APOPTYGMA BERZERK with INTO THE PRESENCE and THE SURRENDER at the Crofoot Ballroom

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 8, 2009
doors at 8PM
tickets: $15 (buy tickets)

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It's the first US tour in a long time for APOPTYGMA BERZERK, and the Crofoot is excited to present this special concert: You have probably heard the answer "it's not rocket science", but what was the question? In this case, it might offer a clue to the essence of Apoptygma Berzerk itself, to the force that drives the man who personifies the band, Stephan Groth.

Groth and his group are as inseparable as Norway and the fjords. With another vibrant album to add to the Apop canon, this seems like an appropriate moment to talk to the songwriter himself in his home town of Fredrikstad. Time to add some depth to the impressive statistics (a discography numbering more than a dozen albums, over 30 releases if we count singles and EPs as well - and a band history spanning almost twenty years, touring some 15 countries, with more to follow). "Rocket Science" is studio album number six, if you are counting, by the way.

The Apop sound, meanwhile - typified by Groth's vocal delivery - is instantly recognizable and could never be reduced to the sum of its parts. Compulsive genre seekers tend to lock them in a box labelled synthpop, but this fails to do justice to their broader appeal across electronic and rock boundaries.

With INTO THE PRESENCE and THE SURRENDER.

 

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