Deep South the Bar would like to congratulate Saints Apollo for playing a great show last night and winning Deep South’s weekly open mic contest. The Triangle’s very own quintet played simply as a guitar and violin duo last night, delivering a great set of originals to a packed house. Amy Cox, who attended last night’s show, particularly enjoyed Saints Apollo because “ they had a folk sound without losing their pop sensibilities.”
A catchy string section provides the basis for Apollo’s Mumford and Sons-esque sound, and despite the group’s short history in the Triangle music scene (forming as a duo just recently in 2011, with keys, cello, and drums to be added to the indie-pop mix later), Saints Apollo delivers a show comparable to veteran local acts.
The victors of this week’s open mic contest, hosted by th’ Bullfrog Willard McGhee at Deep South the Bar every Tuesday night, can attribute their success to the qualified musicians who make up Saints Apollo. The full band’s sound stems from catchy piano licks solidified by a backdrop of violin inspired harmonies, with the brushy drums of the rhythm section being brilliantly accented by a smooth cello, all under the veil of resonating folk guitar chords.
The band is going to be busy this May, with a radio appearance scheduled for community radio station WCOM 103.5 before their show at the Open Eye Café in Carrboro on May 5th, as well as upcoming shows throughout the Triangle, including a show at Deep South the Bar on May 17th. Check out the up-and-comers on their newly launched website www.saintsapollo.com.