Say what you will about Dead Horse Trauma's music—the band is a divisive one, artistically—there's no debate about how hard the band works at their stage show and the promotion of same. Now, for a look at what the hardest working act in Des Moines metal was like in their early days, all you have to do is peek your head into an Apathy Syndrome show.
Officially founded in late 2011 by vocalist Joe Day, guitarist Tanner Corn and drummer Zach Jones, the band was slow to get rolling. The first show wasn't until August of '12, and was followed by a five month hiatus. Tweaks to the lineup followed over the next two years, with DJ Nick Stone being added in '13, keyboardist Adam Williams coming on board in early '14, and bassist Tim Sigler joining just a couple short months ago.
But now the band is fully loaded and, after spending most of the past year cultivating a local following, they are ready to take their sound regional. They credit their friendship with the guys from DHT with helping drive home the importance of hustling.
“(DHT frontman Eric Davidson) has helped us out tremendously,” Day said. “Just all the advice he's given us on the day to day. What not to do.”
Seeing how a solid work ethic has helped DHT along has also helped to instill a similar drive in Apathy Syndrome's members.
“We promote and promote,” Corn said. “We want to bring the best performance possible.”
“It's work,” added Jones. “But you love it. It's not like going to a job.”
“Developing a following is about being more than a band member,” Williams concurred. “It's doing your homework.”
Even when the band is not prepping for a show, they are out in the world with the next show in mind. That means talking to fans, handing out fliers, and supporting the rest of the music that is being played in the capital city. Because another thing Apathy Syndrome knows well, is that you give love to get love.
“We're always at other shows, giving other bands the support that they give us. It's a brotherhood in the Des Moines music scene.”
Originally appeared in Cityview February 4, 2015