Calling Apollo are Christian Neale, Kevin Williams, Dan Hughes, Luke Walters and Daniel Rees. The Cardiff based five piece produce riffy/ambient/rock, channeling a broad range of influences from Deftones, The Cure, Funeral for a friend, Circa Survive, Thrice and The Doors to Kings Of Leon, Comeback Kid, Nine Inch Nails and Muse.
Timing was everything in terms of the band members coming together, with each looking for the right project at the same time having behind other bands. After spending the early months as a four piece whilst they developed their sound, the boys made the decision to add a front man to the mix. This came in the form Christian Neale. With his unique voice and charismatic stage presence, Calling Apollo set sail on their musical voyage, taking inspiration wherever it arises, be it historical events, current affairs or science fiction adventures.
Calling Apollo played their first show in 2013 in Newport to rave reviews and followed that up by releasing their first EP later that year. Titled ‘Vessels’, the boys decided to knuckle down and record it themselves in a tiny box bedroom in Barry, South Wales. ‘Vessels’ was released as a free download and received great coverage considering the minimal budget and their lack of experience.
Summer 2014 saw the release of Calling Apollo’s first studio single ‘Clone City’ and b-side ‘1945’. The single was chosen as Song of the Year by PP&P promotions and the band were listed by Cultured Vultures online magazine in their ‘Music You Need in 2015’ article.
The band’s debut studio EP ‘HUNTER | GATHERER’ was produced by Romesh Dodangoda of Longwave studios (Kids In Glass Houses/Funeral for a friend). The record will be released by Signal and the Noise records on May 25th 2015.
“The band churn out a futuristic progressive rock sound that takes in elements of alt-rock, post-hardcore, scream, and an ambient sense of melody that isn’t afraid to get aggressive and abrasive when it needs to hammer it home.”
“A brilliant combination of progressive and technical musicianship, ambient and spacious soundscapes, alongside classic emo/screamo songwriting”