The music of the Eastbourne, East Sussex U.K. band SAINT APACHE is organic, honest-to-goodness, politically charged alt/heavy/punk-rock; Hitherto it might have been warm and melodic in its nature, but lately life has got a lot more menacing for everyone — so, understandably, their sound has developed, over the course of two EP's, into something inspiring and totally mobilizing...
“Our musical root is blues and classic rock,” says guitarist Leo Burdett. He formed the band in 2015 with schoolmate Thom Meredith (vocals). Ross Towner (bass) and Adam Oarton (drums) complete the south-coast team.
“Blues was about struggle and the fight back.” Leo states. He started to play guitar when he was fourteen “Totally inspired by Guns N’ Roses, Bon Jovi and Aerosmith...” And he went on to form the dirty-glamour ensemble: GLAM RYZE who enjoyed a semi-successful run until a gradual transformation began. “SAINT APACHE seemed realizable as a separate project,” he explains. “We did an album with GLAM RYZE but we wanted to modernize things, me especially,” he suggests. “I wanted to change my tunings, go Heavier and venture into something a lot more exciting... I wanted the band to have a deeper meaning lyrically too. Eastbourne is a good base for a Hard Rock musician, This is a place where it’s easy to get angry & excited...”
Thom started his journey into music at a similar age, taking guitar lessons and playing drums in a school-band he actually formed with Leo named: “No Idea.”
“It was a great name for a new band...” he says with a grin, “because, it was simply true... we had no idea.” Thom moved abroad, to Spain, and joined numerous outfits before returning to London and helping form hardcore-punk band SEX IN JAPAN. “We played great shows and we had a whole lot of energy. But I ended up back in Eastbourne. I started to become hungrier in my desire to create something heavy and exhilarating — with killer sounds and relevant lyrics. I was aiming for something that wasn’t quite screamo but had the same intensity and dynamism. I wanted people to sit-up and take notice...”
Then his old School friend and ex No Idea band mate Leo gave him a call and asked if he wanted to audition for his new band Saint Apache...and it was the perfect fit.
Bass guitarist Ross is a couple of years ahead of the others and was a potent force in a band named: RIPCHORD. It was a group that made a positive contribution to the Sussex rock landscape in the early 2000's; They had a distinctive sound, comparable to Muse. “I choose to be unique...” says Ross, “I go for impetuous power in my performance, with high energy... but I like to be adept — that's why I appreciate the freedom and scope offered by SAINT APACHE.”
For Adam his journey started with “loving queen as a toddler” he says… “then having the passion to pick up drums playing along to bands like Led Zeppelin, Nirvana and Hendrix until leaving school where my love for music grew into a vast majority’s of genres from the 1950s to current from reggae to soul and from The Beatles to Biggie smalls”
When the band first jammed together, they realized they had struck gold: “The way we played just clicked… We found we had a metal core, it was a tough mix of heavy rock, but gritty with hardcore punk... and together we had gnawed out this fresh new sound.”
Their songwriting sessions started by laying down some dirty riffs, then they brought in stormy rhythms and, after that, they examined what was on their conscience. “Establishing the connection between the songs we create and the social commentary that surrounds us is part of our strength...”
The “Wolf Machine” E.P.  is about the corruption of organizations, governments and the lies of the media from the people who control it: “We are facing destruction... as a race, as a planet, all because the top 1% want to thrive. It's a backwards world...” The stand-out track, “The Story Doesn't End Here” was a Metal Hammer choice and focuses on a political dimension yet remains highly personalized. “In short, this is us....” they say “We struggle with life on a personal scale. Yet big society, big government, big pharma, the big corporations... they do not help at all. In fact, they make things a whole lot worse. That's why we get angry. We have enough on our plate, just trying to live our lives as young people, without dealing with the greed and conceit of the ruling classes.”
The band are also mighty proud of the opening track: “You're Not A Slave” with its predatory, marauding riffs, unstoppable tomahawk rhythms and the complex, creative poetic spoken part. Who says alt-rock can't be arty?
Their concerts are high tempo chaos: “Our shows are hectic, to be honest...” say the band. “They are everything that rock music should be about. Full frontal. In your face. A rock-show should be physical — and it should be off the cuff. And that is exactly how we do things...”
“And we find our sense of purpose every time we play a packed room...” Their new recording “Tory Man” off their forthcoming EP Black Days (due soon) further explores their artistic and political ideals — “This is what we are about as a band: inequality, media lies, the double standards of those who rule us, and the legalisation of Cannabis… These are the things we shout about. And when we come to perform we explore them”
“Our music comes from our different backgrounds, but together we create face-to-face music that plays at punkish speed, and has the sick sound of hardcore with classic rock grooves too... combined with the energy, commitment and true message of early punk...”
They say: “Now is the time for our generation to reorganize and prepare the fight. Only we can change things. One step at a time but all together it’s possible ”
Brit alt-rockers Saint Apache have revealed the title track from their latest EP Wolf Machine!
The band, formed in Eastbourne in 2015, take inspiration from the likes of Every Time I Die, Gallows and Rage Against The Machine with massive riffs and a brilliant energy!
Brit heavy alt-rockers Saint Apache continue their assault on the UK with the release of their new single, Wolf Machine. Drawing inspiration from an array of areas, but fundamentally reared on the grit of Every Time I Die, the attitude of Gallows and the political potency of Rage Against The Machine, Saint Apache spit out edgy magnetic rhythms, monolithic guitar riffs, and buoyant energy that will leave you dead on your feet.
We’re pleased to bring you the premiere of Saint Apache’s music video for their new single “Wolf Machine” (watch it below). Saint Apache vocalist Thom Meredith comments on the song:
‘Wolf Machine’ is based on corruption and the manipulation of governments, and the parts the politicians and world leaders play. We wanted to try and portray that using a game of poker. Gambling our freedom, and rights for profit and status. The fire that surrounds the band represents the state of the world at the moment. It just doesn’t seem to stop growing! Our influence behind writing this is that we are living in a world where it seems money is more important than life, profit more important than health, and power more important than helping change things for the better. We wanted to send a strong message with this video (and the song) and we feel we can achieve that.
Drawing inspiration from an array of areas, but fundamentally reared on the grit of Every Time I Die, the attitude of Gallows, and the political potency of Rage Against The Machine, Saint Apache spit out edgy magnetic rhythms, monolithic guitar riffs, and buoyant energy that will leave you dead on your feet.
[Release date 21.07.17]
Wolf Machine is a 4 track long EP, by alt-rock band Saint Apache. It is an absolutely solid entry into alt-rock, and could comfortably sit alongside other popular artists of the genre. The whole EP has a raw sound to it, as if you’re listening to the band live. It consists of powerful riffs to establish each song, which my only criticism would be that they can become slightly repetitive. The vocals of Thom Meredith are perhaps the main standout element of each track – they are strong and perfectly compliment the music. There appears to be a mix of positive influences from other artists (although nothing is explicitly copied) regarding the sound of the EP, all of them helping it sound fantastic. Saint Apache already feel like an extremely established band and deserve to be realised.
The first track of the EP, ‘You’re Not A Slave’ is a great first impression, fully engaging me as a listener. The track is fast and catchy. Midway, the song takes a break, slows the tempo down and builds up to an even faster version of the opening riff for a powerful outro.
The song, S’tory Doesn’t End Here’ is a bit slower and groovy overall, but it still has attitude. The track has satisfying bassline and a catchy chorus. The screams used throughout the song really help to emphasise the emotions at play.
‘Halfway Dead’ is, perhaps, the quickest song on the EP. The drums seem particularly strong here in unison with the guitar riff, breaking down the song each time a line is chanted out. The track would be great to hear in concert to get the crowd going, although, despite being a well composed track, it doesn’t try anything particularly special in the way of how it is structured, and, except for one place in the track, stays at quite a steady pace throughout.
The title track of the EP, ‘Wolf Machine’ is a heavy hitter, building up with drums and a strong riff. The song is satisfying to listen to, with a good balance between harshness in noise and a groovy beat. The drums here are particularly good and really help to establish the song. The guitar is also utilised in a way that is unique compared to the rest of the EP, using high notes for a solo-style build up in the song – I just wish that the guitar was used more like this, and in more depth, throughout the EP to compliment the other instruments.
I feel that compared to their first, self-titled EP, Saint Apache have definitely stepped things up a notch, creating a more powerful, upbeat and catchy EP. I personally believe that if this EP is fully realised, it could have the potential to launch the band into commercial success – lyrically it has attitude but there isn’t enough to deter a more mainstream audience. ****
Review by Ed Hobbs
For fans of: Royal Blood, Rage Against The Machine, Highly Suspect
Our latest EP Wolf Machine is now avaiable and ready to purchase through ALL platforms!
Saint Apache are a high octane alt rock quartet that hail from the coastal town of Eastbourne, UK. Their sound is informed by an array of influences, ranging from the venom of Every Time I Die, to the drive of Buckcherry, and the political potency of Rage Against The Machine, that is all served up with a healthy dose of punk abrasiveness and a rock sensibility to creature a turbo charged hybrid. The south-coasters churn out compelling full tilt guitar riffs, distorted driving basslines, hard-hitting drums, and an aggressive gritty edge, served up with a super charged vocal delivery.
Saint Apache are the kind of hard hitting alt rock band that you rarely encounter anymore, from the opening You’re Not A Slave it’s clear that this is a dirty distorted and angry version of alt rock that carries the spirit and defiance of punk, but it’s all delivered in a heavier and hard hitting style that has rock’s self assured swagger in spades. Every single cut on the four track Wolf Machine EP is delivered at full tilt with a hard aggressive approach and energy, this is grass roots alt rock that is a world away from the corporate side of a genre that has been increasingly heading to radio friendly territory.
Whilst Saint Apache are not radio friendly the EP does have clean versions of the tracks You’re Not A Slave and Wolf Machine included, these make minor edits to the more explicit elements of the songs but you can’t mask their fury and I can’t really blame them for wanting to stand a chance of being heard by a wider audience. Wolf Machine is an EP of alt rock delivered exactly as it oughta be, there are no introspective moments, this is a full throttle adrenaline charged assault that contains all the fury and defiance of Rage Against The Machine in their prime.
'A band that sound like they've grabbed Rage Against The Machine, The Gallows & Queens of the Stone Age. Stuck them all in a cocktail shaker. Thrown in some hot sauce and pulled that delicious concoction into a pint glass of musical fury' - Alex Baker (Kerrang!)
UK ferocious alt-rock crew Saint Apache have been picking up widespread acclaim for their politically-spiked heavy rock which has picked up warm comparisons to Gallows, RATM and Queens Of The Stoneage. We are pleased to bring you an exclusive track-by-track breakdown for each of the songs included on the band’s new EP Wolf Machine, which is out via all platforms on 21st July.
We’ll let the band take it from here!
The whole EP Wolf Machine is based on corruption, corporations and governments of the world. “Wolf” lending itself to the corrupt organisations and the “machine” being the subconscious feeling that it all runs a lot deeper than we think! All in all the wolf machine is the thing that controls us and the world around us.
“You’re Not A Slave” is about not being a slave to the world you live in, to the products you buy, the clothes you wear, to the governments and banks that rob us of our humanity. Corporations brainwash us into believing we need certain things and to be a certain way. So many people fall into this trap. The song is explaining that we are all slaves in the beginning but we can break free of these invisible chains and make a change in our lives. We are all human. We don’t need materialistic things to live and survive. Life is about more.
“The Story Doesn’t End Here” echoes track one’s meaning. The world has an underline of chaos that we wish we could just ignore. If we stand up and be counted we can make our own choices in this life. We are our own gods and creators! The story doesn’t end here because this is just the beginning. Watch the video below.
“Halfway Dead” is a song about getting older and things not changing from years back! And thinking you’ll be halfway dead before anything changes but it’s a positive meaning that no matter how old we get we still fight for what we want.
“Wolf Machine” is the title track on the EP that gives its name to the corruption of corporations and the governments that control them. The unnecessary wars and killings every year of millions of innocent people, rigged elections and poverty which people still live in in most parts of the world where the machine takes the majority of the money and the 99% suffer. Endless blood shed over money, power and oil. Soldiers die all for the machine to grow. Bring down the wolf machine!
Once again here at 3 Songs and Out I’ve been thrown an absolute curveball in the form of Saint Apache, hailing from way down South!
Wolf Machine (awesome title) was a bit of a breath of fresh air for me, I’ll be the first to admit I tend to get bogged down in my usual genres so occasionally a bit of something different really helps to break the mold, which is exactly what these guys did for me.
The first track on the EP comes in with a steady but somewhat gritty guitar chug build up of the main riff and then before you know it, the whole band hits you like a ton of bricks. Right away you can feel the Punkish roots that helped spawn this sound, “You Are Not A Slave” has a kind of Slaves feel to it (Oh the irony), particularly in terms of the vocal style, which is extremely English! Mixed with a bit of Cancer Bats in terms of musical style, though maybe not as heavy. Toward the end of the track things slow down a bit and allow for a bit of a spoken word style section which really accentuates the Punky style before jumping back into the main riff hard and heavy, to lead the track out. This was a great track to open with as it quickly exposes the style of the band and proves they are not planning on letting up any momentum until this EP finishes.
And just as promised the second track “The Story Doesn’t End Here” leaps straight in with a bit of feedback and a spoken intro followed by a group scream. When the band all come in the tempo takes a steadier pace, but don’t be fooled because absolutely no impact is lost as a result. If anything this only showed how massive Saint Apache sound even when they’re pacing themselves. This track felt very Monster Truck in style for me in places, with interesting riffs and booming percussion. The bass crawl and drum beat act as a perfect rumbling platform during the main verses to allow the guitar to do it’s thing, showing musical synergy at it’s finest.
“Halfway Dead” booms in next and as promised it doesn’t release the momentum one bit, this track is an adrenaline junkie's wet dream as the band thrash out some seriously awesome riffs and booming sound, which felt a bit reminiscent of Everytime I Die in places for me. The interesting riffs, the unrelenting drive throughout the song and of course vocals that show that Thom has a great voice and even better scream, ultimately making this track possibly my favourite on the EP.
The final and titular track “Wolf Machine” wraps things up with another change to the status quo, it opens up with a full band build up that felt very reminiscent of Rage Against The Machine. And later a guitar solo that felt very inspired by the legend that is Tom Morello! This song is a bit of a steadier one in terms of tempo when compared to the others on the EP but I found it helped to really show the range of styles that Saint Apache are clearly capable of.
In summary I have to say I absolutely loved Wolf Machine (I even love the title!). Saint Apache are everything I look for in a band, the music is fast, with awesome riffs that get stuck in your head, the vocals are powerful and very unique. I honestly cannot fault this EP my only grievance is that there aren’t more tracks!
So for the first time since I joined the 3 Songs and Out team I am giving Wolf Machine top Marks! And I strongly urge you all to get a copy as soon as it is released, check these guys out because I am certain they are one to watch. Well played guys, keep this stuff coming!
Watch the new video from Saint Apache for The Story Doesn’t End Here
Eastbourne alt-rock four-piece Saint Apache are premiering their video for The Story Doesn’t End Here exclusively with Metal Hammer.
The song is taken from the band's upcoming Wolf Machine EP, due for release on July 21.
Speaking to Hammer about the meaning behind the song, vocalist Thom Meredith says it represents the underlying chaos in the world and the consumerism society we live in.
"Politicians act like your best friend for their own personal ideology and needs," he says. "The song explains how we all try to put our heads in the sand and ignore it, but If we stand up and be counted we can make our own way. If we do nothing then we may as well throw the towel in and believe in the end.
We wanted to capture the dark tone the world has in the video, which follows on from the collective theme of the EP."
Wolf Machine EP out on 21/07/17!!!
Fiery UK Alt-rock unit, Saint Apache, release their blistering new EP ‘Wolf Machine’, through all platforms on Friday 21st July.
Saint Apache are a highly intriguing angular alt-rock quartet hailing from Eastbourne, England. Pulling from an array of influences, ranging from the venom of Every Time I Die, to the swagger of Buckcherry, and the political potency of Rage Against The Machine, the south-coasters churn out compelling monolithic guitar riffs, distorted bass, hard-hitting drums, and an aggressive gritty edge, served up by Thom Meredith’s super charged vocals.
Formed in 2015, and already widely noted for their raw, in-your-face, and captivating sound, Saint Apache have an army of dedicated followers. With a huge desire for touring and playing as many shows as possible, the rising riff slingers have carved out a hefty reputation for themselves for their intense live shows. As well as making strong inroads on the live scene, the energetic alt-rockers are also making waves for their recorded work. In 2016, they released their self-titled debut EP, which helped to place the foursome on the map, notching up warm praise from the underground.
Now, Saint Apache are set to blow everything out of the water, with the release of their sophomore EP, Wolf Machine, which arrives this Summer. Compressing four chucks of highly engaging full-frontal alternative rock, the band’s new EP is a true benchmark. Instantly, You’re Not A Slave blasts into your ears with its spiky rhythms and twisted phrasing, pinning the listener into submission. While their new video single, The Story Doesn’t End Here is simply overflowing with infectious groove, whiplash riffery, and slamming thrusts of vigorous edgy rock. The pace increases in velocity for Halfway Dead as, washing over you, the track delivers a full-on adrenaline-fuelled shot of raw ETID-esque punk that stomps and pounds all over your senses. The EP’s namesake, Wolf Machine, finishes off the record in supreme style striking you with hammer-jack blows right from the very first bar. Plug in and soak it up; Saint Apache have arrived and they will not go quietly.
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