band Aparte’s shows are fast and fierce, and the crowd works up a sweat at every venue they play.

It’s a dangerous mixture that has crushed nights alongside such bands as Cruelty Code, Roses, Ghost Noise, and Terminal A.

This week the band shares the cinematic video for “Cherry Chapstick.” Directed by Cassandra Lee Hamilton, the video has a Bonnie & Clyde-esque narrative, depicting the duo traversing the desert with suitcases full of cash and weapons. Stream the video over at Impose.


“[Cherry Chapstick] will have you sad-dancing your way to the end of the day.” – Noisey

“Band Aparte sounds like uncomfortably romantic synth-punk with Ian MacKaye reciting gloomy sermons written by Peter Hook. During a live show, well-dressed singer Brian Mendoza likes to attack his audience, while crushing roses and shaking his pompadour like a Latino Elvis gone nutso. He’s also one of L.A.’s most fearless and unhinged performers, which is refreshing in a scene littered with depressed Kurt Cobain clones.” – LA Weekly


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Band Aparte
Memory On Trial
[Manifesto] LP, CD, Digital, CS Release Date: August 19, 2016

Order here

1. Down The Road (Introduction)
2. Creatures of Culture
3. Dream Wave
4. Into The Window
5. Cherry Chapstick
6. Never Antoinette
7. Band Aparte
8. Plastic Face
9. Welcome In
10. Get The Gun
11. Harvey’s Youth
12. We Are Home (End)