Apollo Up!
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Apollo Up!

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | INDIE

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | INDIE
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May
19
Apollo Up! @ The Nite Owl

Dayton, Ohio, USA

Dayton, Ohio, USA

May
18
Apollo Up! @ Poison Room

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Apr
27
Apollo Up! @ The Springwater Supperclub & Lounge

Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Nashville, Tennessee, USA

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Music

The best kept secret in music

Press


Apollo Up scores big, breaking waves of rock mayhem in devastatingly fun fashion, presenting a hyperkinetic pop rock/indie bomb of creativity and raw fury. Chariots of Fire throws passionate vocals and punchy guitars at the audience, driving ears and souls in circles with a collection of music that is catchy, giving off a buzz of energy, pushing and pulling the heartstrings with a superb degree of emotional weight.
- Shawn Haney, Copper Press


[Apollo Up]'s impressive new release, Light the End and Burn It Through, is a dynamic whirl of wiry guitar stabs, ropy whiplash rhythms, intense vocals and serpentine song arrangements -- it's what The Police might sound like if they formed today in the American underground and were raised on a steady diet of Fugazi. - Mike Breen, Cincinnati CityBeat


Theory 8 Records’ Apollo Up headlined the evening, bringing an onslaught of riff-driven, in-your-face prog rock. Frontman Jay Leo Phillips’ monstrous guitar tone nearly peeled the skin off our faces.
- The Spin, The Nashville Scene


[Jay Phillips] sings like a huskier Elvis Costello (circa late '70's) and plays ringing, churning guitar like he's backing you into a corner. - Kristin Whittlesey, Spin Magazine


Theory 8 Records’ Apollo Up headlined the evening, bringing an onslaught of riff-driven, in-your-face prog rock. Frontman Jay Leo Phillips’ monstrous guitar tone nearly peeled the skin off our faces.
- The Spin, The Nashville Scene


With their second full-length, Chariots of Fire . . . Apollo Up! have put out a soundtrack for frustrated idealists, apocolyptics, and conspiracy theorists the world over, a relentlessly tense tour de force that shifts between melody and catharsis in a way that's reminiscent of the guitar work and vocals of Jawbox. - Eric J. Ianneli, Copper Press


With their second full-length, Chariots of Fire . . . Apollo Up! have put out a soundtrack for frustrated idealists, apocolyptics, and conspiracy theorists the world over, a relentlessly tense tour de force that shifts between melody and catharsis in a way that's reminiscent of the guitar work and vocals of Jawbox. - Eric J. Ianneli, Copper Press


EDITOR'S PICK: Armed to the teeth with throaty vocals and energetic guitars, Apollo Up do the post-hardcore thing with loud results . . . This band has the goods and then some!

- Smother Magazine


Here is a refreshing burst of rock music that defies trends, respects dynamics, makes precision sound effortless, and kicks the listener in the head with solid slabs of rock . . . Varied tempo and time signatures abound, but things never stray too far from the straight-ahead rock focus, avoiding the "air-sickness" that other rhythm-shifty Nashville bands have oft been accused of . . . Recorded in Nashville by Mercator's Jeremy Ferguson, the record soars with big, bright guitars and a monstrous bass tone . . . This is one of the best rock records Nashville has produced in a long time. See them live. Give us more. - Chris Driver, PopShot


Smart, herky jerky loud rock with balls and fire . . . Apollo Up is one great big refreshing jolt of originality . . . Infectious rhythms, spastic guitars, and great masculine vocals collide to create a big massive whirlwind of nifty modern rock. (Rating: 5+)
- LMNOP, babysue.com


The music of Apollo Up isn’t spacey, as their name might suggest, but is more like an expression of the tension in mission control as the astronauts are about to die and fail in their attempt to stop a giant meteor from crashing into the earth. And let’s say these mission control operators are Q and not U, the Ventures, Fugazi, Roadside Monument, and Mega Man. Apollo Up sway from jazzy staccato urgency to dirty garage punk to flowing post-rock anthems and are not afraid to use a synthesizer or a cowbell if they need to. - Jared Cheek, Bandopler


Discography

Demonstration Recording ep
self released, January 2003

Light the End and Burn It Through lp
Theory 8 Records, January 2004

Chariots of Fire lp
Theory 8 Records, June 2006

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Bio

Jay Leo Phillips, Jereme Frey, and Mike Shepherd had played together in at least six bands over the course of ten years before forming Apollo Up in the fall of 2002. Under the influence of gigantic post-modern books that people don't finish and East Nashville's heady blend of cutting edge culture and discount tobacco and liquor stores, they got to work.

In July of 2003, just a year after their first rehearsals, Apollo Up! began recording their first long-player with Jeremy Ferguson at Battle Tapes in Nashville. Nashvilles Theory 8 Records released the resulting 11-song CD, Light the End and Burn It Through, in January, 2004.

Apollo Up's second album for Theory 8 Records, Chariots of Fire, was released on June 13th, 2006. An EP, Walking Papers, was released in 2008, after which point the band took a break. They've played a handful of shows since, most recently in 2013. 

Jay Phillips is now working on a solo EP. Jereme Frey and Mike Shepherd have played with Mike's wife, Sarah, in Tower Defense since 2011.


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