INTERVIEW: The New Apollos

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

John: We’ve been great, went to summer stage to see some live music yesterday, actually saw Portugal the Man for the first time ever and they were really great!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Echo Echo”?

Like a lot of singer songwriters, I’ve become a bit of a home producer. I’ve recorded hundreds of songs on either my iPhone, Garage Band, Logic and/or at studios, and sometimes its hard to keep track of them all. So, I was listening to music on shuffle on my phone and “Echo Echo” came up and I was very impressed. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I think you will too!

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

I absorb from all over. The chorus is a mixture of two things. One is from The Lumineers song, “Flowers in her Hair,” where they say “be in my eyes, be in my heart.” I always thought they were saying “beat in my heart” and when I was performing with Wes, the lead singer in the Lumineers, thats what I would sing. Years later, my friend who I was collaborating with told me of her experience at a music festival where she was dancing and falling for this guy that she was with. In “Echo Echo” the chorus goes, “outside in the park we were dancing dancing. Take another beat of my heart we were dancing dancing.” The songs is built around that imagery.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

The video that we have for this EP is called “In the Shade,” which is the title track and its on our website. It will be available on Memorial Day, Monday May 30th. We are having an EP release show at Mercury Lounge with some great local NYC bands, come celebrate with us!!

The single comes off your new album In The Shade – what’s the story behind the title?

I went to a karaoke bar with some friends and someone was singing “Cannonball” by The Breeders. I’d never heard that song and was pretty blown away and went home and wrote “In the Shade” which has the same droney grunge feel.

How was the recording and writing process?

Hard. Like I said earlier, modern technology has made it possible for everyone to be their own producer, arranger, engineer etc, and thats been an interesting process that I’ve had to wrestle with. Learning simple things like how to track vocals properly, (no need to have 10 vocal tracks for the first verse?!) can be frustrating and takes time. And, obviously things are always changing so its a never ending process. Especially when it comes to production. But its also the best!

Does Brooklyn play any role in your sound?

At this point, I have a love/hate thing going with NYC and Brooklyn. I love it, and there is no place I’d rather live. I’ve given my heart to this city and will always call it home, its the backdrop to all our songs. Having said that, part of being a successful recording and performing artist entails hitting the road and I would love to experience that too!!

What led you guys to record three EPs?

We’ve got the material and thought it was a unique way to release it. This gives us time to make videos, get premieres, write – ups, interviews, plugs in blogs while simultaneously finishing up tracks. It gives us content and timelines to use as a spring board for this project. I spent years not releasing anything and now Im kind of doing the opposite. It could be crazy, but it feels right. Also, we plan on taking the best tracks from each EP and compiling a best of record of sorts and releasing it in the Fall. Its fun!!

Would they follow the same theme or are they stand alone records?

Each one is going to differ, but also have some commonalities. The first one, “In The Shade,” is grungy garage rock, and the second one, “Against the Wind,” is a little more acoustic with programed beats or no beats. Maybe a little more experimental. The third one, is a mystery to us at this point, but we want that one to pop!! Might be a little more HI-Fi and up tempo.

So it’s like a concept series?

Yea!  A soundtrack to Summer 2016. Watch us evolve, evolve with us, grow with us, listen to us while you grow. That sort of thing.

Any plans to hit the road?

We’ve got a show at Steven’s Talkhouse on June 26th in Long Island and we’d like to make it to John and Peters in New Hope soon. Maybe make it down to Nashville soon.

What else is happening next in The New Apollos’ world?

Isn’t that enough, haha! But seriously, we have nothing more to tell you. See you at Mercury Lounge on May 30th!!

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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