What People Are Saying...
"Apollo Run lead singer John McGrew sounds uncannily like Jeff Buckley with some Freddy Mercury-worthy grandstanding thrown in. One moment he offers a quiet little lament, the next he falls to the floor and abuses his guitar in an epeleptic fit. Throughout his raucousness, the band sustains a record-perfect clarity in performance..." - The Village Voice
"McGrew is a multi-instrumentalist who hops genres and styles easily, with a talent for quickly jelling melodies...(Apollo Run) merits far more widespread attention than it's received thus far" - NPR.org
"(In Jack Ferver's 'Death Is Certain') John McGrew's music for piano and guitar casts an ominous atmosphere. Delicate live accompaniment." - The New York Times
"John McGrew loops and twines his angelic voice and pop-y synth around the dance with wit, sweetness, and light. I didn't note its absence earlier, but when you feel its presence, the superiority of live music can't be denied, especially in this concert." - MN Artists
"Led by the genre-hopping intensity of multi-instrumentalist (guitar, piano and trumpet) John McGrew, the (Apollo Run's) sound falls somewhere between a stripped down, recession-era form of Queen or Muse, (sans all the cosmic (and keyboard-y) spiritual references) or even Beirut, with McGrew ... at the helm dripping with the swagger of stars from the arena rock days...as every song proved an encore-worthy thrill with jumping, screaming, swaying, instrument hugging, table-dancing and a set-closing a cappella stomp-along. A sweaty, saloon-rocking gospel jam along if I’ve ever seen it." - Future Sounds
"I went to a Lower East Side venue a few months ago to see my friend’s band play, but a singer named John McGrew that came on later upstaged them and everyone else on the bill that night. Brooklyn singer-songwriter McGrew’s fearless vocals and showmanship won me over immediately, as did his (band Apollo Run’s) spontaneous brand of indie-folk and pop-gospel…Singer/guitarist/pianist/trumpeter McGrew has an almost innate gift for melodies…" - Crawdaddy
"Amelie Poulin would have loved this band. So would Jeff Buckley. John McGrew makes songs for mix tapes, red wine, and skeletons. Live, (Apollo Run) bring the dark carnival. A soundtrack to a life. This book, that film. Trumpets, guitars, piano. And a voice that will break hearts and start fires." - The Deli Music Blog