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Catonsville native joins fellow members of Bad Apples for area tour

Six years have passed since the Baltimore-area rock band Bad Apples last released an album.

Drummer Mike Happel, a Halethorpe resident, said between full-time jobs, marriages for some of the four band members and performing gigs from New York to Georgia, there was little time to work on a new album.

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Besides, the band wanted to put together a "good product," said Happel, who grew up in Catonsville.

On May 18, the band's new 10-track album, "Devil's Advocate," will drop at 7 p.m. at Recher Theater in Towson.

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Fans who attend the Friday night release concert will hear the results of recording efforts that began three years ago.

Listeners familiar with the band's first album can expect a slight departure from it, which had a sound similar to that of the band Matchbox Twenty, Happel said.

"This one was a little more classic rock and blues with a mix of alternative rock from the 90s scene," said Happel, a 2001 graduate of Western School of Technology and Environmental Science.

In addition to Happel, the band consists of lead singer and rhythm guitarist Matt Bogdan and bassist Pat Martin, both of Perry Hall, and lead guitarist Brad Rickard, of Columbia.

Leading up to the release, the band will put on three concerts in the span of seven days, the amount they typically do in a month, Happel said.

A May 5 gig at Carson's Creekside Restaurant and Lounge in Middle River will be followed by a session at Sylvester's Saloon in Essex on May 11.

The May 12 appearance as part of ShaneStock at Fish Head Cantina in Arbutus will be the final tuneup before the release party at the Recher.

Patrons can buy the new album at any of the concerts or can wait until May 18 to buy it on http://www.badapplesmusic.net, iTunes, Amazon.com or CDBaby.com.


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