Response Records has announced the upcoming release of Apollo, the hugely anticipated new album from Stockholm Syndrome. The album – which follows the band’s 2004 debut, Holy Happy Hour – arrives everywhere on February 15, 2011.
Stockholm Syndrome is the collaborative brainchild of two gifted musicians, Widespread Panic bassist Dave Schools and singer/songwriter Jerry Joseph. Initially conceived as a side project, the alliance soon became a full-fledged band, with the able accompaniment of guitarist Eric McFadden (Keb Mo’, Les Claypool, Jackson Browne, George Clinton & The P-Funk All Stars), keyboardist Danny Louis (Gov’t Mule, Cheap Trick), and drummer Wally Ingram (Sheryl Crow, Crowded House, David Lindley & El Rayo-X).
Apollo sees Stockholm Syndrome building upon its initial outing by distilling a distinctive sound fueled by freewheeling creativity and incendiary rock power. Songs like "Finding" and the epic title track showcase the band’s virtuosic interplay and genre-blurring ingenuity, all centered by Joseph’s creative, cathartic lyricism. Produced by Schools in a converted chicken coop at Cotatai, California’s Prairie Sun Recording, with additional recording at the famed Compass Point Studios in Nassau, Bahamas – Apollo places Joseph’s soulful vocals and songwriting gifts at the forefront, all the while confirming Stockholm Syndrome’s remarkable ability to bridge sonic styles spanning pop, psychedelia, and full-on rock ‘n roll.
A celebrated solo artist and frontman of his own Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons, the Portland, Oregon-based Joseph first teamed with Schools when the Widespread Panic founding member produced the Jackmormons’ 2002 LP Conscious Contact. Having bonded as both friends and artists, the two musicians decided to join forces and soon embarked on an acoustic European tour. A full line-up was assembled upon their return and Stockholm Syndrome was born.
Holy Happy Hour was released in 2004 and earned immediate critical acclaim. The album was quickly followed by a series of tours that saw Stockholm Syndrome morph from extracurricular studio project into a truly eclectic and electrifying live act. The following years found the band playing together whenever possible, with Schools and Joseph also remaining focused on both their own bands as well as various other collaborations.
In January, Stockholm Syndrome will herald the release of Apollo by taking to the open sea on Jam Cruise 9, the 2011 installment of the annual ocean-faring music festival – for full details, please see www.jamcruise.com/2011/home. The band will will also tour in 2011 in support of Apollo.