Space Apaches: Smokin’ Voyages
Artists International Inc. - October 9, 2015
Singles: Smile 8/26/15 & In My Mind 9/16/15
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Asheville, North Carolina's Space Apaches are a bunch of accomplished session guys whose primary goal is recording. In Smokin' Voyages, they've put together an enjoyable collection of fourteen tracks that include mostly originals with covers of “I Am the Six O’Clock New” by Larry Norman, “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)” by Mickey Newbury and “Ghost Riders in the Sky” by Stan Jones.
The result is a trippy, psychadelic/classic rock/country rock kind of a mash-up lit up by their collective energy and some great playing chops. Entry begins the journey with the sound of a spaceship landing that slides into the solid rock groove of Sunrise, featuring a nice fat B3 and lyrics like,
Hey baby it's your time
It's your mind
It's your sunrise....
It comes complete with wailing guitar lines and bombastic drumming and a vocalist with a nice feel for the rock range from edgy to growly to urgent and back again.
Obviously influenced by the neo-1970's thing that's happening right now, the band hits all the right notes with panache. In My Mind is a classic rock churner with shades of a country rock rhythm, an element echoed in I'm On My Way. Empty is a swingy rock ballad that builds to a nice climax. Desert Life is anchored by a hypnotic guitar and drum pattern and complex rhythms, with an ethereal electronic piano line that floats above the mix. Smile is a Santana-esque smoker done just right.
The cover of Just Dropped In... gets a full on 70's treatment complete with a girl chorus but I find the vocals a little too careful - not nearly as passionate as the music. The band gives Ghost Riders in the Sky a lush treatment, heavy on atmospheric piano work.
Maybe is the only track to stand out stylistically - a more radio-friendly entry with a pleasant piano solo and anthemic refrain.
Worth a listen and more if you're into the neo-1970's scene.
Members/Instruments: Drums: Jim Arrendell, Bass: Rob Geisler, Key/Piano/Guitar: Aaron Price, Guitar: Andrew Reed, Guitar: Tom Leiner
All songs written by Andrew Reed except “I Am the Six O’Clock New” by Larry Norman, “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)” by Mickey Newbury and “Ghost Riders in the Sky” by Stan Jones.
3. In My Mind
5. Desert Life
6. I Am the Six O’Clock News
7. Breakin’ the Ice
9. Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)
10. I’m on My Way to Feeling Fine
11. A Song for the Rest of My Life
12. Love Should Come Easy
14. Ghost Riders in the Sky
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