"Punk gospel family freakout" is a phrase used by this Philadelphia-based band to describe their music, and it's as good as any. St. James & The Apostles is truly a family affair, with all three members being related. Picking up with the garage rock stylings of vocalist Jamie Mohon's previous band, The Three Four Tens, St. James & The Apostles adds the feel of an exuberant church service to their live performances. True to their name, Mahon has the style of a preacher and it feels like he's testifying to the crowd. Another essential ingredient in the band's sound is provided by organist, Mike Kiker, who uses three keyboards stacked together to fill the sonic space of another guitarist and bass player. Rounding out the group's rhythm section is drummer Jeff Castner who provides a heavy-handed back-beat.

St. James & The Apostles are no strangers to the Lehigh Valley, having performed at The Funhouse in Bethlehem in July 2014 with Poor Luther's Bones, a great Valley band. They joined us at Shards in September 2014 and performed songs off their recently-released album, Via Dolorosa.

1. 90 Day Chip
2. Rent Boy Blues
3. Till Yr Gone
4. St. James Infirmary
5. Interview

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