After years of waiting, Response Records has released Apollo, the hugely anticipated new album from Stockholm Syndrome. The album gives fans their first taste in seven years of the side-project-turned-full-fledged-band of singer/songwriter Jerry Joseph and Widespread Panic bassist Dave Schools, who are joined by guitarist Eric McFadden (Keb Mo’, Les Claypool), keyboardist Danny Louis (Gov’t Mule, Cheap Trick), and drummer Wally Ingram (Sheryl Crow, El Rayo-X).
Produced by Schools in a converted chicken coop at Cotatai, California’s Prairie Sun Recording, and at Compass Point Studios in Nassau, Bahamas, Apollo keeps with the strengths of the band. The soaring, distinct voice of Joseph seems to guide us through a slightly popped-out, psychedelic rock ‘n roll rainstorm. Songs like “Finding” and the album’s title track showcase the band’s virtuosic interplay and genre-blurring ingenuity, speelautomaten online all centered by Joseph’s creative, cathartic lyricism. It’s this ability to meld together that impresses me the most about Stockholm Syndrome; this isn’t a jam session of talented musicians, it’s a bona fide rock and roll machine.Other songs, like “Emma’s Pissed” and “Sing Bird Sing,” just have that ageless sound that only a humble group of talented artists can create.
Apollo was worth the wait, but fans can only hope that the next chapter of this band will be written sooner rather than later.
Apollo is out now on Response Records.