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Apathy and Exhaustion is the third album by the Chicago, Illinois punk rock band The Lawrence Arms, released in 2002 by Fat Wreck Chords. It was the band's first album to be released on that label, and with this release, the band formed a close relationship with the label and its founder Fat Mike, with whom they released their next two albums. It was also their first full-length album recorded with producer Matt Allison, with whom they would go on to record all of their full-length albums.

Apathy and Exhaustion
The Lawrence Arms - Apathy and Exhaustion cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 12, 2002
RecordedSeptember–October 2001
GenrePunk rock
LabelFat Wreck Chords
ProducerMatt Allison
The Lawrence Arms chronology
Present Day Memories
Apathy and Exhaustion
The Greatest Story Ever Told
Professional ratings
Review scores
Punknews.org5/5 stars
Allmusic4.5/5 stars

Apathy and Exhaustion shows the band experimenting with verse/chorus structures, and infectious pop melodies.

Fat Mike included this album on a list of the 25 best albums released on Fat Wreck Chords.

An independent music video was filmed for the song "Porno and Snuff Films."



In the album's liner notes, the band members identify themselves under the false names Clarence Darrow, Lehigh Acres, and Weekawken Hennessy. These names correspond to several historical figures and locations:

Track listingEdit

  1. "Porno and Snuff Films" - 2:33
  2. "The First Eviction Notice" - 2:39
  3. "Navigating the Windward Passage" - 3:23
  4. "Your Gravest Words" - 4:19
  5. "Boatless Booze Cruise Part 1" - 3:27
  6. "Brick Wall Views" - 4:12
  7. "The Corpses of Our Motivations" - 3:18
  8. ""I'll Take What's in the Box, Monty"" - 3:59
  9. "Right as Rain Part 2" - 2:37
  10. "3am QVC Shopping Spree Hangover" - 2:30
  11. "Abracadaver" - 2:41


Album informationEdit

  • Record label: Fat Wreck Chords
  • Recorded, mixed and produced September–October 2001 at Atlas Studios in Andersonville, Chicago by Matt Allison
  • Paintings and sketches by Josh Marshall
  • Type design and layout by David Holtz
  • Additional art and layout by the Lawrence Arms and Kate McCaughan