Loud Apartment is a New York City music group created by musician Nevaris. The current lineup features legendary producer/ bassist Bill Laswell, turntablist DJ Logic, guitarist Will Bernard, Peter Apfelbaum (flute, sax), drummer Lockatron, and Nevaris (voice, congas, percussion.)
Loud Apartment released its second studio album, System Breakdown, on Oct. 23rd. 2020. It is the first with this lineup. Bill Laswell produced the record. It was created at Orange Music, in West Orange New Jersey.
Loud Apartment began recording System Breakdown in January of 2020. The band halted recording shortly after when the Covid-19 pandemic hit New York City. During the break in recording, Nevaris began writing new lyrics that reflected his anger at the administration. The band returned to the studio in the summer of 2020 and finished the album. They included the new material, giving it a more political tone.
Some lyrics from “Enough is Enough”, are below:
“Unmarked police in unmarked cars / pull people from the streets no idea who they are / soldiers of a corrupt administration / spread hatred and racism through the nation….No ban no registry / fuck white supremacy / they put a white supremacist in the office of the presidency / openly blatantly / celebrating the legacy / the fucking legacy of genocide and slavery”
Loud Apartment originally formed in 2008. Nevaris (vocals and keyboards), Kenny Grohowski (drums), Jim Robertson (bass), Angel Rodriguez (percussion) and Sergio Ortega (guitar) were the original lineup for the band. The group was the de facto house band for Nolej Studios in midtown Manhattan, and Uncomun events held monthly at Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn. Guitarist Matt Dickey joined the band in 2010. Loud Apartment released their debut album Get Up Get Down in 2012 featuring Bernie Worrell as a special guest. Bill Laswell mixed the recording. Bernie appeared with them for several live performances at Galapagos Art Space, Drom, and Public Assembly in NYC.
Loud Apartment is known for performing at unconventional events, often privately held, where they frequently collaborate with artists from across mediums and music genres. Collaborators have included vocalists (Garrison Hawk, Maya Azucena, Rustem Khojmemedov, Baba Israel, Imany Mladao, Eli Efi), DJ’s (DJ Logic, DJ Ambideckstricks, DJ Speedrail, DJ Black Panther), dancers (Rockafella, Kwikstep, Sita Frederick, Max Pollack, projectionists (VJ Full Stealth, Carlo De Jesus, Tiffany Kao), and visual artists such as Jose Ortiz.
In November the current lineup is returning to the studio to record new material for an upcoming recording.