Apollo SteamTrain are a three 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 drums and the well travelled Ian Clark on bass 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 Round Head 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 next single Brain Bell Jangler is out now on all digital platforms.
With considerable collective experience, the members of Apollo SteamTrain Brendan McCarthy, Les Robinson and Ian Clark all know the ups and downs of working in an industry that can sometimes be rather daunting, but are prepared to go the distance and take the music as far as it will go.
“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”.