The Appleseed Cast

The Appleseed Cast

The Appleseed Cast is a band from Lawrence, KS. They formed in 1997, and released the first album in 1998. They have since released seven albums, including Illumination Ritual in April of 2013.

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Post-punk from Lawrence, KS. The band often tours with The Appleseed Cast, both of which feature Nathan Wilder on drums. Prior to their formation, Sean Bergman and Billy Ning were in a band called Atone At Tone, along with Paul Ackerman, Zach Barthelman, John Cruz (5), and Keanon Liggatt, which is notable for serving as a segue after Billy's previous band Proudentall ended.

Caracara has always had ambitions past Philadelphia. They could have stemmed from the project’s genesis: the implosion of former bands, the impact of long-distance communication and travel in relationships, the inevitability of experimentation and expansion. Styles and symbols seem to shift throughout their music, alternating from shimmering indie to whispers of neo-folk before relishing in the cathartic push of post-rock. This fluidity introduces a band with no point of origin, built from the mysterious clamor of noise as much as they are inspired by it.

Caracara have begun to garner more and more attention for their dynamic and formidable approach to “distorted emotional music,” as they so call it. Their 2017 debut, Summer Megalith, was not only praised by Pitchfork as “some of the most immediately cathartic indie rock of recent times,” but led the band straight to an equally ambitious young producer-on-the-rise named Will Yip. Together they created 2019’s “Better” EP, the eponymous title track of which was regarded by Pitchfork- “Whatever you want to feel, “Better” is big enough to cover it.”

“I knew I needed to work with this band the second I heard them,” says Yip, who has been working with Caracara at his Studio 4 in Conshohocken, PA, and has produced breakout albums from bands like Circa Survive, Title Fight, and Pianos Become the Teeth. “Their live shows, like the core of their songs, are just huge and inspiring, with an energy that is so unique to them. We’re going to do something special together.”

Since Summer Megalith was initially released, Caracara have performed alongside Pianos Become the Teeth, Spirit of The Beehive, Kississippi, Mannequin Pussy, Remo Drive, Special Explosion, American Please Club, Pkew Pkew Pkew, and more. Time well spent playing these songs on the road have carved out a clear path for Caracara to continue their exploration of catharsis well into their very promising future.

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