Brendan started playing Guitar and writing songs at age 9. After spending teenage years playing in school bands he got a job at the now iconic 'Sammys' nightclub in Dunedin as resident lighting Technician.
During this time he experienced the music industry first hand working for both local and touring bands. Brendan then joined the resident 'Sammys' house band as a bass player and continued to play around the south island covers circuit for the next few years.
In 1994 he moved to Auckland switched to Guitar and started to write and perform his own material.
The realities of a young family set in and pretty soon his musical career moved from the stage to the couch where it stayed for many years.
After moving to Tauranga in 2007 he decided to start performing again got back into bands. After another lengthy term on the covers scene playing both solo and with bands, in early 2014 Brendan decided it was finally time to record some of the catalogue of original songs he had penned over the years.
The Apollo SteamTrain project was the result of this decision.....
Les Robinson was born to play music. He played his first gig at the age of 9 and is now an accomplished multi-instrumentalist proficient in Drums, Bass and Guitar. As part of the legendary Taranaki hard core metal band ‘The Nod’, Les spent 15 years touring NZ as a full time musician playing support for some industry heavyweights including Iron Maiden, Jimmy Barnes and Doctor Feelgood. He has also played in multiple successful covers bands around the North Island, managed other artists and promoted music in general by organising several band battle competitions. Les has a rather unique unknown claim to fame in that he was featured in the opening credits of the Iconic Kiwi music show ‘Radio With Pictures’.
Ian grew up around music, and at age 9, attempted to follow his older sister in learning the piano. That didn’t last long. However, he carried on with his rudimentary keyboard skills in a jamming band with his best mate, a drummer, in his teenage years. Around 1991, Ian picked up his first stringed instrument, and got into some ‘proper’ bands; at first playing covers, then original material, gigging solely on his native Isle of Wight. In 1997, Ian bought his first bass guitar, which became his sole instrument of choice. In 2002, Ian joined an established local punk band, recorded an E.P. with them, and finally played some shows ‘away from the Island’; including managing to blag a couple of gigs at the famed CBGB venue in New York.
Upon moving to New Zealand in 2009, Ian became a part of the Tauranga covers scene, also contributing some bass parts on a friend’s solo album. Through the power of social media, Ian met Brendan and Les; they were in need of a bass player, Ian took an immediate interest in the Apollo SteamTrain project, and it all took off from there.