Thursday, July 4, 2019

The Appleseed Cast re-emerge with a brand new album-- hear the stunning "Chaotic Waves"

As someone who loves music and for whom music has been a stabilizing, healing force I sometimes feel a certain sense of embarrassment when I discover a band who has literally been around for years and years and who I literally just never had the pleasure of hearing about. Especially a band like The Appleseed Cast who after five years are have just released  their new album entitled "The Fleeting Light of Impermanence" and as I listen to their track Chaotic Waves, which is a stunning piece of kind of proggy rock with an almost underlying aura of psychedelia and 70's -ish rock chamber pop, I flashed on old school bands like Yes and (dare I say) ELP. If you even know who ELP is than you must be an old dog like me. But I am willing to learn new tricks.

From the onset, the syncopated notes of Chaotic Waves usher in womping drums and a bass line that snakes around it all. The kind of singy songy, mantric music melodies are hypnotizing and the vocals weave around it all. The when the music breaks and deconstructs into these lovely moments only to erupt again, I am in deep love with the sound. I can't wait to delve into more of The Appleseed Cast's music and, hmmmm?? They are playing in my town while on their expansive tour.

Here's a toast to new discoveries no matter how late they are.

The Appleseed Cast are Chris Crisci, Sean Bergman, Ben Kimball and Nick Fredrickson and hail from Lawrence, Kansas.

Robb Donker


After nearly five years, emo, indie, post-rock veterans, The Appleseed Cast, reemerge with their new album, The Fleeting Light of Impermanence, due June 28 via Graveface (pre-order).Today the band shared their latest single "Chaotic Waves" The Appleseed Cast's Chris Crisci says, "'Chaotic Waves' is about having the courage to break out of complacency. It is about recognizing that the world is turbulent, full of clashes, and that in order to affect it, you have to first engage it. Ultimately, those engagements will be the only thing that lasts."

The Appleseed Cast also announced massive Norther American tour which kicks off on June 14 at Boulevardia in Kansas City. The tour will feature support from The Glorious Sons, The Freedom Affair, Tennis System and Young Jesus on select dates. All upcoming shows are listed below. 

Always adept at maintaining the signature Appleseed sound, yet consistently experimenting and evolving over the last 20+ years with the band. Chris Crisci, with the help of Sean Bergman, Ben Kimball, and Nick Fredrickson, have crafted another epic, heart-sad tale of darkness and light that could well become a personal soundtrack, like so many other TAC albums. 

Considered to be one of the titans in the original second wave of emo bands, The Appleseed Cast rose to the spotlight in the late 90's and early to mid 2000's, with a string albums, including Low Level Owl I & II, and non-stop touring, earning them high critical praise and a loyal following. Their influence can be heard in countless contemporary bands such as Chvrches - whose lead singer is a self-proclaimed super fan, Basement, Mewithoutyou and so many more. While fanship continues to grow with each new incarnation from the band, time between albums has also grown a bit over the last 10 years. Despite lineup changes or time between, Crisci is still focused, as much as ever, on touring and continuing to produce the innovative landscape of music the band is known for.

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