The Mirror sat down with the lead guitarist of what one editor termed - “the best band I’ve ever seen play Rolla.”
RB: How are you enjoying the Peace? This the first time this far west or north?
ED: We’ve done three west coast tours, and are waiting for the right time to get Vancouver and getting the right support. We met a band on this tour, got to look at supporting some Vancouver bands. That has been a great opportunity. However, this is the furthest north we’ve come and it has been great.
RB: You’re a larger band with moving parts that can move in an out personality-wise. Is it pretty much the same unit on the road all the time?
ED: There is a pretty solid core that have been part of this. We have been on the road and picked up a different sax or bass player. The core members are intact, while horn section can filter in and out.
RB: How was getting musicians on board for this project as a whole?
ED: While we are on this upward trajectory, easier to convince people to join us along and on the way. Everyone has been signed on and tuned in.
RB: Does the setlist have to be pretty static, or can you mix it up with eight, nine members on stage all at once?
ED: We mix it up but have a pretty good idea where we are going. However, depending on the energy on the crowd, we’ll change it up, Feeling this, or that, or a higher energy, or more chill. Each tune individually changes from night to night. Sometimes the trombone player will take the normal sax solo.
RB: Clearly this is a live unit. Is that translating to the new record?
ED: We are really bringing that live environment to the recording. Most of it has been record so far with nine people recording live off the floor after rehearsing a ton. We’ve done about seven songs and have some more to go. So far there is a lot of depth and dynamics, chilled out parts, and but heavy stuff too.
RB: Apollo Suns is an instrumental band – it is harder to carve out an identity without an old school “front person” singing lyrics, or in this iTunes single-bit-short-attention-spanned world we live in?
ED: We all take turns and we push out from the stage as individual band members. We like to grab an audience as soon as out first tune starts. I did have some reservations, but the live concert convinces people and we’ve had really supportive fans from all over. The music is cutting through. We’re having a great time on stage, and our music videos are fun times as well.
RB: The end of the summer is on the horizon, the band has been out throughout the year on the road. What is next for Apollo Suns?
ED: We are wrapping this round of touring with some few bigger shows to pay off the year. We did some festivals earlier in the year, and on this tour as well.
The idea is to finish a new album next year and tour it into the US and over into Germany as well as doing Canada coast to coast.
RB – What is the plan rolling into 2019?
ED: Getting some product out there – and support a release of it in April. Then four to five months of touring – going to each coast.