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Apollo SteamTrain

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Apollo SteamTrain are a four-piece juggernaut of a band with their roots planted firmly in the British rock scene.

Featuring Les Robinson, formerly of Taranaki legends The Nod on guitar, the well traveled Ian Clark on bass, alongside James Bos on drums, formerly of Nine Mile Stone in the engine room, the rhythm section delivers a powerful platform from which singer/guitarist Brendan McCarthy then builds his hook infused rock ‘n’ roll tales.

Apollo SteamTrain have toured extensively around the Shaky Isles from their base in Tauranga and have a deal in place with Songbroker which has seen their tracks synced on several high profile TV shows including Shortland Street and Filthy Rich.

Looking to take things to the next level AST have enlisted internationally renowned producer Greg Haver (Manic Street Preachers, OpShop, Catatonia, The Feelers, Six60), recording 2 songs at Neil Finn's Roundhead Studios and mixed in the UK by Tui award winning Engineer Clint Murphy and mastered in New York at Sterling Sound by Ryan Smith.

The 2018 plan for Apollo SteamTrain is to release music and play as many live shows as possible. The latest single Superstition (Looking in the Mirror) is available at the links below
Spotify
iTunes
Google Play

Band Members:
Brendan McCarthy (vocals, guitars)
Ian Clark (bass, vocals)
Les Robinson (guitars, vocals)
James Bos (drums)

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  • Tauranga


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  • Brain Bell Jangler

    “Brain Bell Jangler” is the first offering from a collaboration with international producer Greg Haver. Recorded at Roundhead Studios in Auckland and mixed by TUI Award winning UK based Engineer Clint Murphy, the track is a combination of catchy guitar hook and vocal melodies, layered over hard hitting drums that take the listener on a no nonsense sonic journey. “It’s been a pleasure working with Apollo SteamTrain on their new recordings and helping them forge a vision for Brendan’s songs. Their determination to keep the band’s music moving forward is inspiring” – Greg Haver Written by front man, Brendan McCarthy, the track is inspired by his formative musical and partying years in Dunedin, where he was developing a sense of himself. The “Brain Bell Jangler” is the voice that exists in all of us, always pushing us to not settle for second best and to get out there, enjoy life and fulfil our dreams. “Motivation is often the underlying theme for the lyrics that I write”, says McCarthy. “ To find where we belong, we just need to listen to our BBJ”.
    Download Now [Size: 5.34MB | 3:53 | 192kbps]

  • Superstition (Looking in the Mirror)

    “Superstition (looking in the mirror)” is the second offering from a collaboration with international producer Greg Haver. Recorded at Roundhead Studios in Auckland and mixed by TUI Award winning UK based Engineer Clint Murphy, the track is a combination of catchy guitar hook and vocal melodies, layered over power house drums that take the listener on a no nonsense sonic journey. “It’s been a pleasure working with Apollo SteamTrain on their new recordings and helping them forge a vision for Brendan’s songs. Their determination to keep the band’s music moving forward is inspiring” – Greg Haver Written by front man, Brendan McCarthy, the track is based on the theme of becoming addicted to the modern world. Speaking in the 2nd person narrative, the lyrics make statements that “You’re so addicted” and “you have lost your sense of understanding”, but then resolve with the narrator admitting that “You’re not alone” and “I’m here with you”, meaning everyone is in this crazy world together. The theme is loosely extended to the idea that the reflection of ourselves is only what we want to see and not what we really are.
    Download Now [Size: 5.32MB | 3:52 | 192kbps]

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