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MP3 RachelAPP - Burstin' EP

Off-kilter grooves, dirty guitars and quirky vocals - minimalist post-punk.

6 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Punk, ROCK: Grunge

Who is Rachel APP?

RachelAPP plays a mix of off-kilter beats, dirty guitars and quirky vocals - some have quite aptly described it as "minimalist post-punk". Utilising her very unusual voice, she crafts tales about loss, anger and social attitudes.

What others said

Everett True (Plan B Magazine, April/May 2005 issue) "You ever have that dream where Polly Harvey is sitting sullenly in the corner of a party, unknown to anyone? That one in Camden where Melt-Banana compete for stereo space with Layra Nyro, and three drunken members of Silverfish wrestle a Melody Maker journalist? Oh wait. That happened. RachelAPP is far better than even she suspects - political vitriol coached with dirty guitars and Olympia vocals. ''Burstin'' EP'' (Cats Rock The Boat) will haunt me in years to come. Don''t think it won''t."

"DIY queen RachelAPP rocks the house with raw wit and six strings. Fans of Pacific Northwest labels like K and Kill Rock Stars will find a kindred spirit in these bare-bones post-punk indie nuggets. The world can keep Beyonce, we''re sticking with RachelAPP." Editor''s Highlight on https://www.tradebit.com

A brief history

RachelAPP has been involved with the punk/indie scene for many years as a label owner, zine writer and gig promoter. She had a couple of short-lived bands in the late 90s, placing a string of songs on various indie compilations and playing a few gigs locally. She then funded APP (HLMHB) in 2002. Their debut demo album "Bif [email protected]@w Bhu" was released in summer 2003, gaining airplay on german #1 indie radioshow ''Popscene'' (Jalal described it as "Melt Banana meets Young Marble Giants"). She decided to officially go completely solo in 2004, adopting the RachelAPP moniker.
Her first solo recording was "I want some sweets", which has been picked up to feature on "Made With Linux" international compilation CD.
She then set out to record her debut "Burstin'' EP" CD in December 2004 and January 2005.

Burstin'' EP

The EP CD was released on February 7th on Cats Rock The Boat Records.
It was mostly inspired by some events from her workplace, and offer some comments on power, violence etc There is a lot of anger in the lyrics, but her unique voice conterbalances the whole vibe.


RachelAPP was raised on Madonna and Joan Baez until she reached her teenage years, switching to Nirvana & PJ Harvey immediately. Add to that a dose of riot grrrl, 4AD indie pop, Sonic Youth and electroclash, and you get a fair idea of the sounds forming her musical education. Lyrically, she is torn between stories and cryptic images, between Bob Dylan and Sleater Kinney.

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