Back in November I read an article in the Village Voice about a band I had never heard of. I was intrigued by the word used to describe their sound: asoulgazing. It essentially means a mix of soul music, shoegaze and indie rock with hip-hop style looping and drum programming. We’ve all had that moment when you’re immediately, irrationally sold on a product before seeing it or hearing it. This became my moment, but of course I had to check out some songs to make sure that my preconceptions were true.
Let’s just say you wouldn’t be reading this if I was disappointed in any way.
"Look inside your soul! Does it make a difference in your life?!" screams lead vocalist Daniel Chavis
of the Apollo Heights
on the jittery and urgent "Shallow By Shallow". The aforementioned quote embodies the sound of the Heights in every way, shape and form. Lead by Danny Chavis
(twin brother of Daniel), Honeychild Coleman
and Monk Washington
on guitars, Micah Gaugh
on keyboards, and Hayato Nakao
handling bass on programming duties, White Music For Black People
(Manimal Vinyl) should be required listening for those who feel that the soul’s gone from rock music. KEEP READING
- Stephon Johnson* * * * * * * * * * * *
Apollo Heights on MySpace