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The Apex Theory

The Apex Theory came together because of an ethnic bond. Frontman Andy Khachaturian, guitarist Art Karamian, and bassist David Hakopyan are of Armenian descent. While growing up in the suburbs of Los Angeles, each of them was exposed to various genres of world music as well as pop music, jazz, and classical. Drummer Sammy J. Watson, who is not of Armenian background, grew up in Chimacum, WA, and hooked up with Khachaturian, Karamian, and Hakopyan after the Apex Theory failed to find a committed, determined drummer for the band. After one audition, Watson made the Apex Theory official in 1999, allowing the band to build a name around their infectious live shows in and around West Hollywood. They self-released the Extendemo EP in 2000 while major-label representatives chomped at the bit to sign the band. The Apex Theory wasn't exactly concerned with making it with a major label; they just wanted to play live. DreamWorks won them over, however, and the Apex Theory landed a deal in early 2001 and producer Don Gilmore (Linkin Park, Pearl Jam, Sugar Ray) signed on for their first proper EP, a self-titled effort issued later that year. A main-stage gig with Vans' Warped Tour established the Apex Theory's name among the ever-changing alt-metal/post-grunge reign, for their "heavy Mediterranean groove," a phrase coined by the band describing their music, was catching on. Debut single "Shhh...(Hope Diggy)" pushed them to co-headline the 2002 MTV2 tour with Andrew W.K., Pressure 4-5, and Lostprophets. In April of that year, the Apex Theory's first studio full-length album Topsy Turvy was released. They headed out on the road with 2002's Ozzfest tour in support of the record. ~ MacKenzie Wilson, Rovi
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Great band, I am Armenian myself and bands like Apex Theory, System of the down.. Have a lot to say since our race was almost wiped out by the Turks... Almost any Armenian you meet has lost family in that genocide. Best show they put on was here in N. M with Lost Prophets and Pressure 4-5..Smart dudes and fun to hang out with.
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I grew up with Sammy J. Watson and always knew he would make it big. Very talented drummer, wasn't a bad punter either. Not so good at tecmo bowl though. Uncle Roman.
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the three that are still jamming are now known as Mt. Helium, I believe. Topsy Turvy is still one of my favorite albums. These guys have some cool eastern European influenced grooves.
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saw them cover pink floyd in hollywood. that did it for me.
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They are back!
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great band--i wish theyd come back.
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I used to love the live performances these guys put on.
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knowledge of this band's existence has won me numerous radio contests here in boston! Sad that I am one of the few that rememeber this band

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