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Apollo Sunshine

Apollo SunshineAudio CD
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Apollo Sunshine ~ Apollo Sunshine

Plucked from Boston's famed Berklee School of Music, Apollo Sunshine is another in the line of hook-heavy catches by New York's spinART label, and a whirlwind tour schedule has blistered its sophomore release with a merry-go-round of pop melodies splashed with claustrophobic harmonies. The band parlays its tuneful edification into an experimental collage, bouncing between art school rock, guitar-heavy psychedelia and keyboard hippiedom, yet interconnected by lyrics that are both shrewd and satisfying. "What we love is so much less that what we have," admits singer/guitarist Sam Cohen in "A Finger Pointing at the Moon," an ode to the absurdity of words that's bound by guitar and triangle percussion. Just a half-minute long, it's the perfect lead-in to the Pixies-influenced "Phoney Marony" and the mystical instrumental "The Hotter, the Wetter, the Better", and an indication to the amount of lyrical and melodic landscape Apollo Sunshine can cover in just over 38 minutes. --Scott Holter


"Apollo Sunshine" is a smart, determined statement that left me wanting more, every song is worthy of its own review -- JAMBASE.Com September 2005

"Apollo Sunshine" plays like a modern "White Album," displaying elements of the Hollies to T Rex to the Pixies. -- Boston Globe, Septmeber 9, 2005

Apollo Sunshine's Katonah, a beautifully scattered pop album that recalls bits of The Flaming Lips, Ben Folds Five ... -- PC World

Consider it the musical sequel to Rushmore. -- Houston Press

The powerpop trio contemplates childhood through progressiveness, a toybox of hooks, and an unhinged penchant for sonic breakdowns and blowups. -- Village Voice

contenders for the hot-new-band buzz include Apollo Sunshine, a power-pop band from Boston… -- NY Times

if you can't find something to tickle your fancy here, you must not like guitar-based music whatsoever. -- Alternative Press, September, 2005

layers and layers of effervescent sweetness--summer-rain piano, guitars like church bells, whole choirsful of healthy young voice -- Chicago Reader

their approach to melodious rock 'n' roll is gleefully chaotic, full of too many influences to properly enumerate them (7.8) -- Septmeber 13, 2005

About the Artist

Since the release of their 2003 spinART debut album, Katonah, Apollo Sunshine has thrilled audiences. Their unique and eclectic sound - from avant-garde noise experiment to ultra-melodic pop, to rock, to punk (sometimes all within one song), combined with quite possibly one of the best live shows you will ever see (a controlled rock chaos of pedal steel, guitar, bass, double necked guitar/bass combo, two handtaped- together keyboards/samplers, percussion, drums and how the hell does he play bass with his left hand, keyboard with his right and sing lead vocal?!), have left audiences screaming, dedicated, breathless and unable to hold still! The New York Times says " its own songs, bouncy 60's-style melodies crack wide open, breaking into outbursts of pummeling and feedback before jumping back into the tune. It's all neatly and cleverly plotted, but with a looming chaos that's anything but nostalgic." Their debut release and live shows garnered incredible reviews nationally. Apollo Sunshine were named one of "THE bands to watch" in 2004 by Alternative Press magazine, voted "Best New Band" by the readers of the Boston Phoenix. The Boston Herald placed them #3 on the top 5 Things To Change The Face Of Boston Arts and Entertainment in 2004 (#4 was the Democratic National Convention). The New York Post called it, "Electronically twisted power pop," and Real Detroit Weekly said, "A wild bonanza of colorful rock candy." Hailing originally from Boston, MA, Apollo Sunshine formed as a trio while Jesse Gallagher, Sam Cohen and Jeremy Black were attending Berklee College of Music. After their recent string of successful shows opening for the likes of Sonic Youth, Built to Spill, The Walkmen, Mooney Suzuki, and Hot Hot Heat, the band added guitarist Sean Aylward. With one more guitarist, Apollo Sunshine are able to further augment their already unique approach to pop music making them even more dynamic on stage - switching instruments, singing 3-part harmonies, and recreating the complex arrangements that were so carefully crafted on their debut album, Katonah. Apollo Sunshine has also taken their act to television, appearing as the house band for Last Call With Carson Daly, and taking over Fox Morning News last winter where they performed, read the mailbag, and got the news anchor to dance to their new song "Phoney Marony." Apollo Sunshine's dizzying tour schedule has quickly gained them a steadfast audience in nearly every city in the US. A unique "Apollo Sunshine vibe" has been emerging at these shows, transcending the usual rock show experience. The album was recorded in three weeks with acclaimed producer Brian McTear. After playing over 300 shows in support of Katonah, Apollo Sunshine is an even more well oiled machine. Their new tracks are more energetic and dynamic than anything previous. As an album, it flows wonderfully for 40 minutes, while individually, each song is a stand out. Stylistically, the songs take their inspiration from sources as varied as Donovan and Outkast. . . and everything in between. Just throw on tracks like "Today is the Day" and see if you can stop your knees from bouncing to the Kinks meet rock-a-billy guitar sounds. Then listen to the day-in-the-life cacophony on "Phyllis" and see if you don't just jump right out of your seat. Need a break? Sit back and check out the easy slide guitar on "Phone Sex" or the whispered harmonies on "Ghost." Apollo Sunshine are true musicians and an American rock' n roll band. "They're coming to your town to help you party down," rock you, entertain you and leave you breathless. . . and you best let them. It’s a damn good time.
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