Music fans of the Pacific Northwest, hello and welcome back to our third annual year-end daily countdown, 100 Bands in 100 Days, where every day until December 31st, we’re showcasing a new band or artist you have to know about, presented by Verity Credit Union. Follow the #100Bands100Days hashtag on Twitter to stay on top of all the bands featured and make sure to follow Verity on Twitter as well. Some days the featured act could be an established and locally-adored northwest-based musician that perhaps you haven’t been turned onto yet, and other times they could be a band with a small following that just hasn’t had their deserved time in the sun yet. Either way, we’re fairly confident you can come away from this daily segment with plenty of new favorites. Today’s musical offering is a band called Wes Sp8 & The Apollo Proxy that calls Seattle home.
Displaying a wide array of tools in the musical chest, today’s artist Wes Sp8 & The Apollo Proxy is clearly on top of their game. Whether they are ripping on some down and dirty blues rock , like they do on “Sugar Mama” from their latest EP or the haunting, heart-wrenching ballad like “Sunny Day Lament(I Miss the Rain)” they have developed a unique blend, using a lot of what is good in music. They have a sound that is timeless, that could have easily fit in garage rock The Sonic’s era as displayed ferociously on “Southern Bastard” which also appears on the latest release.
From their bio:
Wes Speight, a Seattle singer/songwriter originally from Tennessee, has played many of the venues in Seattle WA and Nashville TN and has toured to places such as Vancouver BC, Oregon, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Louisville KY, Manchester TN and Manhattan NY. His music varies widely from bluesy to tribal to acoustic rock.
Speight’s first album, Please EP, was released in 2008 under an independent label. Since then he has released 4 more full length albums independently: 2011’s Lie & Wish, 2012’s Hackneyed and 2014’s Transmigration. In 2015, Sp8 was joined by Glendon Kisner (drums), Jonathan Murphy (bass) and Erik Sepulveda (lead guitar) to form the Apollo Proxy, which toured the west coast in August and will end the year on another brief tour through Oregon. In May of 2016, Wes Sp8 & The Apollo Proxy released their debut EP You May Proceed.
If you are looking for a new band to love the hell out of, check out this band right now!