I was listening to Pandora the other day when a song reached out and grabbed my attention. I was shaving at the time, so with my hands sopping wet, I risked the life of my iPad to see what it was. The song was called ‘Lost Kid’ by The Apache Relay. It’s the first time I’d ever seen or heard the name The Apache Relay. ’Lost Kid’ made enough of an impact on me that I decided to investigate the band more tonight.
I downloaded The Apache Relay’s American Nomad album a few hours ago and I already can’t get enough of it. The album isn’t new to most fans (it was released on April 12, 2011), but it’s new to me. ’Lost Kid‘ appears to be the most popular song on the album, and it’s probably my favorite as well. I started the album from the top and listened to the whole thing (I’m listening to it again as I write this). Right when ‘Lost Kid’ came on, I couldn’t help but start snapping. Take a listen for yourself!
I like most of the songs on the album. ‘Can’t Wake Up‘, ‘Sets Me Free‘, ’Home Is Not Places‘, ‘Mission Bells‘ and ’American Nomad‘ also really stick out. I started singing along with these guys and I had never even heard their jams before. That’s how catchy the album was for me. There are a couple of songs on the album that didn’t really grab me right out of the gates, including ‘When I Come Home‘ and ‘State Trooper‘ (although I’ve come around on State Trooper after listening to it a couple of times).
I think The Apache Relay already has an awesome sound, but some argue they’re even better live.
“They’ve got kind of an Arcade Fire meets boys raised on gospel and Bruce Springsteen approach to what they do, and they’re called The Apache Relay,” said the Huffington Post. ”They’re a fantastic live band.”
One of the commentors on the American Nomad page on iTunes backed that up by saying, “I really like this album, but to see these guys live is much better than the album.”
It sounds like The Apache Relay tour the country like crazy (they reportedly performed more than 100 dates in 2011 alone), so finding a show shouldn’t be too difficult. The only problem is — it doesn’t look like they travel out west very often. I’m still going to keep my eyes peeled for a show in Seattle, because I definitely want to see and hear more from The Apache Relay.
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