Chrome-Plated Apostles
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"Twelve Bars"

Twelve Bars
The first few seconds of The Chrome-Plated Apostles CD might lead you to believe you've accidentally put on a blues record. There's lots of slide guitar, harmonica and fiendish howling from frontman Hunter "Crash" Landen. And just in case you missed the fact that these guys are treading on the bluesier side of rock, the second song is called "Blues." But despite their overt blues influences, this is basically a rock band at heart, a sleazy, grimy rock band whose music would fit perfectly on the jukebox of the most broken-down strip club you can think of. You know, the type of place that's in a trailer in the middle of nowhere with a big flashing "TRUCKERS WELCOME" sign out front. That's meant to be a compliment, by the way.

Landen and guitarist Clif Mann (no relation to yours truly) are veterans of one of the best bands to emerge from the Triangle area, the full-throttle Bad Checks, known for pounding rock songs about graveyard tramps, jail and jailbait. Mann handled bass duties in that band while his brother, Robin, played guitar. Switching to guitar, Mann and bass player Greg Adams did time together in Chapel Hill's Pipe, one of the most aggressive punk rock bands ever to emerge from this town. Chrome-Plated Apostles seems to capture the best of both bands - Bad Checks' ominous sleaze and Pipe's ferocity - while avoiding being a carbon copy of either.
-Karen Mann - Karen Mann


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Twelve Bars
The first few seconds of The Chrome-Plated Apostles CD might lead you to believe you've accidentally put on a blues record. There's lots of slide guitar, harmonica and fiendish howling from frontman Hunter "Crash" Landen. And just in case you missed the fact that these guys are treading on the bluesier side of rock, the second song is called "Blues." But despite their overt blues influences, this is basically a rock band at heart, a sleazy, grimy rock band whose music would fit perfectly on the jukebox of the most broken-down strip club you can think of. You know, the type of place that's in a trailer in the middle of nowhere with a big flashing "TRUCKERS WELCOME" sign out front. That's meant to be a compliment, by the way.

Landen and guitarist Clif Mann (no relation to yours truly) are veterans of one of the best bands to emerge from the Triangle area, the full-throttle Bad Checks, known for pounding rock songs about graveyard tramps, jail and jailbait. Mann handled bass duties in that band while his brother, Robin, played guitar. Switching to guitar, Mann and bass player Greg Adams did time together in Chapel Hill's Pipe, one of the most aggressive punk rock bands ever to emerge from this town. Chrome-Plated Apostles seems to capture the best of both bands - Bad Checks' ominous sleaze and Pipe's ferocity - while avoiding being a carbon copy of either.
-Karen Mann