Space Apaches is all about having a good time. Similar to The Eagles, Aerosmith and Tom Petty, they are about to release their new album, Smokin’ Voyages. 14 tracks long, it is composed of some of rock n roll’s greatest hits (“Just Dropped In” and “Ghost Riders in the Sky” to name a couple), along with some awesome spaced out original content. It’s marvelous.
If you’re familiar with the group’s main man, Andrew Reed, then this isn’t much of a surprise to you; however, for those who don’t know Reed, here’s his credentials: he produced Daves Highway’s An Acoustic Christmas (a top 5 charting record), as well as produced and wrote nearly all of Smokin’ Voyages. This guy knows what he is doing, and with Jim Arrendell on drums, Rob Geisler on bass, Aaron Price playing the guitar as well as keyboard and piano, and Reed and Tom Leiner both on guitar… the group makes a powerful band.
Their sense of humor is a great addition to the mix. They take their name very seriously, which ironically isn’t very seriously at all.
“Narrowly escaping from the dying planet of Meatron13 (where the “beat” had all but become extinct), the Space Apaches journeyed for 5 earth years in search of a new home where the “beat” was alive,” says the group’s homepage.
It’s safe to say that if Smokin’ Voyages does one thing right, it is restoring and keeping the beat alive. That is truly no joking matter.
“Though the Space Apaches may incorporate a kind of tongue-in-cheek humor into their image and gimmick, their musical ability is no laughing matter,” agrees journalist Evan Morgan Jodloman of The News Hub.
Whether through music or humor, it boils down to is having a good time and Space Apaches provides.
Smokin’ Voyages releases October 9th, 2015.