Funkadelic Flight Plans: Apollo Suns' 'Departures' - Boarding Now for an Interstellar Journey!

Article Contributed by gratefulweb | Published on Thursday, August 10, 2023

A sound evolution is on the horizon as the Winnipeg-based psychedelic jazz-funk collective Apollo Suns prepare to launch their debut LP, Departures, on September 22, 2023, through Do Right! Music.

This cinematic journey, inspired by artistic luminaries such as Lettuce, Frank Zappa, and Goblin, as well as scores and soundtracks from The Warriors, Akira, Cowboy Bebop, Lupin III, and The Legend of Zelda, finds the band venturing into new territories, reflecting the ebb and flow of the pandemic years.

The band, never halted by global circumstances, engaged in remote creative collaboration during lockdown, utilizing Zoom and midi-programmed instruments to channel their creative energies. Once restrictions were lifted, Juno award-winning producer Ben Kaplan was flown to Winnipeg for an intense 10-day recording session at No Fun Club, reigniting the high-octane chemistry of Apollo Suns' live performances.

Departures takes listeners on a genre-melding journey, introducing a rich sonic palette that includes strings, acoustic guitar, grand piano, and lap steel. The album explores the profound and playful, the graceful and ghostly, as well as gritty funk and much more, capturing the emotions of an unpredictable era.

"It's been a heavy couple of years. We wanted to make an album that summed it all up," says bandleader Ed Durocher. "Music often embodies life's different facets. Through sound, we've tried to convey experiences ranging from the aggressive to the fun and loose, and from the joyous to the somber."

The release will be accompanied by visually arresting extras, such as a claymation video that showcases the band performing across various planets, embroiled in a cosmic adventure featuring world-eating space serpents and intergalactic funk.

Apollo Suns have enthralled audiences at the Winnipeg Jazz Festival, Vermont Jazz Fest, Calgary Stampede, and with support slots for The Comet is Coming, Makaya McCraven, and Anomalie. The band's extensive tour across the US, Canada (2023/24), and Europe (2024) includes release shows at Winnipeg's Good Will Social Club on October 19 & 20, 2023. Departures will be available digitally, with vinyl and CD versions also available.


    Sept 27 – Lethbridge, AB @ The Slice
    Sept 28 – Calgary, AB @ The King Eddy
    Sept 29 – Golden, BC @ The Rockwater
    Sept 30 – Edmonton, AB @ The Aviary
    Oct 1 – Red Deer, AB @ The Velvet Olive
    Oct 4 – Tacoma, WA @ The Spar
    Oct 5 – Olympia, WA @ McCoys Tavern
    Oct 6 – Portland, OR @ Swan Dive
    Oct 7 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
    Oct 10/11 – Banff, AB @ Rose N Crown
    Oct 12 – Revelstoke, BC @ The Last Drop Pub
    Oct 13 – Vernon, BC @ BBDB (Record City)
    Oct 14 – Prince George, BC @ The Legion
    Nov 3 – Fargo, ND @ Dempseys
    Nov 4 – Omaha, NE @ Down Under Pub
    Nov 5 – Madison, WI @ North Street Cabaret
    Nov 8 – Columbus, OH @ The Summit Music Hall
    Nov 9 – Cincinnati, OH @ Stanleys Pub
    Nov 10 – Cleveland, OH @ Terrestrial Brewing
    Nov 11 – Toronto, ON @ The Baby G
    Nov 16 – Portland, ME @ The Thirsty Pig
    Nov 17 – Fredericton, NB @ The Cap
    Nov 18 – Moncton, NB @ Tide and Boar
    Nov 21 – Hamilton, ON @ The Casbah
    Nov 22 – London, ON @ TBA
    Nov 23 – Windsor, ON @ Meteor
    Nov 24 – Chicago, IL @ Reggies
    Nov 25 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Cooperage
    Dec 7 – Regina, SK @ The Cure
    Dec 8 – Billings, MT @ Thirsty Street Brewing
    Dec 9 – Missoula, MT @ Free Cycles
    Dec 10 – Bozeman, MT @ TBA
    Dec 14 – Evergreen, CO @ Woodcellar
    Dec 15 – Denver, CO @ Your Mom’s House
    Dec 16 – Steamboat Springs, CO @ Schmiggity's