Five years before Taylor Swift dropped 1989, Nashville-based indie folk band The Apache Relay released their inaugural record, 1988. Paste Magazine named this first studio effort one of “The Eight Most Auspicious Musical Debuts of 2009.” Now, the band is touring in support of their new self-titled album, and they’ll be rolling through Cincinnati next week for a show at 20th Century Theater on November 9.
Lead singer and rhythm guitarist Michael Ford Jr. says the band’s live show is more upbeat and rock-and-roll than their somber record that deals with heavy themes of loss, isolation, and unrequited love. “This record is totally different than anything we’ve done before,” Ford said. “The growth in our lives the past few years has been massive, and that’s reflected in the music.” The Apache Relay has opened for Mumford and Sons, Jenny Lewis, and Trampled by Turtles, but on November 9 they’re supporting The Wild Feathers with Desert Noises.
To get a taste of The Apache Relay’s unique combination of folk and rock sounds, check out the video for their newest single, Katie Queen of Tennessee, which recently won Best Music Video at Best of Nashville 2014. We’re into it. It also kind of reminds us of Thriller. But with jazz hands.
20th Century Theater, November 9, 2014, show starts at 8pm. the20thcenturytheatre.com