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Apex Manor: How to Start a Band by Winning a Contest on NPR Music
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By: Spacelab Research Staff
November 2, 2010

Apex Manor is the musical vehicle of Ross Flournoy, formerly of the Los Angeles-based band The Broken West. Ross' latest innovation was sparked by a NPR contest started by Monitor Mix blogger Carrie Brownstein (and musician in her own right) to write a song.

Ross had moved from LA's Silverlake to Pasadena, and was trying to get a new music thing going. He was struggling, and the contest was just the deadline he needed to jump.

He wrote the song “Under the Gun,” and ended up winning the contest. The song is the perfect mix of pop single, human dilemma, and catchy rhythm -- a musical cocktail that's hard to deny.

“I knew I wanted to keep making records, I knew I wanted to write songs [after the Broken West], but the future seemed very uncertain. A couple of the songs were written before the one I did for NPR, but I was just kind of in a funk. That contest came around and it inspired me. I wasn’t expecting it to, but it got me fired up again,” he said in an interview with Brand X.

Wanting to keep the vibe alive, Ross joined up with Adam Vine and wrote 25 more songs. Apex Manor was off to a good start. Ross returned to LA, and recorded at various locations.

Now signed on with Merge Records, Apex Manor has a full album titled The Year Of Magical Drinking, due on Jan. 25. It was produced by Dan Long (Film School, Local Natives) and Brian Whelan.


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