Apex Manor

Live Music: Apex Manor @ The Red Palace 2.21.11

Apex Manor vs. The Red Palace


Fresh off SXSW, Apex Manor made their DC debut at The Red Palace Monday night. I’ll get to their performance in a minute but first let’s talk about the room. The remodeled space that combines the upstairs of both Red and The Black and Palace of Wonders has been flying under the radar since it was repurposed, but one glance a their upcoming schedule and it’s clear that they gunning to attract business from some of the larger clubs (Black Cat, 9:30 Club) in the area, and after finally catching a show in this room, it’s clear that they are going to succeed in that.

This is a room where memories are going to be made for both the audience and the bands. It’s small, dark and simple, with an easily accessible bar in the back corner. The sound, as far as I could tell, was impeccable and overall it feels like a tiny club should. This room is built for rock, and so it was that Apex Manor was obliged to bring it.

Review: Apex Manor - The Year Of Magical Drinking

Mix a little Replacements, some Lou Reed and some Travelling Wilbury’s (that’s a complement) up in a blender, hold down the “chop” button for a few minutes, and what you’re most likely to come up with is the band Apex Manor. 

“The Year of Magical Drinking”* is the first effort from this band that began when Rob Flournoy, ex The Broken West leader, entered a songwriting contest ran by NPR where participants were required to write and record a song in a week. Flournoy succeeded and apparently just kept on writing and now here we are talking about his efforts. So how did he do?