Meet Apex Manor

Before we get to the music, just a quick note — given how lazy I’ve been with the blog lately (and how busy I’ve been with work), I’m looking for ways to keep the blog active without having to actually, you know, spend a whole lot of time.

Hopefully that will change soon, but for now, my plan is to start doing more posts but rely a little more on cutting and pasting. Yeah, it’s lazy. But it at least means I can link out to music I like, and stuff I think you ought to hear.

And so with that in mind, meet Apex Manor, the new band from Ross and Brian of the dearly departed The Broken West (pictured at right). Debut MP3 from the band follows at bottom:

Ross Flournoy founded Apex Manor after the 2009 demise of The Broken West. Named after his Los Angeles “zen place,” Apex Manor was the idyllic apartment of his close friend and long-time collaborator Adam Vine.

Having relocated from the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles to Pasadena, Flournoy was enjoying suburban tranquility, but his car wouldn’t start and he found himself isolated. He whiled away the days cleaning the house, sitting on the porch, and splitting tallboys with the gardeners who worked nearby. And battling a case of writer’s block.

Enter an unlikely source of inspiration: an online songwriting contest. NPR’s Monitor Mix was soliciting original songs from readers, giving the prospective songwriter one weekend to write, record, and submit. Flournoy decided to give it a go and set about writing and recording at home. At least he would be doing something with his time. The song, “Under the Gun,” turned out to be about the process itself.

Now feeling inspired for the first time in months, Flournoy began writing at a feverish clip, penning more than 25 songs, nearly a third of which were co-written by Adam Vine. Flournoy then teamed up with former Broken West bandmate Brian Whelan to record some proper demos, and Apex Manor was born.

The Year of Magical Drinking was recorded at three different studios around LA and was produced by Dan Long (Film School, Local Natives) and Brian Whelan. The full-band Apex Manor plans to tour extensively in 2011 including SXSW.

Apex Manor is Ross Flournoy, Adam Vine (if he learns how to play the bass), Brian Whelan, and Andy Creighton.

Apex Manor, “Under The Gun”

Tuesday 26 October 2010 at 9:31 am by Steve

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