Seattle songwriter Eric Apoe started in the music business as a drummer for Cajun fiddler Doug Kershaw, with whom he toured the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Later signed as a staff writer for Warner-Chappell, his music was championed by Tom Dowd and John Hammond Sr.
In Seattle, Apoe has released three albums with his band, They. The latest, "Radioation," is culled from live radio appearances on KEXP and NPR's KUOW. His previous release, "Dream Asylum," includes four songs co-produced by Soundgarden/Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron. A new song, "The Bag" was recently released on a compilation to benefit Northwest Harvest.
Currently the subject of a documentary-in-progress by film makers Stanford Wilson and James Buchanan, Apoe is readying material for his fourth release.
A staple of Seattle's underground, his music encompasses rock, jazz, folk, classical, and world traditions. With poetic force and humorous paradox, Apoe is a Leonard Cohen for the Age of Unreality.
A welcome return for the iconoclastic singer-songwriter. There's both trouble and beauty on this release ("Times Of Trouble" is one of Apoe's best songs with its pipes), mad circus waltzes, a gritty voice, and disturbing images. He's one of the most powerful troubadours performing, and an ace, imaginative band does his work full justice. Like the best wines, Apoe ages superbly.
Chris Nickson/ Music Critic/London England