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Apollo Suns have fun experimenting with jazz and other forms

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Winnipeg based experimental jazz band Apollo Suns are excited to make their Lethbridge debut, with Calgary indie rock band Windigo, Saskatoon roots rock band Gunner and Smith and local jazz/ rock combo the Groove Apostles at the Slice, Friday, Nov 3.

Apollo Suns make their Lethbridge debut this week. Photo submitted
 Apollo Suns just released their debut Ep “ Each Day A Different Sun”, featuring plenty of groove, horns , catchy guitar riffs and a touch of spy movie flair.

“ We‘re doing 11 gigs in 10 days. This  will be our first time in Lethbridge,” said guitarist Ed Durocher, noting they will touch base with Gunner and Smith in Saskatoon and meet up with them at the Slice.

“ We absolutely love Pink Floyd. We’ve been described as psychedelic jazz rock, funk rock and have even called an instrumental Prince, though I don’t see it, but we sure appreciate it,” Durocher said.
 He is pleased with their debut CD, which they released on April 8, which features the full seven piece band.

“But we’ll be a five piece in Lethbridge. Our keyboardist Antonal Renie has several keyboards. So he covers some of the horn sections,” he said, noting the EP has been received favourably in the United Kingdom, German and Russia, though they’ve never toured there.

“We love that they’re listening,” he said.

 Durocher said connecting with audiences can be a challenge as an instrumental band.

“At first it was really frustrating, because people  were just standing there  and we wondered. But we talked to them after and they said they were just into the music. We’re very melody based. So now we have fun with it and we’ll get them to sing along with the melodies,” he said.

“ There’s a lot of movement on stage. We’re not a stand and stare at your feet kind of band. It’s going to be a lot of fun,” he said.

Apolo Suns play the Slice, Friday, Nov. 3 with  Saskattoon’s Gunner & Smith, Calgary indie rock band Windigo and local jazz/ pop band the Groove Apostles.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 31 October 2017 09:41 )  
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