Shall Noise Upon, set for release on September 2nd, 2008 on the
Headless Heroes label, is the third full-length album from Apollo
Sunshine. Recorded during the summer of 2007 in the Catskill Mountains,
in a house inhabited by spirits (and next door to the home of the
original Uncle Sam), the album sees multi-instrumentalists Jesse
Gallagher, Sam Cohen, and Jeremy Black weaving through a multitude
of styles (psych-pop, groove-funk, cowboy songs, samba/tropicalia)
with assured fluidity and inspiration. This is not a band searching
for their sound; they have crafted an awesome mix of original material
that celebrates the journey through darkness and light.
Surrendering themselves to the collective head-space and transformative
alchemy of Apollo Sunshine and with help from their friend and
co-producer, Quentin Stoltzfus (Mazarin), Shall Noise Upon is an
illumination of love in a world of “dangers”- real and false. The
CinemaScopic arrangements on the album couldn’t have been realized
without recruiting a parade of musical friends including: Drug Rug,
Edan, Tulsa, Viva Viva, and White Flight. The result is a timely
collage of lush instrumentation: drawn from home-made samples and
field-recordings to singing bowls and jaw harp. The sounds on
Shall Noise Upon come together in an impressionist tour of
Album-openers “Breeze” and “Singing To The Earth (To Thank Her For You)”
are love-poems to nature and longing, weaving the emotional connection
to the world and to each other as one magnetic force, while building
and bursting to the sound of cascading autoharp and drippy pedal-steel.
“666: The Coming Of The New World Government” likens America today
to the fall of Rome around anthemic psych guitar scrawl, propellant
percussion, and winding vocal harmonies. “Brotherhood Of Death” is
a brain-buster from the apocalypse that tells the hallucinatory tale
of a man intoxicated by greed and power; followed by “Happiness,”
a gorgeous, expansive instrumental, which sounds like an orchestra
conducted by Ray Davies.
The band is already recreating the depth of these new studio recordings
live. That may seem hard to pull off, but for anyone who’s ever
seen Apollo Sunshine, maniacally switching instruments, producing
an extra-terrestrial sea of tones, this is where they shine the brightest.
Over the last few years they’ve toured with Apples In Stereo,
Dr. Dog, and They Might Be Giants, Toots and the Maytals and performed
at Bonnaroo, Langerado, and Sasquatch. This summer they’ve already
played at the Wakarusa Festival in Lawrence, Kansas and they’ll
also be appearing at the 2008 Wireless Festival in London.
There is an impression you get from an amazing mix, where distinct
parts add up to a unified feeling; and with each play, the range of
sounds grow more connected to each other. It’s these gifts, “albums”
traded among friends that inspired Shall Noise Upon. It will have
you believing in love, in a world both dangerous and beautiful.
Link to “”666: The Coming Of The New World Government”: