It wouldn’t be a stretch to say Apollo Ghosts is one of, if not my favorite modern band. The only thing more remarkable than their consistency – honestly, I have loved almost every single songs they’ve ever record – is how prolific the band is. In just three years, Adrian Teacher and his band have dropped two full lengths and four EPs.
Their first two LPs were full of quick hitting, jangly pop ditties that disguised life threatening illness and boyhood nostalgia. Since then, the band has been in a constant state of creative flux. Whether it’s evolving into a four-piece (with dreams of a undefined collective on tap), recording a split with a part-time wrestler or effortlessly becoming a more muscular outfit, this isn’t the same Apollo Ghosts we heard on Hasting Sunrise and that’s part of their charm.
Much like Halifax’s Long Long Long, AG writes music as an outlet and finds it hard to confine their sound or attach a dollar value to their art. At their Hali show they gave away slabs of vinyl and every release has been a free download, so it’s no surprise their new 7″ is available for free as well. Money Has No Heart is a tribute to late ’00 Vancouver punk rawk and four tracking, and even as Teacher, Amanda, Jay and Jarrett crunch through heavier riffs, the band’s charisma still shines through.
Considering the 5-song 7″ is over before it starts (a run time of 7:53), there’s a lot going on. The title track drives forward with a crunching guitar, shaking drum kit and bass line that sets the table, but it’s Teacher’s opening lyric that seals the deal.
Here’s a little slice of the human condition.
Simple and straight forward, but most importantly, the perfect entry point. The rest of the EP is full of the same heavy, addictive quick hitters and solid lyrics – my twitter review sums up my feelings pretty accurately – but even with the group sing/shout choruses of “Ultra Kool” and “Night Vision”, the real show stopper is “Lightweight.” The guitar in this dreamy, two-minute gem sparkles like Little Wayne’s teeth, but just are impressive are the beautiful falsettos that fuse to your cerebellum and the bass line that sticks to your ribs. F@ck, I love this band.