The band’s very straight recording gives an insight into how independent working bands manage to pull the punters in and this with this album, one could almost be at a gig in the same room with them.
The vibrancy and urgency of their playing is there for all to take in, without any unnecessary technical wizardry and if you have been to one of their gigs, I am certain that this album will replicate what you heard live.
The opening chords to the first track, Easy Street, could well have come from the early Who back in their playing days at the Marquee and other such clubs, but Apollo’s Attic have managed to not only capture that retro sound but have made it their very own and very much of this decade as well.
The very fact that this band has taken time out to record their own self composed numbers, shows a certain self-certainty and why not! Apollo’s Attic defy the genres and mix and match sounds to make them their own, but listen carefully to that neat guitar playing (whether it be acoustic, or electric) and one can hear elements of space rock, post punk, pop and more. This band has borrowed from nobody and their playing shows how they have honed their craft over many months (and more) of live playing.
One Step Away has those elements of space rock and throughout the album the playing is tight, inter-active and lyrically sound.
For bands such as Apollo’s Attic, there is, unfortunately, no such way to the top via ‘easy street’ but the punters will still be there for them long after chart bands have faded into the mists of time. That is what music is about and the story of Apollo’s Attic will be a fascinating one to follow.
With eleven tracks on their album, Apollo’s Attic has proven its credentials and the band’s followers will be lapping the album and the band’s gigs up; we at Community Radio, have heard, listened, liked and played and the rest is up to the mainstream media ……..