Review – The Apostate

the apostateArt Bergmann
The Apostate



Nicholas Friesen @Nicholastronaut June 2, 2016

Legendary punk troubadour Art Bergmann has returned in a big way with The Apostate, an eight song LP that is so far removed from anything Bergmann has released that it’s exactly like everything he’s ever released – unexpected, fun, meaningful, cool as shit and real as fuck.

From true life acoustic tales (“The Legend of Bobby Bird”) to myths that are more than real (the Plants & Animals-ish “Cassandra”), Art’s weathered (in a great way) vocals are fleshed out by the ghosts of Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side” backup singers, especially on “In a Town Called Mean” – possibly the record’s most mournful moment.

That isn’t to say there aren’t upbeat pieces on The Apostate – “Mirage” is punk and gloriously weird, while “Live It Up” gets pretty raunchy, letting loose some effortless vocals and sprawling riffs. The year 2016 needs Art Bergmann’s wit and style more than most recent years, so we’re glad his social commentary is back in full force just in time for the social apocalypse.