Bands to Watch #129: Appomattox

By on Friday, 28th August 2009 at 2:00 pm

Is your soundsystem in need of more immediate, punked-out rock? I think I have the answer. I prescribe Appomattox, 3 guys originally from the Boston area who now find themselves in arguably New York City’s hotbed of musical talent, Brooklyn.

f-appomattox2I had the pleasure of seeing them live in June at Washington D.C.’s Black Cat, one of the opening acts for the current incarnation of the Lemonheads (of ‘Big Gay Heart’ and ‘It’s a Shame About Ray’ ’90s fame). Obviously the punters at the Cat that night were there for Evan Dando et al., but for sheer winsomeness and the excitement they generated, Appomattox got my vote for the performance of the night.

I hear fellow Brooklyn transplants and UK favourites We Are Scientists in ‘Money for 10 to 4’ and ‘Again and Again’. Interestingly, when I talked to the band after the gig and asked if they agreed with this assessment, they said they weren’t sure who they were. Maybe I was right about there being too many bands to keep track of in Brooklyn!

The talents of singer/guitarist Nick Gaynier, bassist Dave Nurmi, and drummer James Mello come together so well that what you get is fun but excitingly raw rock ‘n’ roll. The way nature intended.

Appomattox’s debut album ‘A O’ was released by Triple Down Records in April 2008 and is available physically and digitally on Triple Down’s Web site.

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