The Key Studio Sessions: St. James and the Apostles

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Philly garage rock trio St. James and the Apostles have a big sound for just three guys. You can attribute some of that to Mike Kiker on keyboards, who plays Ray Manzerek style, juggling both bass lines and higher-end lead parts. Certainly Jeff Castner’s thundering drums are another component, as well as frontman Jamie Mahon, whose voice bellows and guitar rips. The guys were in our studio this weekend to record a session of tracks from across their discography – traditional closer “St. James Infirmary Blues” can be found on their 2012 LP Baphomet, while “Gimmie Some” and “Siobahn” can be found on some of the band’s early live releases. “Friend In Jesus,” from what I can tell, is a new one, and with its take on redemption and the rock and roll lifestyle, it neatly sums up the Apostles’ perspective. They’re part Doors, part Supergrass, part spiritual. Dig in, listen and download below, and catch the band live at Johnny Brenda‘s this Friday when they open for Adam and Dave’s Bloodline.

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  • philly runner

    Man, these guys sound tight!! Really enjoyable.
    Thanks for introducing them to me. Will keep a look out for them for a live show.

    • http://twitter.com/stjamesapostles St.James&TheApostles

      Thanks man. We’re at Johnny Brenda’s on Friday.

  • http://twitter.com/pcmancini Paul Mancini

    The download link for Siobahn does not seem to work. Can you guys fix this. I really enjoyed this band last night.

    • John Vettese

      Should be working now, Paul. Thanks for listening last night. Enjoy the session!

      • http://twitter.com/pcmancini Paul Mancini

        got it – thanks for sharing!

      • http://twitter.com/stjamesapostles St.James&TheApostles

        Thanks John.

  • http://twitter.com/stjamesapostles St.James&TheApostles

    JOHNNY BRENDA’S AGAIN! TOMORROW NIGHT! APRIL 6th!