AP Tobler, 15 year-old singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and grunge poet recently announced her new single “Eye for an Eye” from her upcoming debut EP Alternate Vision. The young artist continues to demonstrate wisdom beyond her years and taste from before her time with raw lyrics rooted in grunge and alternative rock.
In “Eye For An Eye,” AP narrates the experience of realizing that she’s in a toxic friendship, and uses the song as a way of releasing the negative emotions after ending things with her best friend. With big grungy guitars, heavy drums, and an intense vocal performance, AP is able to channel the pain and anger behind the song to the listener as she twists the knife with raw lyrics like “playing the helpless victim is your favorite game.” The honesty is substantial and the pain and fury is palpable, delivering the song from the qualms of young adulthood to the truth that this is real pain that anybody can connect with.
In her work, AP focuses her energy on writing about things that scare her. Diving into topics like mental health and feelings of isolation and dystopia, AP finds that writing music is powerful medicine when it comes to addressing her own struggles. Because she uses music as a coping mechanism and a source of healing, AP’s music is especially unique in its direct correlation to her personal life; “I speak nothing but my truth,” she says, “I’m transparent about my experiences, and talk about things happening in the real world. Everything about the AP Tobler project is actually me. This is how I dress, these are things from my real life experience, and this is my authentic self.”
In addition to her obvious talent of writing, AP Tobler is unusually hands-on in her involvement with making her music come to life. Since picking up drums at age 8, AP has become a multi-instrumentalist and as a result, every instrument you hear in her songs are ones that she arranged and recorded herself. Consequently, it makes sense that her single “Eye For An Eye” feels like such a cohesive track where each part has been carefully glued together to create the powerful track that it is.