Welsh melodic rock quintet Calling Apollo, released their new EP ‘The Great Depression: Act I’ was released on August 19th 2016. Lead single release ‘Clone City’ received rave reviews across the board, with the video for the single premiering online with UPSET magazine and then it achieved airplay on Scuzz TV as part of their #ScuzzUnderground show.

‘The Great Depression: Act 1’ is the next anthemic EP in the Calling Apollo chapter, and a incredible follow up to the success of their previous EP ‘Hunter | Gatherer’, produced by Romesh Dodangoda (Funeral For A Friend/ Bring Me The Horizon). ‘The Great Depression’ is a two-part album with Act 1 being produced by Todd Campbell (Straight Lines/Samoans), on the band’s own label Signal & The Noise Records. The EP will coincide with a UK tour, supporting Rory Indiana.

For fans of Arcane Roots and Mars Volta, Calling Apollo don’t follow trends or scenes, they are five talented musicians who strive to write emotive, melodic and sometimes aggressive rock music. Here is what they had to say in their interview with us.

·  How would you describe your music?
We’re a progressive rock band that has elements of ambience, aggression and futuristic sounds.
·  Tell us about how the history of the band?
We were all strangers to each other and initially met on various music websites, each looking for a new project. Since then we’ve done many shows and written so many songs, which has ultimately led us to our most recent record, ‘The Great Depression: Act I’
·  What are you influences/ musical heroes?
We all have our own individual influences, but to select a few would be Arcane Roots, Deftones, Placebo, Funeral For A Friend.
·  What inspires you?
We love all music, so the slightest musical phrase could inspire us to write a whole completely different song. We’re very politically aware and dealing with the propaganda from the media endorsing right wing politics is currently at the forefront of our lyrics.
·  Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
Not on the road, we’re weird men who can only do one thing at a time. We prefer to write at home, getting good demos ready or organically trying songs in rehearsal. A good example of combining both methods will be our next single, ‘The Wars’.
·  What is your favourite song to perform live?
‘Clone City’. It’s the oldest song in our current set but it just doesn’t get stale. It rock!
· What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
Personally we’d be main support to Foo Fighters. Also, Kiefer Sutherland is making music now so he can open the show – just google-image the man drinking and that’ll be the whole tour!· What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
Without trying to sound negative, we just have to accept defeat when it comes to expecting sales and just ever making a career out of this. We have to give our music out for free, otherwise people won’t hear it. Artistically, musicians have never had so much freedom and tools to write which is a fantastic thing and besides, we’re in a position where we’re lucky to be able to write music we love. If we have to ‘work for the man’, in order to do this, then so be it because we love music.

· What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
We recently went to a rock club in Bournemouth which was cool. But at 2am, the DJ stopped and asked everyone to hold their phones in the air to show what Pokemon they’d caught that night. The 5 of us we’re the only one’s not doing it and we were just confused. We weren’t from around there!

· What are your future plans?
Finishing writing “The Great Depression: Act II” and then record it. Also we have a tour in November, but more details on that soon.

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Always on the lookout for new music, Jo has an eclectic taste from 80's synth pop to black metal. Music creates many emotions and memories for Jo, using it as a soundtrack to her life. She en devours to absorb music, using it to inspire her creative works.

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