Hot Apostles is a rock ‘n’ roll band from Denver, CO. The groups’ aggressive and melody-driven sound binds together elements of classic rock, punk and blues. Rooted in catchy guitar hooks and rich vocal melodies, lead singer Eryn Swissdorf’s versatile voice easily simmers in the sultry, the sweet and everything in between as she delivers lyrics about heartache, hope, humanity and our political climate. Guitarist and songwriter Tay Hamilton draws inspiration from ‘70s and ‘80s rock, inventing sizzling riffs boosted by musical powerhouse Joaquina “Roqui” Lluma’s driving fiery bass lines. Hot Apostles’ high-energy live performances and livewire never fail to bring audiences to their feet.
The band came to fruition in 2011 when multi-instrumentalists and music lifers Swissdorf and Hamilton started writing songs as an acoustic duo. They joined forces with Argentinian-born, jazz-trained bassist Lluma, and the mighty sound of Hot Apostles took shape. The group regularly enlists a range of exceptional drummers including Seth Cross, member of The Robby Wicks Band.
Hot Apostles released a full length, self-titled album in 2013, an EP in 2014 entitled “Wheels of Motion” and the 2017 release, “WTF is Rock ‘N’ Roll.” Their newest single “Crucify” was engineered and mixed by Nick Sullivan, mastered by Jonathan Russell and recorded at Colorado studio, The Keep.
A favorite live band across Colorado, Hot Apostles has been nominated for Best Rock Band three years in a row by Denver’s Westword. The band has performed at Belly Up Aspen, Bluebird Theater, 3 Kings Tavern, Sheridan Opera House in Telluride, Hodi’s Half Note and has played the Westword Music Showcase and Underground Music Showcase. For more information, visit www.hotapostles.com.
The main guitar riff on "Get It On," the opening cut on Hot Apostles' self-titled eleven-song debut, sounds like a loose take on Joan Jett's "I Love Rock 'n' Roll." While frontwoman Eryn Swissdorf has more of a clean delivery than Jett's smoky rasp, the two women share a similar commanding swagger. As far as loving rock and roll, this five-piece, whose members have played in a number of local bands, clearly has an affinity for the hard-driving, no-holds-barred classic rock of Thin Lizzy, AC/DC and Aerosmith, to the point that some of the tunes have an almost timeless feel, as if they'd been recorded a few decades ago — and that's certainly not a bad thing.
By Jon Solomon in Westword
Denver rockers Hot Apostles spared nothing on their new self-titled full length. Eryn Swissdorf’s powerful vocals are reminiscent of rock music from the ’80s spliced with a heavy dose of modern flare, and Tay Hamilton’s guitar parts make for a perfect intense match up.
The band mixes elements of hard rock, pop, and plain old rock-n-roll to provide a swift kick in the ass for their fans. And they are sure to attract a hungry horde of new addicts craving more of the blazing energy present throughout the disc. They throw some organ and keys in for extra flavor. Picture the raw, rocking essence of hair metal mixed with the diligence of well-produced pop, and you have the basic formula for Hot Apostles–rock and roll the way it was meant to be.
by Tim Wenger in Colorado Music Buzz