ED Note: Also read Andrew’s interview with Apollos’ lead singer Seth here.
Listening to post-rock is a bit like driving through the mountains: full of twists and turns, peaks and valleys, and the comforting reminder that whatever you may leave behind, there’s no telling what more lies ahead; all you have to do is wait. Apollos is largely responsible for my journey into the mountains of Post-rock. Their music takes all that is beautiful about the genre, and runs with it, and to be honest, I don’t think the band members even know where their journey will take them.
Much like the mountains, Apollos starts their music in the foothills with an idea. This idea is often a simple riff, or ambient noise laid out in a track, often with a hint of a driving rhythm that sets the tone for the rest of the song. As the idea grows, so do the mountains: you start to climb up, you notice a pressure on your ears as the drums kick to life, the pines rush by as the guitar fills your head, and finally, the sun suddenly peeks over a distant summit and momentarily blinds you, as what started as a simple idea ends in a breathtaking climax. Apollos’ song “Divine Light” is a perfect example of this imagery. Starting off with soft piano and ambient sound bites of the Apollo moon landing, eventually there is a flood of sunlight as the guitar bursts through and the vocals take over.
Apollos started in 2011 and currently consists of Seth Bostrom, Nathan Johnson, and Derek Ludgate. Their first single, “Stand and Fight,” was released in January of 2012 and was followed by an EP in July of 2012, with a new EP set to be released on September 10th this year. Throughout each release, Apollos’ instrumentation has always been focused on setting up the vocals and guitar with layered tracks and smaller musical ideas.
One of Apollos’ main charms is its pop-punk influences. The vocals and instrumentation around each chorus are reminiscent of bands like Blink 182 and Brand new, but overall their post-rock genre pulls through to create an interesting blend that works incredibly well. Going beyond the sound, Apollos has a clear faith message woven through each song, which emphasizes the frailty of human existence and the awe of an intimate connection with a God who cares about all.
I would urge anyone considering getting into post-rock to give Apollos a try. Apollos invites their listeners along on a journey through the mountains, and the best part is, once you reach the top of one mountain, there’s still the promise of plenty more to come.