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Video of the Moment #1419: Appomattox

 
By on Monday, 6th January 2014 at 6:00 pm
 

We were remiss not to feature Brooklyn-based band Appomattox‘s latest video before we closed up shop for the holidays. The video is for ‘United’, and you’ve never seen anything like this before; I’ll leave it to the description to explain:

This video was created using a zoetrope machine that spools multiple 14 foot long x 3 inch, paper animation belts at very high speed, to produce the animations. The band members of Appomattox were kind enough to step inside the machine and put their faces 3 inches from the extremely fast moving, and loud, paper belts for this piece. Fortunately, no major facial paper cuts were incurred.

It’s absolutely brilliant. Watch it below.

 

Video of the Moment #1306: Appomattox

 
By on Friday, 30th August 2013 at 6:00 pm
 

New York City’s Appomattox have a brand new video for their new song ‘Radiator’, which has a decidedly more poppy sound than their back catalogue. You might think it’s strange the song is called ‘Radiator’ and not ‘Julia’, and the premise of having a break-up party might also seem strange, but the video is really rather unique. Watch it below.

 

MP3 of the Day #764: Appomattox

 
By on Friday, 28th June 2013 at 10:00 am
 

New York rockers Appomattox releasing a new EP ‘3Against2’ on the 23rd of July, and they’re giving away a track from it called ‘United’ through Magnet Magazine. Download the track for absolutely free through this link.

 

Album Review: Appomattox – Appomattox EP

 
By on Monday, 10th January 2011 at 12:00 pm
 

Appomattox, a rock trio originally from Boston but now based in New York City, put out a new, eponymously-titled EP a little while back, and this is the follow-up release to their debut album, ‘A O’, released in 2008 on Triple Down Records (procurable now via Bandcamp). I already know they’re great live, having seen them support the Lemonheads 2 years ago and play a gig in DC that autumn. Let’s have a look at this EP track by track, shall we?

There are five songs in all on ‘Appomattox’, and they’re all barely over the 2-minute mark, so they’re tailor made for radio plays. (Hint to the BBC and other purveyors of fine music on the airwaves in Britain.) ‘Rendition of You’ stars a great guitar intro line that other bands would be jealous of, and the song has a confident swagger. “Let’s pretend we had a good idea”? No pretending, this is a good start. No, make that an excellent start. Watch the band perform the song below, at a ‘secret’ EP release party in Brooklyn last October.

The second track, ‘Equal Time’, is faster paced and more of what I expect after loving ‘A O’ the first time I heard it. ‘Olympia Snowe’ is brooding, darker, and an interesting contrast to ‘Equal Time’. ‘Speculators’, sounding decidedly more angular, also recalls ‘A O’, but not aggressive (and by the way, that’s not a dig, I consider the restraint favouring the sound, not detracting from it). “Where did the money come from?” A reasonable question, given these difficult economic times. The last track, ‘Typical’, is the weakest track. Lead singer Nick Gaynier’s vocals in the chorus sound at odds with the instrumentation. Do I like this EP? Yes. Do I love tracks on it? Yes. Do I love it as a whole? Didn’t immediately but I think it’s a grower.

7.5/10

‘Appomattox’ is available now from iTunes and other music retailers.

 

Interview: Appomattox

 
By on Monday, 21st September 2009 at 12:00 pm
 

Before their show at the Red and Black Bar in Washington last week, I sat down with the blokes of Appomattox – Nick Gaynier (vocals/guitar), Dave Nurmi (bass), and James Mello (drums) – for an interview. They’re very thoughtful, funny guys. Check it out.

I’m sitting down with Appomattox. Hi guys, thanks for taking the time to sit down with me for this interview and welcome back to Washington.
James: Thank you.
Nick: Thanks for having us.

Okay, for starters, let’s go back to the defining moment in your lives when you said to yourself, “yes, I want to be in a band, making music“. Did each of you have that turning point in your life?
Nick: Mine happened when I was about 13 years old. I was really into comic books and drawing comics. And I drew an Incredible Hulk comic book when I was about 11 that was about 100 pages long…
Oh wow!
Nick: I still have it. So I was always obsessively into doing things. I had really musical parents in terms of them playing a lot of music, my stepdad was a little younger than my mom, and he listened to a lot of punk rock and ’80s music. So yeah, I just started to get obsessed with music. My best friend’s dad had an acoustic guitar that he sold to me for $30 when I was 13. (laughs) And pretty much right away I started writing songs. It was never, like, about wanting to play the guitar to be good at guitar. I wanted to be R.E.M. Or the Sex Pistols.
James: I was, like, 15 when I started playing drums. I played a bunch of instruments when I was younger, and I grew up with a piano in the house. But I’d pound the piano more than play. I could play it but I would hit the piano pretty hard. I also played trumpet and guitar. Eventually I got to a snare drum and that was boring…until I sat down at a drum set, and that changed everything. I didn’t really have to think too much to play it, it just was a lot of fun. And I decided that was what I wanted to do. I’d spend hours and hours a day doing that instead of going out with my friends in high school, driving around aimlessly. (laughs)
Dave: I was about 13 or 14 when I got into playing bass. I always wanted to play in a band and I went to college for music, but that was for recording and stuff. It wasn’t until the end of college that I really didn’t want to do that so much and just really wanted to play in a band.
Where did you go to school?
Dave: I went to Northeastern [University].

So Appomattox was a defining moment – or location rather – in the American Civil War that our British readers might not be familiar with. Can you shed some light on how you chose your band name?
Nick: Yeah, the choice of the name didn’t initially have anything to do with the history behind the name. A lot of bands…people start to suggest names to the guys in a band. with the band, and this was a case like that. My friend Kristina who used to be in a band called Roh Delikat and the band Ho-Ag in Boston, she suggested the name and we liked the way it sounded. And as we’ve gone along as a band, we’ve grown into the meaning a bit more, Appomattox being a place where this great conflict was resolved and definitely, this band…there is a lot of tension and conflict/resolution in the music and the workings of a band. So now it sort of makes sense to have a name that has that connotation.
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Live Review: Appomattox at Red and Black Bar, Washington DC – 16 September 2009

 
By on Thursday, 17th September 2009 at 5:00 pm
 

Just like you can’t keep a good man down, you can’t keep a good band down either. Brooklyn-based Appomattox, fine purveyors of what I would call exciting indie rock, made a fine showing in a short 40-minute set played at the Red and Black Bar in Washington last night.

Appomattox 4This is one animated band. Singer/guitarist Nick Gaynier shreds like a man possessed and somehow (I really don’t know how he does it) delivers the lyrics to the band’s songs with similar gusto. The songs are largely upbeat in rhythm, and it’s James Mello‘s expert drumming and Dave Nurmi‘s sultry bass lines that provides the bedrock for the strength of Appomattox’s songs. Frenetic, fast-paced, and in your face – this is what I love most about this band. You can’t sit still watching them and you shouldn’t, because the songs are fun and memorable.

Gaynier told me before their set, “we write songs about chicks“. But you know what? I’m fine with that premise if they can keep churning out engaging rock songs like these. ‘Too Slow’ and ‘Either Way’, two of my many favourites from their album ‘A O’, were pure bliss live, the latter sporting a wicked, wicked instrumental bridge that showed off Gaynier’s and Nurmi’s talents on the guitar. These and many other great songs can be found on ‘A O’ so I urge you to visit their MySpace page and check out their sound. You won’t be disappointed.

Stay tuned for my interview with the band coming soon!

After the jump: photos. Note: Appomattox is currently touring with San Francisco band Low Red Land; journalistically, I didn’t feel it right to write a review about their set considering I know little about their music. But I did photograph them, so photos of their set are included as well.

Appomattox 5

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