Arbelos is in New Scientist’s top ten of Apollo-inspired music, alongside such luminaries as Jethro Tull, the Byrds and the Police. Songs Of Apollo’s Children made number 10 as an album but the Lunar Rover Song got a special panning, sadly.
They are the only independent band in the list – so word is getting round. Let’s hope that the word isn’t all bad.
In the meantime, you can get your own copy of Songs of Apollo’s Children in the shop on this site, or in your favourite download store.
Arbelos has just released a new download single. Neil Armstrong Took His Step is now available from the Amazon download shop (click here in UK and here in US). Look out for it on your favourite download site soon.
This was recorded live at the Songs Of Apollo’s Children CD launch in the Pleasance, Edinburgh, and is part of the band’s celebration of 40 years since Apollo 11 landed on the Moon. Next stop on the tour will be Satellite 2, the Glasgow SF convention, where they hope to entertain SF luminary Iain M Banks and solar sail designer Colin McInnes.
Arbelos performed to an appreciative audience at Dumfries Astronomy Society’s Yuri’s Night party on Saturday, 4th April. The set list included most of the “Songs Of Apollo’s Children” plus a couple of old favourites. You can see parts of the concert on YouTube where we have posted some of the highlights. Have a look at Sunjammer here:
This was the most technically challenging Arbelos performance so far. Previously we have put on a mostly acoustic set, but this time we went for the full-on prog sound of the CDs. Noel played acoustic guitar but also provided percussion and some sound samples courtesy of his Mac laptop; Ken seems to have 1001 sounds on his electric guitar; and Mark played his midified bass, providing much of the keyboards sounds of the albums as well as the expected bass guitar. We were very pleased with the result and happily the audience seemed to enjoy it too, and that’s the whole point of the exercise really.