Tuesday, March 29, 2011
[press release] On June 7, 2011, The Appleseed Cast will introduce its latest offering, the Middle States EP via Graveface Records. If you can't wait until then to hear the new tunes, never fear friends, the Cast has a pre-order option available HERE. Pre-order now and receive an instant download of the EP.
Since forming in 1997, the Appleseed Cast has morphed from one of the definitive bands of the emo era into a group that has continued to open up the possibilities of rock music. Whether cloaked in delicate melodies, atmospherics and instrumental experimentation, or stripped down to the band's spin on the basics of rock 'n' roll, with each new recording fans around the world have learned to expect the unexpected.
Middle States seems an appropriate title for the band's latest release. It could be read as signifying the band's home town of Lawrence, Kansas (a "middle" state if there ever was one), the EP's place in the trajectory of the band's career, a piece that alludes to its progress between its gripping seventh album, Sagargatha (2009) and it's already eagerly-anticipated eighth record (due out on Graveface in early 2012). Or, as the title track suggests, the middle stages and transitional periods of life. Heard through the lush, brightly textured harmonies led by singer and co-founder Chris Crisci, change is a pretty alright thing.
For the Middle States EP, The Appleseed Cast sequestered itself in its own recording "compound," having fallen in love with the freedom of crafting records without the time and budget constraints of a traditional studio during home sessions for Sagarmatha. The relaxed pace and familiar setting has served the band well. Opening the EP is cinematic rocker "End Frigid Constellations," a song that evokes so many feelings and imagery it seems epic despite its relative shortness. The finale, "Three Rivers," contains many of the EPs most majestic moments and showcasing the band's live prowess and tight musicianship. The song marks the band's first completely improvised release, but with any luck it won't be the last.
Middle States gives insight into a band that is constantly reinventing itself and growing stronger with each passing year. If the EP is a teaser of things yet to come, we can only say it's working brilliantly.
1. End Frigate Constellation
3. Middle States
4. Three Rivers
THE APPLESEED CAST ON TOUR:
29-Mar Denver, CO Hi Dive
31-Mar Cedar Falls, IA Wheel House
21-Apr Chicago, IL The Bottom Lounge
22-Apr Dekalb, IL House Cafe
23-Apr Cleveland Heights, OH Grog Shop
24-Apr Pontiac, MI Crofoot Ballroom
25-Apr Toronto, ONT The Horseshoe
26-Apr Montreal, QC il Motore
27-Apr Cambridge, MA Middle East
28-Apr New York, NY Highline Ballroom
29-Apr Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church
30-Apr Washington, D.C. Rock and Roll Hotel
1-May Columbus, OH The Summit
2-May Champaign, IL Blind Pig
Posted by Dan Goldin at 10:11 PM