brothers Justin Peloian and John Peloian formed the band APEYGA. They
began to create songs based on musical ideas Justin had originated a
couple years earlier in Graduate School. As the music began to develop,
it was clear that the band's direction would be an Instrumental Fusion.
In between singer songwriter, and stand up comedians, the Duo would
plug the electric guitar and bass into the house P.A., and play their
songs. The response was great, and they were asked to have their first
show at the Rainbow Bar and Grill on Sunset Blvd. At that show, the
sound-man, Jeff Justice asked if he could record them. APEYGA's first
music was recorded as a guitar, bass Duo at Great Spirit Studios in West
Los Angeles, California. This first EP, entitled "Instrumentals for
Guitar and Bass", (track list: Waverush, Save Yourself, Slide) was then
used to audition drummers.
In 2004 drummer Colin Popadiuk joined
the band. With his back round in Punk and Math Rock, he added flare and
soul-full drum parts to the Duo's songs. With their new Trio, APEYGA
began to perform in Los Angeles and the South Bay. Within 6 months, and
positive reviews of their shows, an L.A. booking agent asked to
represent them, and they soon headlined small clubs in West L.A., as the
only Instrumental band on the bill. With growing support, they recorded
this set of music at Alan Gaffere's Hi Pro Studios in Torrance,Ca.
APEYGA released their first full length studio album in October of 2005.
(album track list: Distorted Redemption, Futurelife, My Soul In Gold,
Afterhit, Am I Hip, Dead Clean, Timeworn, Eagles Return, Starved, Free)
The self produced, self-titled album gained good reviews and established
them as a defining element for the musical genre, "Jazz-Metal". Other
terms used to describe APEYGA's music at the time were, "Punk-Fusion",
"Aggro-Jazz", and "Nu-instrumental Rock". Justin and John soon began to
write new music and audition drummers.
In August of 2005 they
were fortunate to bring Drumeline expert and coach, Kyrt Hensch into the
group. Within 2 months they were playing shows again extending their
territory to San Diego, and were sounding better than ever. In February
of 2006, a 4 song "Live Demo" was recorded in the well known Studio C at
Paramount Studios in Hollywood, with engineer Geoff Gibbs.This Demo was
used for promotion only, earning them online recognition and new
concert opportunities. Playing to standing ovations and gaining a larger
fan base, venues wanted the band to return to their stage. Then, in
December of 2006, APEYGA
was voted the "BEST MELODIC AND INSTRUMENTAL
BAND'" by L.A. based Rock City News Magazine. They soon began to put
together the next album of songs that earned them this award. This time
the music was self recorded and produced at their own studio in Culver
2007 marked the release of the album, "Forward".
(Album track list: Pinstripe, Liberatus, Rise & Shine, Galaxies,
The End of Reason, Traveler, 151) The Dutch Progressive Rock Review
wrote:"The self produced disc shines with excellent sound quality and
deft musicianship." Apeyga continued to perform this album in Southern
California, with the addition of stylistic drummer Pete Pace (286,
London After Midnight). In December of '07, the trio held their CD
Release Party with a packed house, at the well known Derby in Hollywood.
"Apeyga mesmerized the crowd at the Derby with their melodic yet
pummeling riffs. Much to their credit, these guys are completely
uncategorizable", declared Campus Circle Magazine's review of the show.
"The dynamic sounds that come out of Justin Peloian (guitar), John
Peloian (bass) and Pete Pace (drums) are nothing short of
2008 continued to be progressive times for the
band as they began to experiment with new musical styles and auditions
of band members. Greater guitar and bass effects were incorporated into
the sound and compositions then began to take on new instrumental forms.
This fresh, raw material was performed throughout clubs in Southern
California, such as, the infamous Cat Club in Hollywood, The Joint, and
Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach. The guys gathered their fans feedback and,
after this trial period of soul and sound searching was complete, they
decided to remain an Instrumental Rock Trio, (consisting of Justin,
John, and Pete). They collected their experiences and ideas, and created
the 'Ring' album consisting of 6 new masterpieces of modern music
(album track list: Clown, Silent Holiday, Oil & Oxygen, Android
Asteroid, Jelly, Service of Sending). The end of 2009 finally saw
Apeyga in Rich Wenzel's Ardent Audio Studios recording these amazing
tracks to their third studio album.
The new album 'RING' is here for 2010! Long time Jazz-Metal instrumentalists, JUSTIN PELOIAN- guitar, JOHN PELOIAN- bass, and PETE PACE- drums, have created a masterpiece of modern sound that will raise your awareness of what can be sonically possibly with three instruments Mixed by master engineer Todd Burke,
produced by Justin Peloian, and Mastered by Grammy winner Gavin
Lurssen, the 2010 Apeyga 'Ring' album was released for the
world to experience in Nov 2010.
2013--Coming off of an amazing 10 year, 4 album run as an award-winning, all Instrumental Jazz-Metal Trio, original founders Justin Peloian (guitar) and John Peloian (bass), continue to reanalyze, recreate, and push their own musical boundaries. Look for new music in 2014!