It’s no surprise that Indianapolis has strong country roots. The Circle City is located smack dab in the center of the Midwest; on all sides are cornfields, forests, back country roads, and isolated little Indiana towns that rarely see a passing car. As such, there’s no shortage of Indianapolis bands with their roots in Americana: see, for example, Flynnville Train, Brandon Whyde, and The Elms. Most of these groups grew up with roots and country music, so the fact that their bands have a little twang is no surprise. For Indianapolis musician Andrew Bean, however, the roots of rock didn’t appear to him until he was down on his luck and looking for a new project, a project that turned out to be Andrew Bean and the Lady Apollo.
|Video of Andrew Bean and the Lady Apollo performing “Ghosts in the Rain” live at Birdy’s Bar & Grill in Indianapolis|
Andrew Bean knows about being down and out. He was something of a famous Indianapolis person just a few short years ago, when he was the frontman for Emerson Rose, an Indianapolis band that frequented heavier Indianapolis music venues like The Emerson Theater (names not related). When Emerson Rose fell apart, Bean was left in the detritus of a destroyed band, with no career options and not much direction. He ended up working as a janitor at the Indianapolis high school from which he graduated, writing new material and making ends meet. The result of Bean’s time in the trenches is Andrew Bean and the Lady Apollo, a whole new band with a whole new list of songs.
|Video of Andrew Bean and the Lady Apollo performing “Imaginary Lines” live at Birdy’s Bar & Grill in Indianapolis|
Throwing out the heavy breed of rock and roll that Emerson Rose was accustomed to, Bean took a whole new tactic with Andrew Bean and the Lady Apollo. In an interview with NUVO Newsweekly, Bean says: “I wanted to be a rock star, but I also wanted to be smart about it as well…there was something smart about [Led Zeppelin IV]…there was hard rock, but they also incorporated folk and blues and things like that.” He used a similar approach on Andrew Bean and the Lady Apollo’s debut album, The Wreckage of My Youth, released just in April of 2010 at a CD release show at Birdy’s Bar & Grill. Culling from influences as diverse as Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Otis Redding, and Jeff Buckley, Andrew Bean and the Lady Apollo have created a compellingly eclectic record that caught the attention of Indianapolis media and fans alike.
|Video of Andrew Bean (of Andrew Bean and the Lady Apollo) performing “Maybe Tomorrow” live with Adam Scarzo at the Kessler House in Indianapolis|
Now a burgeoning force in the Indianapolis music scene, Andrew Bean and the Lady Apollo are slowly gaining a dedicated fanbase. Andrew Bean’s resurrection is in full swing, riding on the back of his strong songwriting and tight backing band. Andrew Bean and the Lady Apollo has already performed around several Indianapolis cultural districts, including downtown Indianapolis, Broad Ripple Village, and Mass Ave. Indianapolis bars and Indianapolis restaurants the band has played at include Birdy’s (where they’re almost a regular staple), Kessler House, and more, and they’ve shared the stage with several top Indianapolis bands, including Stereo Deluxe, The Working Hour, Endiana, Northern Kind, and more.
|Video of Andrew Bean and the Lady Apollo performing “The Way Young Lovers Do” live at Birdy’s Bar & Grill in Indianapolis|
Overall, Andrew Bean and the Lady Apollo is a band that’s just getting started in the Indianapolis music scene. Their debut record, The Wreckage of My Youth, was released only a few short months ago, and it’s already garnered the band more shows and more press. The band’s sound is a unique breed of Americana that references blues masters as well as hard rock oldies. Combine their easily digestible, catchy sound with a tight, exciting live performance, and you have an Indianapolis band that’s worth the cover charge.
For more information on Andrew Bean and the Lady Apollo, including tour dates, videos, news, a bio, and more, visit the band’s homepage.
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