The Apartments The Evening Visits...And Stays For Years: Expanded Edition on Limited Edition 2LP + Download
This is an expanded look at the classic indie Australian acts’ 80s catalog, featuring the complete The Evening Visits… LP (previously released by Rough Trade in ’85), the criminally rare first singles as well as unreleased demos - all lovingly remastered. Packed with liner notes from contemporaries like Go Betweens’ Robert Forster, The Chills’ Steven Schayer and recollections from Peter Milton Walsh himself, this set is an essential document for anyone interested in the post-punk movement.
Born of the small but vibrant Brisbane punk/new wave scene of the late-70s, Peter Milton Walsh began to cultivate the mysterious, moody myth that would follow him through out his career that has taken him around the world. But before setting out abroad, Walsh certainly made his mark on the Brisbaine scene. His band, The Apartments, formed in 1978 and spent the next year playing ample amounts of shows around Brisbaine. With a reputation that preceded him, Walsh was sought out by Robert Forster and Grant McLennan, members of one of Brisbaine’s most noteworthy bands, The Go-Betweens. Having been offered an 8 album deal by Beserkly Records, Forster and McLennon asked Walsh to join The Go-Betweens as their fourth member in late 1978. The union was, however, short lived. There were personality differences, which led McLennon to famously say “Walsh is night, we are day. We’re sun, he’s rain.”
After the deal with Beserkly fell through, Walsh returned to The Apartments, leaving The Go-Betweens as a three piece. They went on to affectionately write a song for Walsh, entitled “Don’t Let Him Come Back”, which included the line “Here he comes, with his twelve o’clock junk...who’s that dressed in black? Who’s that in his apartment?” Things weren’t sour between the two bands and The Apartments recorded their first EP, Return of the Hypnotist on The Go-Between’s Able Label. But before the EP was even released, The Apartments broke up and Walsh left for New York City. During his time in NYC, Walsh played music with a number of bands and recorded many songs that would serve as demos for future releases for the still defunct Apartments.
Returning to Australia in 1984, Walsh got the band back together and recorded a few singles, including “All You Wanted.” All the while the band were also recording demos, which led to a record deal with London’s legendary Rough Trade Records, prompting Walsh to move to London. It was there that he recorded his first proper LP, The Evening Visits... And Stays for Years. The album received strong praise and drew comparisons to a wide range of acts such as Cocteau Twins, Nick Drake and Bob Dylan. NME said of the record “after whetting our appetites with last year’s classic import single ‘All You Wanted’ The Apartments have stunned us to a reverential silence. This album is a pure heart-wrencher, and should only be listened to after dark.”
Although The Apartments and Walsh continued to tour and record with a variety of line ups, it is these early works that provide a definitive look at their sound. Available all together for the first time, Captured Tracks are pleased to present The Evening Visits... And Stays for Years along with “The Return of the Hypnotist,” the “All You Wanted” single and a collection of demos from The Evening Visits...
The Apartments The Evening Visits...And Stays For Years - Expanded Edition Track Listing:
LP1 - The Evening Visits... And Stays for Years
1. Sunset Hotel
2. Mr. Somewhere
3. What’s the Morning For?
4. All the Birthdays
5. Great Fool
6. Speechless with Tuesday
7. Cannot Tell the Days Apart
8. Lazarus, Lazarus
9. The Black Road Shines (On Rainy Nights)
LP2 - The Last Look is a Stare
2. Nobody Like You
4. All You Wanted
5. Fever Elsewhere
6. Sunset Hotel
7. What’s the Morning For?
8. All the Birthdays
9. Great Fool
10. The Black Road Shines