Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Appleseed Cast shares new video today at Nerdist!

The Appleseed Cast shares new video today at Nerdist! 

Click here for an interview with The Appleseed Cast's Chris Crisci and the video's director, along with behind the scenes photos.
Appleseed Cast July - August Tour

7/9/2013        Kansas City, MO         The Riot Room
7/10/2013        Dallas, TX                 Club Dada
7/11/2013       Austin, TX                   Red 7
7/12/2013        Houston, TX              Fitzgerald’s
7/13/2013        Baton Rouge, LA      Spanish Moon
7/14/2013        St. Louis, MO           Off Broadway
7/15/2013        Orlando, FL              The Social
7/16/2013        Tampa, FL                Crowbar
7/17/2013        Atlanta, GA               Drunken Unicorn
7/18/2013        Nashville, TN            The End
7/19/2013        Toledo, OH                Mainstreet
7/20/2013        Ferndale, MI              The Loving Touch
8/7/2013          Omaha, NE               Waiting Room
8/8/2013          Chicago, IL                Fireside Bowl
8/9/2013          Chicago, IL                Fireside Bowl
8/10/2013        Minneapolis, MN       Triple Rock
8/11/2013        Milwaukee, WI           Frequency
8/12/2013        St. Louis, MO            Off Broadway
8/13/2013        Louisville, KY             Zanzabar
8/14/2013        Lexington, KY            Cosmic Charlie's
8/15/2013        Grand Rapids, MI      Pyramid Scheme
8/16/2013        Ann Arbor, MI            Blind Pig
8/17/2013        Dekalb, IL                  The House Café
8/18/2013        Cleveland, OH           Cleveland Public Theatre
8/19/2013        Bloomington, IN         The Castle Theatre
8/20/2013        Des Moines, IA          Gabe's

"Over the last decade and change, Kansas outfit the Appleseed Cast have transformed from late-'90s emo darlings to post-millenial post-rock powerhouses. The Chris Crisci-fronted crew, now featuring new members Taylor Holenbeck on guitar and Nathan Wilder on drums, split the difference between Sunny Day Real Estate and Explosions in the Sky on "Great Lake Derelict," a highlight off the foursome's upcoming eighth LP, Illumination Ritual (out April 23 on Graveface Records). Marrying gnarled time signatures and arching guitar hymnals, while still leaving room for Crisci's thin but assured vocals, the foursome conjure noise capable of pleasing both hardcore club kids and headphone sophisticates alike." - SPIN

Change, as they say, is a good thing. And a lot has changed for Lawrence, Kansas, post-rock outfit The Appleseed Cast over the 14 years since their founding. With Illumination Ritual (outApril 23rd), their first full-length since 2009’s Sagamartha & first output since 2011’s Middle States EP, they’ve embraced not only a new line-up, but also hopscotching time signatures and a tumultuous anthemic energy that rivals anything else in their consistently impressive catalog.
With lyrics written over the course of three nights, between the hours of midnight and 4 a.m., & music written over a 3 month period of time, Illumination Ritual reflects both a sense of urgency and unbridled creative energy.  Many bands fizzle out after a few records but on this, their 8th full length, they’ve hit a high mark that many will undoubtedly compare to their 2001 masterpiece, Low Level Owl.  We here at Graveface feel this is easily their best record to date though.
Every album has come with line up changes for The Appleseed Cast.  This one introduces Taylor Holenbeck on guitar and Nathan Wilder on drums.  Both additions are outstanding on this record. Musical interplay between band members is something Appleseed Cast is known for, but the level of counterpoint and intricate yet chaotic energy is unmatched to anything they've done to date.  The songs are energetic, sweeping, full of atmosphere, melancholy yet hopeful, driving, determined, and unabashed. Lyrically, Chris Crisci (founding member) is creating images to be pieced together.  Much like Appleseed Cast's seminal work, every song has a feeling and theme, but nothing is forced or in your face.  The lyrics frame perfectly the vision of the music.  In songs like "Great Lake Derelict" and "Cathedral Rings" you can hear nods to some of their most recognizable work, but there’s something new and fresh that’s all encompassing.
With such a natural chemistry within the new line up, it makes sense that the songs themselves, while embracing chaos and a tuneful math-rock sensibility, eschew earlier recordings’ slick production for a more organic sound. The songwriting itself grew from collaborative explorations in the studio, with each player given time to riff on the parts that had been laid down before, their spontaneous contributions captured and cut together.  Newly invigorated by their shared enthusiasm and the interplay of their individual talents, The Appleseed Cast enters their fourteenth year as a new band in the best sense, full of fresh ideas and the energy to bring them to both longtime fans and new converts alike.
Illumination Ritual will be available on vinyl, compact disc, cassette & digital on April 23rd via the Graveface Records & Curiosities imprint.

Artist -  The Appleseed Cast
Album Illumination Ritual
Release Date - April 23, 2013
Label -  Graveface Records & Curiosities
Pre-order - here

01. Adriatic to Black Sea
02. Great Lake Derelict
03. Simple Forms
04. Cathedral Rings
05. 30 Degrees 3AM
06. Branches on the Arrow Peak Revelation
07. Barrier Islands (Do We Remain)
08. North Star Ordination
09. Clearing Life
10. Illumination Ritual

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