Kid Apollo (aka Rory Mullan) is a solo artist and songwriter hailing from Derry in Northern Ireland, self-producing all his music from a bedroom studio in his hometown.

In a short amount of time, several of his songs have found themselves at home on many top playlists and radio stations, including BBC Introducing where he has had 3 tracks spun as ‘world exclusives’ on Across the Line in the space of 8 months.

The 25-year-old musician is on a mission to deliver as many catchy rock-pop anthems as one can muster, for all those who will listen – and quite possibly, he’ll be bringing them to a venue near you.

A song born out of frustration and reluctant acceptance of not being where you want to be at in life. “Wrong Foot Forward” sees Irish artist Kid Apollo employing a new sense of pulsing rhythms and urgency to his music, pairing them alongside lyrics that are both sincere and melancholic but also leaving room for a tiny bit of optimism; “I didn’t have fun when I was the age to have done/I’m late to the party but I think I still have time”. Fueled by punchy drums and crunchy guitars, this track has real DNA of indie bands of the late noughties such as Arctic Monkeys and Vampire Weekend whilst mixing shades of more modern contemporaries like Dayglow or Kynsy. Regardless of what other acts come to mind, it’s clear that “Wrong Foot Forward” is a soft reset for the Kid Apollo sound, and a welcome one at that.

Having listened to the new single god knows how many times now (I’ve lost count) I honestly cannot compare Rory to another band or artist. The combination of instrumentals, great vocals and catchy lyrics makes this single a great treat for the ears.

You know when you hear a song, just the once and it gets stuck in your head all day? Well this was certainly the case when listening to this latest single, sometimes this is the worst thing ever! However, with this track that wasn’t the case.

A refreshing sound!

9/10

By Ollie Cooper

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