Riding the sonic wave with Dutch Criminal Record’s ‘Apathy Mixtape’

The band's dynamic songwriting process shines through, with vocal duties shared between Sam Thrussell, Joe Frampton, and Joe Delaney-Stone, creating a harmonious blend of perspectives.​
13 October 2023

Brighton-based but Chichester-rooted, the Indie-come-Surf-Pop, dynamic trio known as Dutch Criminal Record unleashed their long-awaited EP, Apathy Mixtape, via Antifragile Records.  

Produced collaboratively by Rob Quickenden and Dutch Criminal Record themselves, Apathy Mixtape marks a return to the band’s signature indie-surf vibe, blended seamlessly with a more atmospheric shoegaze approach. Picture glimmering, chorus-drenched guitars, powerful drums, a grounding bass, and subtle synths, all creating a series of buoyant indie backdrops that perfectly complement the gently bobbing melodies of the lead vocals—honest, heartfelt, and warmly distorted.

The EP’s lead track and new single, Apathy, offers a glimpse into the collaborative magic that defines Dutch Criminal Record. Inspired by the nostalgic Beach Boys era, the track started with a lead guitar part conjured during a stroll to the post office, midway through watching “American Graffiti.” The result? A captivating blend of nostalgia and modern indie, with lyrics exploring themes of unexcitability and the sensation of time slipping away. 

The band’s dynamic songwriting process shines through, with vocal duties shared between Sam Thrussell, Joe Frampton, and Joe Delaney-Stone, creating a harmonious blend of perspectives.​

Breaking down the EP’s flagship track and latest single, Apathy‘ the band elaborates: “We wrote it quite a while ago and was a real team effort, probably one of the most collaborative writing efforts we’ve done in a while. It started with the lead guitar part Sam came up with while taking a walk to the post office midway through watching the film American Graffiti.​ As a result it was inspired by that nostalgic Beach Boys era America and made a demo shortly after given the working title Carl’s Big Chance (a nod to a Beach Boys instrumental tune)!

After showing Joe he came up with the verse / chorus vocals structure and melodies about feeling uninspired and feeling like he spent too much time wasting it. After jamming in band practise Frampton came up with an idea of making it half time and changing the whole feel of the piece making it sound more lackadaisical and apathetic – evoking the lyrical subject matter. In true collaborative old school DCR fashion Sam and Joe split the lead vocals – Joe singing the first verse and chorus and Sam singing the second verse and chorus!”

After years of conquering stages across the UK, touring through Europe, and making waves on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 6 Music, and Radio X, Dutch Criminal Record has solidified their presence in the indie scene. With a steadily growing fanbase and support from Spotify Editorial playlists, their trajectory has only intensified since joining the AntiFragile Music family.

Following a European tour with Sea Girls and performances at SXSW, Stag & Dagger Festival, Golden Touch Festival, Dot-2-Dot Festival, and Ynot Festival, Dutch Criminal Record is riding a wave of success into the release of their latest material. So, grab your surfboards and get ready to ride the sonic wave with Dutch Criminal RecordApathy Mixtape awaits.

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