You Me & Apollo Says Goodbye at Hodi's Half Note
Brent Cowles performs with You Me & Apollo at the Ogden in October.
Nathan Rega, Harper Point Photography
The Fort Collins based band, You Me & Apollo ended its career on Saturday night by singing the Beatles balled "With A Little Help From My Friends," and they had plenty. The sold out show at Hodi's Half Note in Fort Collins was completely sold out.
"It was an emotional roller coaster," says singer and guitarist Brent Cowles. "It was really fun, I saw a lot of familiar faces that have supported our band, and there is always a heightened sense of excitement at a sold out show. But it hit me during the set that it was going to be the last one, it was difficult to get through."
The band announced it was splitting on December 1, with a Facebook announcement. Crowes said it was a mutual decision, and the members of the band are still close. "It feels like its what supposed to happen. We're all going different directions with our lives, we wouldn't be able to deliver the music that we believed in anymore," he said. "It didn't feel like we were on the same page in w away that is conducive for being in a band."
The show at Hodi's was announced prior to their band ending announcement, and Slow Caves was the supporting act. The band played all the songs that meant something personal to them, which they planned the last practice before the show.
"I have a master list of all the songs we've played and i went through each of them and we voted through every song and went from there. It was really worth it, we played all the songs that meant something to us," says Cowles.
For that last song, the band invited three musicians up from the crowd who were in the band during its starting days. They played the Beatles cover together, as a kind of special gratitude to their friends and fans who have supported them. "I feel like it's definitely hard for me to let [the band] go, its been a huge part of my life for a lot of years, even before it was a full band," he said, explaining You Me & Apollo was his solo project before it became a full band.
As for the future of the band mates, it is unknown. Cowles, who is only 25 years old, has been a full-time musician for a few years and is taking a South American trip with his girlfriend before figuring his next professional moves. A few members hold side-jobs, which will presumably remain in place. "It's kind of a weird transition, music is kind of the only thing I've chosen to pursue in my life with everything I have," he said. "Now I need to see if I'm good at anything else. I'm sure music will always be a part of my life."
The band will continue selling music on ITunes and their profile will remain on Bandcamp. Although they are done playing shows, You Me & Apollo can live on through their music, just as their fans will remain important to the members. "From the bottom of our hearts, were just thankful to be a part of the music community and for the support we've gotten from both Fort Collins and Denver."
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