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Established in 2003 Apeyga has since released three studio albums and 1 acoustic EP. Coined as one of the
first 'Jazz-Metal' groups, their sound is a powerful Instrumental Trio Rock Fusion. Building undeniably intense,
yet always original compositions, has led to industry awards and rave reviews. Founded by brothers
Justin Peloian and John Peloian, Apeyga's music will continue to open the eyes and ears of listeners as
each song is a sonic journey unto itself.



2010    RING                                    
 
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2010 - Produced by JUSTIN PELOIAN, Mixed by TODD BURKE,
Mastered by GAVIN LURSSEN, and Recorded by 
RICH WENZEL.
JOHN PELOIAN- bass,
PETE PACE- drums, JUSTIN PELOIAN- guitar
TRACK LIST: 1.CLOWN, 2.SILENT HOLIDAY, 3.OIL & OXYGEN,
4.ANDROID ASTEROID, 5.JELLY, 6.SERVICE OF SENDING.





2007     FORWARD        
                  
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2007 - Justin Peloian - guitar, John Peloian -bass, Kyrt Hensch - drums.
Mastered by Jonathan Belzley at Lurssen Mastering, Hollywood, ca.
Graphic Design by Oceano Ransford.
Produced and Engineered by
Justin Peloian Studio 13 in Culver City, Ca. 
TRACK LIST: 1.PINSTRIPE, 2.LIBERATUS, 3.RISE & SHINE,
4.GALAXIES, 5.THE END OF REASON, 6.TRAVELER, 7.151.







2005      APEYGA                      

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2005 - Justin Peloian - guitar, John Peloian - bass, Colin Popadiuk - drums.
Recorded by Alan Gaffere at Hi Pro Studios in Torrance , ca

Mastered by Gavin Lurssen at The Mastering Lab in Hollywood, ca
Additional graphic design by Oceano Ransford
All songs mixed and produced by Justin Peloian.
TRACK LIST: 1.DISTORTED REDEMPTION, 2.FUTURELLIFE,
3.MY SOUL IN GOLD, 4.AFTERHIT, 5.AM I HIP, 6.DEAD CLEAN,
7.TIMEWORN, 8.EAGLES RETURN, 9.STARVED, 10.FREE.




2003   INSTRUMENTALS       

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2003 - Music written by Justin Peloian and John Peloian in Valencia and Santa Monica, Ca. This EP was recorded Live in West Los Angeles at Great Spirit Studio. Engineered by Jeff Justice, Mixed by Justin Peloian & Mastered by MorphiusSound,
TRACK LIST: 1.WAVERUSH, 2.SAVE YOURSELF, 3.SLIDE






                    Video for the Song 'OIL & OXYGEN' 2010!!
(from the album RING)
JUSTIN PELOIAN-guitar, JOHN PELOIAN-bass, PETE PACE-drums
and ARIEL HART - Animations.              Video Concept by APEYGA.
If you can't see the video click this link.



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APEYGA news postings:

10/4/13-Check out the new website design!!!
10/3/13- Working hard on some new recordings. Planning to release as soon as we can.
10/15/12-Our album 'RING' is on the first round nomination ballot for the 55th GRAMMY'S!! Catagories we have been placed in are; 'Record of the Year', 'Best Rock Performance', and 'Best New Artist'!
8/1/12-Recording the new album...
7/14/12- Another great show at the Whisky!! Thanks to those of you who came out!
6/17/12-Demo of the new songs sounds amazing!!
5/26/12-The Whisky wants us back! We'll be there on Sat. July 14 watch for details!!
5/14/12- Closer and closer to recording the new album.. Its coming together slowly but surely..
5/22/12- San Diego was a Blast! Some great bands  and people there too!
5/13/12- Looking forward to the next show in San Diego this Saturday May 19. Brick By Brick is one of the areas best concert venues!
4/20/12- The Whisky show was great! They want us back to play again!
3/20/12- We have confirmed three new west coast dates including April 5, 2012 @ THE WHISKY in Hollywood!!
3/2/12- Practice, and taking promo band pics and live video..
2/28/12- Finalized our spot for the I'm On A Boat Music Fesitval taking place aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach.
2/15/12- Working on the new songs with our great new band members (names to announced soon!)
12/20/11- Submitting all of our albums to major publishing opportunities and music supervisors.
11/30/11- Going to the Pre-Grammy show hosted by LL Cool J live on CBS!!
11/01/11- The new Album Review of RING is here in Issue # 62 of PROGRESSION MAGAZINE!! Read it on the 'Albums' page of this website.
10/25/11- Our RING album has been reviewed and accepted into the infamous PUMP AUDIO publishing catalog owned by GETTY IMAGES!!
10/15/11- Gaining more and more fans through Jango and other online radio stations!
9/8/11 - Waiting for the new album review of 'Ring' to be printed and released in "Progression Magazine" issue #62!
8/18/11 - Launch of the newly designed website!
8/10/11 - You can now hear tracks from 'Ring' on Jango Radio!
8/5/11 We have been practicing the new material.
5/30/11- 'Ring' can now be heard on three more internet radio stations!
5/10/11 - A demo of new songs is in progress..
4/20/11- Four internet radio stations have picked up 'Ring' for airplay!
3/15/11 - Working on new music and promoting the 'Ring' album.
3/1/11 - New awesome review of the 'Ring' album from RaWriter.com
2/13/11 - 'Ring' was reviewed by 'The Dutch Progressive Rock
Page'. Great Review!
2/12/11- 'Ring' is feaured as the 'Pick of the Week' by the popular website
"MusikReviews.com".
11/16/10 - Release of the new Instrumental album "RING"!!



                                                  BAND BIOGRAPHY


    In 2003, 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 City,California.


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 extraordinary."


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!


INDUSTRY  REVIEWS  FOR  THE  2010  ALBUM  'RING'




!!New Review From PROGRESSION MAGAZINE!!
APEYGA--2010 (CD, 25:22)--INDEPENDENT RELEASE 10-KL03
--PROGRESSIVE ROCK--RATING 12.5
This California- based instrumental trio is the exploratory project of brothers Justin Peloian(guitar), John Peloian(bass) and Pete Pace(drums). It's sound is heavy and aggressive, with edgy angularities of Crimsoid persuasion- slightly melodic and addictively unsettling.
Highlights from this fine, albeit short, EP include "Clown", with its raucous odd-metered vibe. "Silent Holiday" continues the off-kilter approach via careening, cliffhanger dynamics and belligerently shifting rhythms.  "Oil & Oxygen" places the spotlight squarely on Justin's blistering, echo-processed wah-wah guitar and exotic beats. (There also is an interesting and provocative video that accompanies this track on Apeyga's website.)    "Android Asteroid" is a cacophonous space odyssey with Adrian Belew-like texturing. "Jelly" features nice band interplay with a funky vibe. "Service of Sending" is sledgehammer heavy and downright ominous. This calling card shows much promise for what hopefully will be a full-length effort next time around. - ERIC HARABADIAN_______________________________________________________________________

Going APEYGA…Ring!!! Posted on February 4, 2011 by RAR ALBUM REVIEW: Ring – APEYGA APEYGA, the three-piece heavy-jazzadelic unit out of Culver City, Southern California, who recently released Ring, their third LP, is an indie film producer’s mother lode of disturbing, disorienting, sonic assault; just the kind needed for that FEAR.NET gore fest my wife keeps on all night long, so that now I can’t sleep unless I hear women screaming in the background. You may wonder who thinks in these sonic terms, but I have done that for you: it is brothers Justin (guitar) and John Peloian (bass), along with their brother in spirit, Pete Pace (drums). The Peloian brothers started as a jazz fusion duo, just guitar and bass, which quickly garnered the attention of club bookers and recording engineers in SoCal who were taken by the musical ideas and their execution, which made it pretty clear that the Peloian’s were not just making noise, that they were on to something real. One begs pardon for the “noise” reference, which may seem irreverent in the context of APEYGA. They may seem like noise to music fans who are just never going to go where APEYGA is always headed, which is into the heavy water musical abyss, where you swim in a torrent of rushing currents until the pressures building between your ears and your emotions can no longer be contained and your head explodes. APEYGA is probably not an experience for everyone, but for some reason when their sonic assault has ended, and everything goes quiet, it feels like life has stopped happening. One knows they cannot exist at APEYGA’s break neck, ear ringing level of dynamic tension, but for reasons unknown it feels right when you are there. This isn’t really date music, unless your date is with Ecstasy and Rohypnol or with someone who is really into you in that mind-bending way that this type of music supports. In six songs, APEYGA takes the listener down the entire elevator shaft of sensation and awe, through all the chakras right to the heart of the beast, like a cruise ship council chartered for Hell. But it is an okay sort of Hell, an insane sort of ride, which if you just let yourself go seems to shoot you out the other side of the initial rush with a pleasurable burn that melts your perception into a fine-grained acceptance of…APEYGA. I have no idea what that (apeyga) is, but it’s fine. There are some great performance videos of APEYGA on YouTube, which are good reference to the sound in that these are clearly mature music intellects in full flight and watching them at work confirms that. For those who can’t know that all is well without the FEAR.NET noise in the background, APEYGA’s Ring is must-have jazz. Produced by JUSTIN PELOIAN Studio 13 Culver City, Ca. Mixed by Industry Engineer TODD BURKE (assisted by Chris Claypool) OHM Studio Los Angeles, Ca. Mastered by Grammy Winner GAVIN LURSSEN (assisted by Reuben Cohen) Lurssen Mastering Hollywood, Ca. Recorded by RICH WENZEL (assisted by Nick Zagorin) Ardent Audio Torrance, Ca. .....--Rick Alan Rice (RAR) is Publisher of RARWRITER.com and the Revolution Culture Journal... REVIEW LINK: http://rarwriter.com/Blog/?p=62 ______________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ _____posted on 2/12/11... John Peloian (bass), Pete Pace (drums), and Justin Peloian (guitar) are Apeyga an all instrumental rock band formed in 2003. Their third album Ring was released last year. While the album offers only six tracks they make a loud statement within those compositions. Even though this is a trio it does not seem to hinder their ability to stretch out musically and come up with a full and entertaining sound. Ring is like a guitar freak-out session with pounding bass and drums driving it all along. Their single “Oil & Oxygen” (see the video included) is good example of this band’s capabilities. It was an excellent choice to push as their first single. The track is filled with plenty of wah and feedback, kind of like a psychedelic rock jam that Hendrix would have come up with on a good day. Another one of my favorites is the heavy duty “Android Asteroid”. It pounds you into submission in a good way. I would imagine they would have to give the nod to bands like Black Sabbath for inspiration (and who wouldn’t in the realm of metal?). As a matter of fact, “Jelly” reminded me of the Sabs at times from the album Paranoid. Apeyga is right on the cusp of being progressive however they are keeping their metal roots intact with Ring and I also heard some blues influence as well. I maintain that any good rock music has a blues base regardless of what genre tag is attached to it. Overall this is a blend of rock, metal, blues, pysch, and a bit of space rock - quite a few genres to account for. Ring is a potent musical statement from three inspired men. This trio is going to go places if they continue to evolve. They have to be careful not to get stuck in one place with this music because they will be forgotten quickly. Now that they have our attention the next trip into the studio should be more exploratory and hopefully we hear a little something more complex on the next go round. It sounds as if this band is capable of transforming into anything they choose and it should be interesting watching them grow.... RATING:: 4 out of 5 Stars... Key Tracks: Oil & Oxygen, Android Asteroid...-- Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck-MuzikReviews.com Founder February 12, 2011 ©MuzikReviews.com REVIEW LINK: http://www.muzikreviews.com/reviews.php?ID=1434 ___________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________ posted 2/13/11...Tracklist: Clown (3:47), Silent Holiday (3:27), Oil & Oxygen (3:47), Android Asteroid (5:00), Jelly (3:56), Service Of Sending (5:21) USA based Apeyga, who specialise in a heavy guitar oriented rock sound, release their fourth album Ring. As it is some five years since Apeyga last featured in the DPRPages it might be useful to bring the band information up to date. The two brothers, John and Justin Peloian who founded the group in 2003 remain. Later on drums were added and there have been a few changes in the drum seat. So the line up that created Ring is as follows: John Peloian (bass), Justin Peloian (guitar) and Pete Pace (drums). Ring is not a very long CD, clocking in at just 25 minutes it is more an EP than a full blown album. Never mind that, what we are presented with is a heavy rock sound with hints of fusion and metal. It is very difficult creating an instrumental album and then give your audience a treat with every single song. So I would say the boys of Apeyga have chosen to give us quality, and not so lengthy for that matter, songs rather than go for quantity. With each track they try to create a certain atmosphere, a vibe for their listeners. That it is difficult to do so becomes clear when you listen to the material. I hear a lot of resemblance in each of them, but that might just be the signature of Justin. After all they only play instrumentals and as a trio, thus making variation even harder. What is very apparent in this mini album is the high level of energy in the songs. Listening to this 25 minutes in one go can really wear you out. It is that intense. And all songs have this high intensity featuring heavy guitar work, thick layers of bass guitar and loud, pounding drums. All three musicians do their best to take the forefront and show off what they do best. It’s quite a unique sound Apeyga have been creating over the last decade. Astounding music with quality in the production as well as performances, although calling it progressive rock, I don’t know. To me I think it more indie rock, but hey what’s in the name, you could call this post rock. The best way to describe the music really is to me think Zappa and then his heaviest stuff on guitar. Being only 25 minutes long the album is worth a try for all heavy guitar lovers out there. Conclusion: 7 out of 10 ......GERT HULSHOF... REVIEW LINK: http://www.dprp.net/reviews/201105.php#apeyga


REVIEWS  FOR  ALL  ALBUMS  PRIOR  TO  2010


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"Speaking of Apeyga,...the track "Traveler" is awesome; a frenetic jam that made me get up & dance, "151" is a bumpin', mad jam that really kicks ass; it has a bitchin' guitar solo in it, in fact there are layers of Justin's guitar tweaking that texturize it, making it sound bigger. I've been sitting here, at my computer, as I write this, listening to the new tracks on the Apeyga website, over & over again, the undulating, fluid instrumental jams just seamlessly flow into one another and it is a blissful sensation." - REVIEWER MAGAZINE
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"Forward is a vibrant incorporation of light, lush melodic numbers like Liberatus and harder tracks like Rise And Shine. Effects pedals are kicked into fifth gear across the disc, flavouring five of the seven tracks. And these jams are tight, with each song under four minutes. Apeyga seem to be shooting here for quality, not quantity. There are a few evident comparisons to other bands here, most obviously King Crimson. Pinstripe and Liberatus evoke Discipline-era Crimson and would not be out of place during the 1983 Champaign-Urbana record sessions for that band's Three Of A Perfect Pair release. The End Of Reason, with its monstrous wall of noise, would sit well aside The Construkction Of Light. Other influences abounding here and there, whether deliberate or otherwise, include Rush, Television, Providence, R.I.
experimental noise-core duo Lightning Bolt, The Cocteau Twins, and indie instrumental band Tortoise.
The self produced disc shines with excellent sound quality and deft musicianship. And judging by the amount of fan testimonials on the band's website, they are apparently a phenomenal band to see live.
According to the date and cities listed on their site they have not toured outside of California. It would be great to see them do that someday.
This is a band with a great future ahead of them, no doubt."
-THE DUTCH PROGRESSIVE ROCK PAGE REVIEW
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LIVE SHOW REVIEW-- Jan. '08-- "In one of the most interesting sets I've heard in a while, Apeyga mesmerized the crowd at the Derby with their melodic yet pummeling riffs. Much to their credit, these guys are completely uncategorizable. They consider themselves aggro-jazz, art-rock or punk fusion, among many labels. The dynamic sounds that come out of Justin Peloian (guitar), John Peloian (bass) and Pete Pace (drums) are nothing short of extraordinary. They played their entire album Forward, which features, among its most diverse tracks, "Rise & Shine," "Galaxies" and "151." If you like progressive rock, jazz and world beats, this is a band you should check out."
-CAMPUS CIRCLE MAGAZINE
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ECLECTIC ULTRA MODERN BAND DISCOVERED IN THE JUNGLES OF LA
"I'm always afraid to share my favorites for guilt of having everyone discover them and then I never get the guilty pleasure of enjoying good music selfishly to myself. Nonetheless, I'll present to you a delight in musicality that you don't come across everyday.
Derived from the Armenian word, apaga, which means 'future' - APEYGA (ah-pay-gah) certainly lives up to its name. The futuristic fusions of jazz, punk, metal, funk and art rock music put this instrumental band in a class all unto its own. It's no wonder that they won the Rock City News Award for "Best Melodic & Instrumental Band 2006."
In 2003, Apeyga was started by two brothers – Justin and John Peloian; Justin plays guitar while John handles the bass. The compositions are based on ideas Justin had while attending grad school for Visual Arts and further developed when John was seeking his Master of Arts degree in Psychology. After playing various open mike nights, they developed a following and were asked to play the infamous Rainbow Bar and Grill on Sunset Boulevard. I'm no stranger to the Rainbow and I know if you get asked to play there, you're obviously worth a listen.
Justin and John describe their efforts as "Instrumental Fusion." They've consciously decided to forgo the vocalist allowing the instruments themselves to provide the verses. However, their latest creations will have lyrics added into the mix of what inspires them in their quest for amelioration. Their next album should have a vocalist joining in on the Apeyga venture to bring life to the lines they wrote for their latest songs.
The guys liken their music to "drinking a shot of whiskey for the first time." They say "It is shocking and you will remember it, however it might take a little while for it to grow on you. For most people, they will try it again, appreciating more each time, and some even become addicted."
After grooving to their sound bites available on their website and Myspace page, I certainly see what they mean! Apeyga hits you like a thunderbolt and jolts you so high you can't help but keep coming back for a more. Their music is intelligent supremacy yet digestible for the mere mortals of music appreciation.
Apeyga's unique style is "created by fusing guitar riffs together until the general structure of the song is built." The bass lines are added in next ascertaining that each piece transitions flawlessly into one another. The drum sections are added in last using their drummer's innovations. A lot of their improv collaborations have formed into bona-fide originals.
Their latest album Forward is a collective ultra mod mix of jazz and metal and was self-produced at their studio in Culver City, CA using a Mac Powerbook and Motu 828 interface and Audiodesk software. Their latest endeavor is currently being played on internet radio collective Live 365. My favorite song is "Traveler" a psychedelic groove of a journey reminiscent of a group called Television from times of yore. I just love the heavy unparallel use of bass lines. "151" is a strange brew of heavy metal and funk with sounds of swans dying in the background.
The jazzy funk-a-delic "Liberatus" and "Pinstripe" add to the diversity of the album. The eerily spacey "The End of Reason" calls out from the dark with metal lurking in the shadows. Another showstopper – "Galaxies" – is an oceanic melodrama dream.
Although they are primarily Southern Cal based, they are generating fans from all over the world and may
subsequently be able to tour outside their locale.
Any fan of progressive music should make an effort to check these guys out. They are not the future; they are the now! Please visit their websites to find out more about Apeyga and how to purchase their albums and get the latest tour information."
- SIRENS OF THE SONIC AGE WORDPRESS
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5.17.04 - by: juliachrista
It's been a while since I've geeked this shamelessly over a band.
In the past two weeks, I think i've listened to this one song, Goodbye to Sentimentality, about 500 times. That's a low estimate. I had to get headphones at work so that i can carry on obsessing in the mad love-throws of my new musical crush without risking intervention from concerned friends. i keep jabbering about the band to anyone who will listen. Now I'm telling you.
I'm talking about Apeyga a band like no other, or rather, like a bunch of others, all melted together into a warm pool of hot buttered soul that the listener gets to swim through on a nostalgically familiar yet utterly novel sonic journey.
If I was to get all technical about it I'd call them a jazzmetal/punkfusion powertrio. However, I'd much rather get specific.
It's all instrumental - guitar, bass, and drums - with every player going at about 300% and producing a sound effect of 3X's as many people. The drummer, Colin Popadiuk, is amazing. Able to accent delicately or drive it relentlessly like a freakin' MACHINE, he plays the skins like a multi-armed Shiva, while the bassist, John Peloian, lays down some seriously funky stuff, and the guitarist, Justin Peloian (yes, they're brothers) goes from graceful, jazz-influenced runs (Am I Hip) to crunching, marching metal distortion (Distorted Redemption), leading the listener to musical realms you'd never think could co-exist so smoothly in the same damn song.
The realm of musical influence at work in the songs is immense, and the experience of hearing the different threads and genres that are woven throughout their soundscape is akin to floating in a river of sound and hearing the ripples and waves of musical history go by.
It's been a long time since I flipped like a goony teen over a band, so I'm really relishing the feelings of crushed-out aural ear humping that Apeyga delivers on their little 3 track gem of a demo. The album experience is, of course, wildly different from the LIVE experience. The LIVE experience is like being reamed by a firehose of sonic emission... and liking it.
Apeyga is an easy band to like. There's a real unpretentious vibe about their playing, when they're playing. It's obvious that they are there to let the music take center stage, not their egos and attitudes. It's a pretty amazing thing to see -- in the midst of a Strapping Young Lad inspired marching metal segment -- Justin Peloian's quiet demeanor, a smile on his face, John Peloian doing his funky little bass dance, and Colin (always in a tie, as a gesture of respect) a blur of lanky arms in the back.
I'd strongly suggest getting out to their next show (at the Gig May 23rd) to see/hear/feel what I'm talking about. At the last show they were handing out the demo for free. So check it out. It just might be your lucky day. - GETUNDERGROUND.COM
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December 24th, 2005
Apeyga In life, just about anything worth finding or discovering is usually
found or discovered by accident or pure chance; the axioms about a
watched pot never boiling or a phone that is stared at never ringing are
true. In music as well, some of my best finds have been CDs I never
would've thought of buying, but have come across my transom and
found their way into my CD player. Apeyga is a perfect example. I didn't
think there was anything like this anymore. The brainchild of Justin and
John Peloian (with Colin Popadiuk rounding out this trio), Apeyga is an
instrumental, free-associating freak-out. Listening to it brought on
thoughts of Mahavishnu John McLaughlin, Steve Vai, Robert Fripp.
Apeyga presents with a complex fusion of jazz and rock that defies
convention, confounds expectations and finally, ends up sounding like
heaven. Listening to this CD just makes time stand still and suddenly
one is inside the music, floating. It is a great means of escape. Guitarist,
producer and songwriter Justin Peloian has been hiding out
somewhere, but now the intense, super-cool 'aggro-jazz' (to coin a
phrase) that he lays down has exposed him and I feel all the luckier for
it (www.apeyga.com) (www.kauzzmedia.com) KM.- REVIEWER MAGAZINE:
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"Lo-fi instrumental trio Apeyga display heavy chops and an interesting melodic
philosophy, likely to come across as rocking, but weird. "
[5.22.06]
"Apeyga is a lo-fi trio with some heavy chops and an interesting melodic philosophy.
The band consists of Justin Peloian on guitar, John Peloian on bass, and Colin
Popadiuk on drums, and is distributed by their own label, Kauzz.
Apeyga isn't metal. There's some in there, though. And there's some dark jazz, and
some Primus, and some Kyuss, and some old Phish and Medeski, Martin, and Wood for that matter. It's an interesting hodgepodge of audio. There's great flow, and the sound revolves around a continuous theme of interesting and dissonant melodic portraits run through a variety of effects and moods. There aren't any vocals,
leaving the listener to go wherever he or she wants while taking it all in.
The players are accomplished, though the drummer's a little rough. I picture a young group, though I don't know how old they are. I hope they're young, because that means they'll have a nice long career in front of them. I hope so, because from what I've heard so far I will be looking to see if they come up again in the future.
This release is too weird for mainstream acceptance, though it serves as a welcome respite for me from all of the dreck available from every channel today. I grew up seeking solace in old Primus, Sonic Youth, and 70s rock. Lo-fi dissonance reflected the feel of my teenage years. This is somewhat of an embodiment of all three, which I find soothing. To normal people, of course, it will likely come across more as weird. If you're fond of interesting instrumental music that explores various soundscapes, give Apeyga a shot. I suspect
they'd be fun live if you appreciate a good jam band, though I'm happier with a recording. "
www.apeyga.com
Cdreviewer.com Written by Daniel Henderson

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