The Apache Relay arrive in Philadelphia tonight for a 9 p.m. show at The North Star Bar with The Weeks. The band, currently on tour for their self-titled new album,took its name from Heavyweights, a 1995 movie starring Ben Stiller, and haven’t looked back since. Their first album, American Nomad, debuted in 2011 and introduced the world to Apache’s acoustic folk sound. Their new album takes their great folksy music to an entirely new level. Listen to a new song entitled “Katie Queen of Tennessee” below, and get tickets for the 21+ show here.
The first thing that greets visitors to Ricardo Lagomasino’s website at the moment is a video of the Philly-based drummer unleashing a blistering solo against the endless, empty expanse of Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats. The five-minute clip begins with howling wind before Lagomasino’s percussive explosions begin, and the whole experience conveys something of a post-apocalyptic, last-drum-solo-on-Earth vibe.
“I had wanted to visit the Salt Flats for a long time and to hear what drums sounded like in a vast, totally flat space,” Lagomasino says. “There was nothing for the sound to bounce off of, so it sounded pure. It sounded like what a drum would sound like not being in any space at all. It was crazy. I’ve never heard my kit sound like that before. It was a windy day, but I think the interaction between the drums and the wind actually works really well. It’s one of my favorite parts about it.”
The backdrop may be more picturesque than most of the settings in which Lagomasino finds himself playing, but the idea of taking his drums into unusual contexts is nothing new. At home in Philly, he’s best known these days as the drummer for the intense, ferocious prog-jazz-punk power trio Many Arms, but recently he joined the eccentric D.C. indie rock band Deleted Scenes, which will end the east coast leg of its latest tour on Friday, May 23rd at Boot & Saddle.
There was almost no Deleted Scenes for Lagomasino to be part of. As frontman Dan Scheuerman has detailed in interviews, the band had reached a low point just as Park the Van Records came calling. Continue reading →