"I've never repeated myself so far ... although it's inevitable that I will," laughs singer/songwriter Angie Aparo. "Music is a really open landscape to me. I don't even think of it in terms of making each step different. It all starts on an acoustic guitar when I write songs, then they take their own shape when the band gets involved." The Atlanta-based musician played around the South for years as an acoustic "folkie" before transforming into something of a full-on, modern rock star figure in the late '90s. Aparo and The Infidels — drummer Derek Murphy, keyboardist Noah Noah, guitarist Dan Dixon — make it to town behind a brand-new indie release titled El Primero Del Tres
— the first disc in a "trilogy" of independently-released, sociopolitical-themed discs due from Aparo and the Infidels this year. After spending some time away from Georgia as a solo performer in N.Y.C., the songsmith signed on with Arista Records, assembled a band of top rock players, and produced his first proper full-length, The American
, a well-polished collection of groove-laden pop rockers that featured a full, contemporary, adult-alternative-style production. He parted ways with Arista in 2002 and struck out his own. The aggressive, guitar-heavy El Primero Del Tres
actually sounds more like later-era Cheap Trick, the Smashing Pumpkins, and The Who (circa Who Are You
) than any of the more "folkie"-styled tunes of Aparo's early career. "I did this record with Dan Huff, whom I met through Faith Hill [who earned a hit covering Aparo's song "Cry"]," Aparo says. "We ended up with a sort of anthemic rock record. The whole collection is sort of my view on love and war." —T. Ballard Lesemann
Aparo and The Infidels play on Sat. May 27 at 9 p.m. at the Wild Wing Café in Mt. Pleasant, located at 664 Coleman Blvd. Call 971-WING or check www.wildwingcafe.com or www.angieaparo.com for more.