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The best kept secret in music


Apollo Quartet's 11th Hour is an in-your-face rock album with melodies
that will get stuck in your head for weeks. Raw guitars, driving rhythms,
and fresh lyrics make The 11th hour a rare gem among a sea of independent
releases. - lauren o'neil, rock 104 dj

Apollo Quartet may not be a juicy band name, but the combined musical innovations featured on their full-length debut, "The Eleventh Hour", are leaking in emotion and general instrumental awe. Sounding like they're heading forward in contrast to the normal hoopla that surrounds an Emo act, this Floridian foursome may have me sounding like their manager (if they have one) by the end of this review. Its seems all the effort was spent on the long instrumental blends and melodies. The opening foot pedal marches in track one "Cold Hands", and immediately cold metallic guitar pickings join the forces, leaving only the vocal impression yet to be left. Quickly the vocals wean out just enough to flow with its leader, the music. Throughout this album, vocals take a back row walk in favor of the music's catchy rhythms. While I find this approach to be the road less traveled and fresh, I'll leave it to the rest of you to decide for yourself, which is more captivating. All in all, producer J Robbins (Jets To Brazil, Hey Mercedes) who was at the helm of this solid effort, focused more on the combined swirling power pop of all four members rather than spotlighting the vocals. Apollo Quartet shows promise, with each chord seeming like a bunny trail of distorted proportions, and vocals that only add a seeding compliment to the music. I would certainly entertain the idea of purchasing their new effort should they embark on another journey.
(Indie 2004) - Brian Rutherford, musesmuse.com

I was going to pigeonhole this as emo-rock, but man, that's just too easy. These guys are way too intense to dismiss as just another modern rock band. The songs are tight, the vocals are gripping, and the music is simply searing. There's a slight sense of dissonance, a la Fugazi, but there's enough classic rock leanings to keep the big riffs coming strong. Very nice, and it rocks hard.

- Mish Mash indie music reviews Issue #67 January 2005

A good, mainstream quality (pop-punk) band doesn't come along too frequently. Apollo Quartet has just recorded its first album, The Eleventh Hour, a pleasant surprise coming from the genre they belong to. It's the expected distorted chords, hypnotically pounding beat with vocals bellowing above the fray, but there's something you can't put your finger on that makes them so different - in a good way. - Marshall Terry, The Gainesville Sun


The Eleventh Hour (full-length) produced by J Robbins
samples available at www.apolloquartet.com


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As more indie rock acts enter the mainstream, those that carve new paths stylistically have become a rare commodity. Apollo Quartet has continued to cultivate their own sound since inception, and stands apart as a result of their dedication to originality. With a full-length debut, The Eleventh Hour, produced by renowned indie legend J Robbins and four years of highly electric live shows under their belt, Apollo Quartet is poised to excel on a national scale.
The group formed in the summer of 2002, but its musical roots run deep. Singer/guitarist Wes Jones and drummer Chris Marine began writing and performing at the very young age of 13. Their understanding of one another contributes greatly to the maturity of Apollo Quartet’s musical approach. Bassist Josh Jenkins joined Jones and Marine before guitarist Sam Marine provided the final piece. The combination of each of their personal musical experiences has produced a distinctive sonic quality.
Apollo Quartet’s blend of haunting melodies, harmonically dynamic guitars, and a somewhat angular approach can be attributed to influences such as Fugazi, Sunny Day Real Estate, Jawbox, and Shiner. Currently, Apollo Quartet is playing shows constantly. A new album is in the works, which will be completed by summer of 2006. This will be followed by a tour of the east coast and midwest. Updated show listings, music, reviews, merchandise, and all other info can be found at www.apolloquartet.com.