James Apollo and his Sweet Unknown (CD release party) and Ghosts I’ve Met at The Fremont Abbey 7/27Posted by Jessica Kaminski
Traveling light and traveling often are hallmarks of James Apollo. Mr. Apollo and his band have been traipsing across the USA and Europe on a grueling schedule of live performances since 2009. An insatiable wanderlust and panache for poetic live performances make James Apollo a troubadour of moving Americana. Friday night will bring the itinerant Apollo and his raucous road band, The Sweet Unknown, to the Fremont Abbey to debut their latest release Little War, Little Less.
Little War, Little Less is the follow up album to 2011’s Till Your Feet Bleed. Little War, Little Less was released June 5 and produced by indie pioneer Damien Jurado. This latest album is a mix of riotous western themes, dusty melodies and 50s soul that captures the energy and intensity of Apollo’s live show. You can witness that energy and intensity for yourself. On July 27, Apollo and his band will be joined by an elite selection of musicians cherry picked from the Seattle Rock Orchestra. If you have never seen a show at the Fremont Abbey, Friday will be a lovely introduction to this acoustically stunning venue. It will be a big band and big show in an intimate space — a renovated church. It is the perfect setting for Apollo’s evocative and adventurous songs.
Ghosts I’ve Met will also be filling the Fremont Abbey with delicious and delicate melodies punctuated by a rich assortment of instrumentations. With haunting and intense vocals, Sam Watts superbly delves into a luscious aural landscape with his immersive and introspective lyrics. Ghosts I’ve Met shouldn’t be missed — so don’t be late.
Singer songwriter Whitney Ballen will be opening the evening with an acoustic dream pop set.