Singled Out: The New Apollos' Handprints

06/02/2016
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The New Apollos

The New Apollos just released their debut EP "In The Shade" and to celebrate we asked Neill Maccallum to tell us about the song "Handprints". Here is the story:

Many people compare forming bands to dating multiple people. Think about it. Your future and life are sometimes literally in the hands of your bandmates. You get to know them really well with all their flaws and idiocracies. Enter Matt. His name wasn't really Matt,but we'll refer to him as
"Matt"from here on out. I first met Matt when my friend "Bob" found him on craigslist when we were looking for a new drummer. Matt looks exactly like Kurt Cobain and has a chill California attitude so I thought he was pretty cool. That was until Bob asked if Matt could crash on my couch until he found a job and got his own place.

Fast forward 5 years and 3 broken marriages and Matt is back in my life. And, yes he is trying to find a place back on my couch. This time I'm not biting, but he is the drummer in my band until his drinking and flakiness become to much to deal with. So we proceed to let him go, never an easy situation and made worse by his said drinking. He starts raising his voice and getting in our faces. At this point I just want him to leave the house. But he won't go, the bass player's girlfriend and roommates became alarmed. Finally, we get him to leave, but I'm still afraid he is waiting downstairs. And sure enough he is. He wants to "talk" some more but he's not making sense, acting aggravated and unstable. I remember having my phone in my hand just in case I needed to make a quick call to the police. Just imagine the worst break up you've ever had and multiply by a possible meth addiction.

So, I thought I'd write a song about it and that's how Handprints came
to be. It's an ode to band break up song. When performing it, I like to think of all the bandmates I've had that have left me for whatever reason. All the relationships that have crumbled over this shared love of music. Something that's supposed to be creative and fun, but in reality can be nasty and petty. The chorus, "Get out the way get out the house get out the door I thought I saw you," sums it right up for me.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!

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