Exclusive:: New Apollo Ghosts - Cedar Street EP

I’ve made no secret of my torrid love affair/borderline stalking issues when it comes to Vancouver’s Apollo Ghosts. Almost every day I try to come up with a new way to post on the scrappy three-piece from Vansterdam, hoping not to get scooped by my arch nemesis over at Chipped Hip. Of course, I’m not alone in this quest, as the last two months have seen the band grow from local legend to Polaris Long Lister, but honestly I can’t remember stumbling on a young band as exciting as Apollo Ghosts.


Over the last two years, the band has released two killer LPs, a split 7″ with Role Mach and an EP that should make other bands green with envy. Each release is stronger than the last and considering the volume they are putting on record, it’s easy to see why critics have spent countless paragraphs in ’10 discussing the band’s touch points and influences. This time around front man Adrian Teacher takes the process into his own hands by including three covers he recorded on a 4-track as part of the new Apollo Ghosts / Divine Prophet split EP.


Obviously, hearing Adrian’s take on classics by The Vaselines, The Monks and The Minutemen is a great look at the band’s influences and makes this new split cassette a must-have, but the four original tracks the band recorded still make up the meat of this release. The reprise of “I Won’t Support Your Love” consists of simple parts; a killer bass line, Teacher’s jangly guitar and Amanda Panda’s echo filled backing vocals but the two-minutes demand repeating. “My Own Father (Caught A Dirty Bank Robber)” blends a 50′s breakdown with angrier strums and chugging drums. “Allan Smithee” could have easily found a home on their Polaris nominated Mount Benson, and “Validation!” may be my favorite AG song to date. The hint of sunshine that the group backing vocals adds is the perfect counterpoint to the head nodding riff and heartache. All in all, you might want to grab this limited edish cassette quick fast.

Not much else I can say here folks. So just enjoy the extra special sneak preview of Validation!


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MP3:: Apollo Ghosts - Validation!
WEB:: http://www.myspace.com/adrianteacher



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