Bandwidth: Getting soulful with Drop Apollo

In the latest installment of Bandwidth, we introduce you to Drop Apollo, a 5-piece indie rock band that been playing show around the Bay Area for little more than a year.

The band’s sound can be best described as a mixture of soul, R&B and modern rock.

Started by lead singer Matt Widdoes, Drop Apollo has gone from five strangers recruited through Craigslist to a opening Scottish songstree, Emeli Sandé. Their songs have also made their way into the rotation of Hollister clothing stores across the globe. “It’s really crazy to to hear your music playing and see people shopping right next to you and you’re thinking, ‘I wrote this in a coffee shop a mile away,” say Widdoes.

If you want to catch the group live, they’ll be playing at The Rellik Tavern on March 31.

To learn more about Drop Apollo, click here.

You can check out past issues of our new Bandwidth series on Oakland and Richmond musicians here.

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One Comment

  1. Andrew Butt

    Nice, but how about doing some spotlights on local Richmond bands. There are so many that come to mind, from legends who have been vertually lost to history but still reside here like Jimmy McCracklin, to up and coming bands like Point Richmond’s Major Powers and the Lo-Fi Symphony, to everything in-bewteen. There is such an amazingly rich, deep, and multi-cultural wealth of music and music-related history and vibrancy here, and rarely is the surface even scratched by the media. Case in Point- Jason Becker, who’s story is now getting much deserved attention because of the new documentary. Bands like Primus, Metallica, Exodus, Flipsyde, Los Cenzontles, many more have deep and strong conections to Richmond. Credence Clearwater Revival’s John Fogerty said about thee first record they made when he was in ninth grade “Three of us from Creedence were the back-up band on a record by James Powell, a black singer from Richmond, California, on a small label, Christy Records. It was actually played on a local rhythm and blues station — I think it was KWBR — for about three weeks.”

    Anyway, I think it would be great, and well recieved. Just sayin.

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