THE APPLESEED CAST with A GREAT BIG PILE OF LEAVES and EMPIRE! EMPIRE! and more at the Pike Room

SUNDAY APRIL 24, 2011
doors at 8PM
tickets: $10 (buy tickets)

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'Sagarmatha,' the seventh full length by THE APPLESEED CAST, finds the band self-assured and largely home-recorded, indulging in the creation of their art beyond the pressures of hype or doubt that compromise younger and lesser bands. It seems that they understand that for a band that's been making music for ten years to sound fresh, their ideas must be fresh. 'Sagarmatha' integrates the more anthemic sensibilities of 'Two Conversations' (mainly in the very catchy vocal melodies) and the density and distorted rock moments of 'Peregrine' with the experimental tendencies of both Low Level Owl records. While LLO alternated noise and song over two records, pushing and pulling the listener in and out of the din and the narrative, 'Sagarmatha' is a world where the melodic vocals and knotty delayed guitars Appleseed Cast is known for are supported by (and can't exist without) the ambient noise, electronic beats, bells, percussion, and keyboards the band has grown to love. They've been pegged with various genre names over the years, most of which they've outgrown and outlived. At this point, they are best described as weavers: of sounds beautiful and horrible, always intriguing, and of stories in sometimes inscrutable but always evocative lyrics. Their songs draw you in immediately, but demand multiple listens, and is why they've inspired such a loving and long-lasting following. They've weathered many storms of fashion. 'Sagarmatha' is mountain-climbing music, Appleseed Cast are mountain-climbers. 'Sagarmatha' is epic in scope and sound, evoking the horror and beauty of nature, the sublime. A band bred by the ocean and born in Kansas is unafraid to stare into the void of sea or sky. As points of reference, I suggest this record fits somewhere between the intersection of Low and the Flaming Lips, Can and the Postal Service, or Fugazi and Sigur Ros.

With A GREAT BIG PILE OF LEAVES and EMPIRE EMPIRE.

 

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