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Vanishing Apollo are an active band in the Northeast Ohio underground music scene. Formed in 2010 by then-16 year old Guitar virtuoso, Mike Kabat, the band underwent several lineup changes until it settled on the four it has been for a year: Ben Brown on Vocals, Chris Kulow on Bass, Chris "Bubba" Gray on Drums and Keyboard, and of course, Mike Kabat on Guitar. Together they concoct a melting pot /salad bowl of genres (Funk, Rock, Reggae, Blues, Psychedelia, Classical, Skiffle, and Latin Rock) in the style and tradition of Led Zeppelin.
The name Vanishing Apollo almost explains itself- Apollo, in Greek Mythology, is the God of Music and Light. It seems with today's technology-driven, do-it-by-yourself, watered down music scene, the spirit they put in the songs and passion they bring onto the stage is seldom seen in other artists, which is why they feel the art is...vanishing....well, not while they're around!
On July 5th, 2011 the group came out with the 5 song, self-titled demo recorded at Central 8 Studios in Akron and engineered by Nathan Doutt. After the recording session, which took one day of live recording, overdubs, and mixing, they all felt certain things would start to change for the better and they could start booking bigger gigs. Unfortunately, the band's world came to a sudden stop when Ben Brown was in a car accident two days later.
Ben was hospitalized for a while and suffered from a series of serious injuries including a collapsed lung, imploded bladder, and broken pelvis and knee. The rest of the band were the first ones to be by his hospital bed that evening. Obviously booking gigs to support the demo would have to be put on hold for a while. After several months of physical therapy, rehab, catheters, wheelchairs, walkers, and finally crutches, he was back on his feet and the band was ready to make a comeback.
That's exactly what they did. The following year was spent playing bars, Cancer benefit shows, graduation parties, bars, underground music venues like Kent's Sutherland Ranch, and more bars and by the summer of 2012, Vanishing Apollo had raised enough money to go back into the recording studio with Nate to record their first full length album, Visions & Voices. Like the demo, it was all recorded live and then fixed up with overdubs, but this time they rented out the studio for the whole weekend. The five of them, including Nathan, started Friday and went late into each following morning, only stopping to sleep on the floor of the studio, and came out early Monday morning with a rough mix, tired eyes and all 12 tracks finished.
Most other gigs were put aside until the mixing, mastering, cover art, and everything else was put in place for the CD Release Show January 3rd, 2013 at Mug's Brew Pub downtown Kent. The upstairs room was packed with fans, friends, and family from all over, there to support the debut of Vanishing Apollo's first album, and they were all amazed by a spectacle of good ole rock n' roll. There were lights, confetti, a burning flag, bongos, and let's just say that the mic stand didn't survive Ben's manic onstage antics. Despite the terrible news that Mike's Uncle had passed away that morning, the Band played an impressive set and finished with an encore the audience was demanding for.
The story of Vanishing Apollo seems to be cursed with tragedies, and you can hear it in the way they play, but nonetheless, they are determined because in the end, you can either, "Pick yourself up or pick yourself backwards," (Pick It Up. Track 1) and sometimes, "There's nowhere to go but higher!" (Garden of Roads. Track 9).