Apollo Suns burning bright

Local band prepares for second Canadian tour

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Being in a band is like being in a relationship, says Ed Durocher, and so far Apollo Suns is a match made in heaven.

The Wolseley resident plays guitar for the group, which is playing a show at the Handsome Daughter on Oct. 21 as a kick-off for its second Western Canadian tour. Apollo Suns — which also includes Dave Guenette, Ethan McKibben, Anatol Rennie, Phil Collins, Paul Klassen, Aaron Bartel in its ranks — played its first show in March 2016, and things have been moving forward at a steady pace since then.

“We call it psychedelic jazz rock, but we’ve gotten weird descriptions,” Durocher said with a laugh. “One (person) said we sound like instrumental Prince. I don’t get it, but that’s fine, I’m not going to take that as an insult.”

Supplied photo Seven-part instrumental band Apollo Suns will be kicking off a Western Canada tour at the Handsome Daughter on Sat., Oct. 21.

The seven-piece band comes largely from Wolseley and the West End, so it seems appropriate that their last home show will be in the neighbourhood. It’s a special event for a number of reasons, most of all because it’s the debut of a video — something closer to a short film — that the group has been working on for eight months.

“It started out small, it was supposed to be a quick one-day shoot and then we started working with the production designer and director and it just kind of grew into this grandiose thing with cheesy special effects and it turned out really great,” Durocher said.

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“We’re kind of doing a spoof on James Bond and Mission Impossible, ‘60s kind of how cheesy the whole spy genre is, so we had a lot of fun with that and used a lot of local music and photographers and people in the film.”

The whole thing will be projected on the wall at the Handsome Daughter, with the band playing along, dressed in full costume and makeup to match the video.

Durocher has been playing and performing for over 10 years, and he says there’s something special about this project — the band knows it and audiences seem to know it too.

“There is more focus in this band, I guess from playing in the music scene and trying to get a foothold in the industry, because it’s a tough industry,” Durocher said. “It was a lot of growing up, I want to say, really understanding what goes into making a project and having it be successful and being honest with your expectations and goals, so I’m way more focused, and that expectation runs through the band as well.”

Durocher said the process was intentional: get into the scene and play some shows, get into a couple of festivals, release an album right away and go on tour, all of which Apollo Suns has managed to do in the last year and a half. It’s helped that people have been supportive, both behind the scenes and in the crowd.

“The local crowd and scene has been very supportive and coming out with an instrumental project where it’s more of a niche thing, it was really nerve wracking… but people have been very supportive,” he said. “I’ve never felt this good about anything I’ve done in my life.”
For more info and to buy their album, visit apollosunswpg.bandcamp.com

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