Apollo Suns
(Each Day A Different Sun)
2017
Crank this to 8.7 of 11
Genre:
Psychedelic rock, Jazz, Instrumental
Sounds Like:
Tuatara, Santana, Soft Machine
Apollo Suns are the latest instrumental psychedelic rock band to make its way into our rotation. From Winnipeg, Canada, this seven-piece jam band is comprised by a group of extremely talented individuals. Their musical tastes range widely from rock, blues and jazz to soul and even funk. The music on Each Day A Different Sun displays a dynamic blend of psychedelic rock fused with elements of jazz and experimentation. It is also extremely lively, you will find plenty of entertaining uses of various brass instruments along with engaging piano and addicting percussion. It will not only consume you, but will put you in a jovial state-of-mind.

What are the highlights of the album?
We instantly gravitated towards track three, “An Impossible Bond”. It’s a very smooth track with a brilliant use of the piano, it almost has a movie soundtrack quality about it. We love how the song breaks down into an improved jazzy rock jam session at the 2:30 mark. “A Study In Red” is a very infectious tune with terrific brass instrumentation and psychedelic guitars.  

What is the meaning behind the name Apollo Suns?
The name came to fruition through bassist Dave Guenette. Originally, the name was King Apollo, yet they didn’t care for the word 'King'. Guitarist Ed Durocher always loved the idea of using 'Suns' in a band name, so it naturally became Apollo Suns. Apollo is also one of the gods of music, which intrigued the band, plus the name conjures up the ability to create unusual psychedelic imagery, just look at this awesome album cover.

How long has Apollo Suns been around and do they have other albums?
Apollo Suns is fairly a new band as this is their first EP.

Who is the artist for this album cover and does it reflect the music?
We are strong believers in the power of album art, (take a look at our Homage to the Artist page), it’s what drew us into the band.  Los Angeles based artist Corey Meyers is responsible for this great cover. He also does work for Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Element Skateboard Company and much more.

Who are the bands influences?

According to Apollo Suns, the most immediate influences are King Crimson, Snarky Puppy, Chick Corea/Return to Forever, Billy Cobham, BADBADNOTGOOD, Tortoise, Frank Zappa, Soft Machine… just to name a few.

How is the production?
This EP was self-produced by Apollo Suns with Lloyd Peterson producing the track “An Impossible Bond”. The sound is very crisp and clean, especially since there is an immense amount of instruments being played.

Who writes the music on Each Day A Different Sun?

The melodies, chord progressions and the general feel of the song usually come from the mind of guitarist Ed Durocher. Once the band gets a hold of the song in rehearsal it has a tendency to through various stages of growth, so it seems like a group effort and it shows.

Why did the band take the instrumental route?

Apollo Suns didn’t feel the need for vocals on this EP and they are not opposed to them in the future. Just sit back and let the music speaks for itself.

What adult beverage to enjoy while listening to this album?
We highly recommend Single Hop Cascade IPA by Sierra Nevada. This beer highlights with aromas of tea, citrus, and pine. The malt flavor is second to none without any bitterness.

What are our final thoughts on Each Day A Different Sun?
If you’re a fan of instrumental rock, yet need something new and refreshing, give these guys a shot. We can only imagine how energetic and lively this would sound in concert. We look forward to seeing them someday here in the U.S., but for now, we’ll just enjoy this one and look forward to a full length. - 3/28/2017

Band Members?
Ed Durocher (guitar)
Dave Guenette (Bass)
Ethan McKibben (Drums/Percussion)
Anatol Rennie (Keys/Synth)
Paul Klassen (Percussion)
Aaron Bartel (Tenor, Bari and Alto Saxophone)
Phil Collins (Trumpet)

Tracklist:

1. An Iberian Peninsula 05:17
2. A Study in Red 04:15
3. An Impossible Bond 05:22
4. A Bird to Sing For 05:51
5. A Lesson In Sharing 08:33

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