There's a certain enigma about Louis Antoniou. The guitar-wielding songwriter based out of London has the look of Johnny Cash, the attitude of Alex Turner, and the bite of Joe Strummer. With the release of his greatly anticipated debut single Bad Apple premiering here on Third Outing, is this also the beginning of a new British Indie era?
With the rumble of the drums and the scream of the electric guitar, Bad Apple does a fairly sound job of introducing itself. It's a Blues-man's tune at heart with a jagged call and response theme running throughout. But what we love about the record, we mean what we really love about this record, is its sincere originality.
There's nothing else like this in the mainstream world of Indie music at the moment. If we are being perfectly honest, we'd even say that this particular brand of guitar music has been out of date for a few years now. But Antoniou is putting it back on the map. It's a showcase of viscous vocals and expert guitar, and we challenge anybody to pull this kind of thing off with greater success than Antoniou in 2017.
"Johnny Cash was like the devil with an acoustic guitar; he had a heart full of love but he knew he was a bad apple"
Thankfully, then, it's not the only release on the horizon from Antoniou this year. With a second single called I Don't Want No More Woes already available to those in the loop, we can promise you that Bad Apple is no one hit wonder. In fact, IDWNMW could even be another step up. It's an altogether more meandering affair, with the coolest of bass soundtracks being merged to perfection with the ripping effect of Antoniou's electric guitar.
Which then begs the question. Has Louis Antoniou unlocked the secret to the next era of British Indie music? He's reproducing the look, style, and attitude of some of music's greatest sons. Now it's time to back it up with a full length release. Until then, here's the video premiere of Louis Antoniou's Bad Apple exclusively for Third Outing...
The new single Bad Apple. If you could compare it to a famous 'bad apple' from history who would it be and why? Good question that! How's Johnny Cash for an answer? He was like the devil with an acoustic guitar, he had a heart full of love but he knew he was a bad apple. Maybe Jack Keroauc too.
Louis, how do you describe your style? Because we can't! Both in music terms and in dress-sense...
I would say my music Indie Rock with a sinister gritty Blues vibe lurking in the shadows. I like to think my dress sense collaborates with my musical direction, it's probably perceived old fashioned by some, but I know it's provocative, alternative and vintage. It's all in your face and I feel that attitude is needed right now with these limbo times.
So, London. How has it shaped your music? Something must help form the Bad Apple sound...
London has opened my eyes to the bigger picture. I'm drawing in influences from all different places, I think it's probably added to my moody sound, it's a fast moving town with a lot to say. Great Britain is a dystopian land right now and it's affected London in different ways. I feel like it's given London this voice like "fuck off I don't want that", and it's made us united, like with the marches. I feel like this punk attitude has infected my music in a good way.
If the Blues didn't exist, how would your music be different? Obviously not trying to delve to deeply here into Blues' influence on the entire course of popular music! You get what we mean, though...
I would probably pursue my passion for spoken word. I'm writing a series of poems at the moment themed around the seven deadly sins, but bringing that concept into a modern light so I like to think I would solely concentrate on that passion.