“"Only two more songs?"” - Ian Mackaye
— Fort Reno, near the end of Apollo 66' set on July 10, 2017.
“"What delicious slash and burn punk rock it was." " I definitely appreciate the little drum solos in that song and it made me want to do some air drumming." "This 5 song release is fun and fierce and that's just how I like em." "Yeah, buy that now."” - Tony Porreco
“Your band is fucking awesome!… I like what they do a lot. … It’s good stuff. You should go to their bandcamp and buy their music because it’s worth your time and money. True story.” - Dan Lansing
About the Band
Based in Washington, DC, Apollo 66 plays original, yet primitive garage punk trash rock 'n' roll made to help you forget about the coming apocalypse, and stomp your feet, clap your hands, and shout "Wooo!" Apollo 66 takes its name and inspiration from the images and themes of the space race and westward expansion, both of which capture the innate curiosity of human beings, the desire to compete and dominate and the infinite sadness wrapped up in the realization of said desires. They also lend themselves to some pretty cool visuals.
Brought together through the random happenstance of geography, an affinity for art, skateboarding and all things Fugazi, Apollo 66’ music fits somewhere in the space-time-continuum of the Sonics, the Cramps, Gun Club, Misfits, Dick Dale and Link Wray and all the great music that came before and after it (although with considerably less talent and professionalism, but with just enough enthusiasm to make it work).
Until the covid-19 pandemic, Apollo 66 hosted a monthly garage punk rock night with rotating bands in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA (a suburb of Washington, DC). In 2017 they performed at the renowned Fort Reno Park outdoor concert series in Washington, DC (USA), which features mostly punk rock bands. Apollo 66 opened for The Pack AD (of Vancouver, BC Canada) in Washington, DC (USA) in 2018. In 2019, they performed at the annual HampdenFest in Baltimore, MD (USA) outdoor concert series on the Hidden Volume Records Stage. In early 2021, they released their self-titled 5-song EP. In April 2021 they performed and recorded a live 4-song set for The Rodent Hour sessions with Matt Attack on Radio Free Brooklyn (New York).
Travis Hodges: Guitars, vocals, DIYer, and recovering bibliophile
Alex Morse: Bass, vocals, motorcycle aficionado, teacher and corrupter of youth
Shawn Henderson: Drums, occasional screams, future alien abductee, resident artist
Kris Morse: Tambourine, artista, fashionista, teacher and corrupter of youth