2012 sees the new album from Apollo 440 since 2003 and more live dates. The live line-up features founding members Noko (Guitar), Howard (FOH Vibe Controller) and Trevor Gray (Keyboards), plus frontman and long-time collaborator Ewan Macfarlane, who sings on the new album. Original A440 drummer Cliff Hewitt is once again the main man behind the kit with Ashley Krajewski on Keyboards/Samples and Mikey Cusick on Bass guitar.
Since forming in 1990 Apollo have written, recorded and produced 4 albums, collaborated with and produced other artists, remixed as Apollo 440 and as ambient cinematic alter-ego Stealth Sonic Orchestra, and created music for film, tv, ads and multimedia including movie themes "Lost In Space" and "Charlie's Angels". During their eleven years at Sony, 1993-2004, they notched up 11 Top 40 UK Singles with three Top 10s, and had a chart presence worldwide.
To date Apollo's Remixes number around 60 - from U2 in the early '90s to Puff Daddy/Jimmy Page and Ennio Morricone a decade later. Apollo's version of Puretone's Addicted To Bass was made the lead track and became a huge hit in 2002. Amongst their Stealth Sonic Orchestra Remixes are a series of Manic Street Preachers singles.
Collaborators over the years have included Jeff Beck, Jean Michel Jarre, Billy Mackenzie, Ian McCulloch and Hotei (of Kill Bill soundtrack fame).
Over 50 different Apollo tracks have featured repeatedly on movies, trailers, tv, games and ads worldwide, the latter including globally branded cars, beers, soft drinks, phones, audio and software. They have also written two entire soundtracks for Sony PlayStation and provided the theme tunes for ITV World Cup '98 and Formula 1 (series 2000-2002) coverage as well as Liverpool F.C's Official 2006 FA Cup song.
Apollo 440 have always played live with a number of different line-ups. In the very early days the late legendary MC Stevie Hyper-D featured on guest vocals. In 1994 the basic trio of founding members Noko, Howard and Trevor were for the first time joined by Cliff. Between 1997 and 2000 they then toured extensively round the world as an eight piece live band, including 2 drummers and now joined by Mary Byker (Vocals), Harry K (DJ & Vocals), Paul Kodish (Drums) and Rej (Bass).