96.5 The Buzz Presents
The Appleseed Cast, The Life and Times
Kansas City, MO, 64111
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
The Appleseed Cast
Emo/post-rock vets The Appleseed Cast are still very active, continuing to tour and make records, but this year they'll take time to do the nostalgia thing too. 2000's Mare Vitalis, their sophomore record and one of their best albums, turned 15 this past February and in support of its anniversary they'll be playing the whole thing on tour from May to August. The run kicks off in Tokyo and wraps up at Atlanta's Wrecking Ball festival.
They've got quality support lined up too, including Dads and Annabel, who are both on board for the NYC show happening July 28 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/1) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
Mare Vitalis followed 1998's The End of the Ring Wars -- a Sunny Day Real Estate/Mineral-inspired album and really their only one that you can call straight emo (it had some killer songs too) -- and began their trek into the post-rock territory that they would explore even further on its masterpiece of a followup, Low Level Owl. Mare Vitalisnails the middle ground of those two styles brilliantly, and 15 years later it still sounds fresh. If you don't have it already, you can pick it up (name your price) at the Deep Elm bandcamp (along with several other Appleseed Cast and Deep Elm releases) and stream it below.
Openers Annabel have a new album, Having It All, coming this spring via Tiny Engines (pre-order), and so far two excellent tracks have come out from that. If you're into The Appleseed Cast and other emo/indie bands from that era, Annabel will be right up your alley too. Listen to "Everything" and "Another Day, Another Vitamin," below.
The Life and Times
The Life and Times is a Kansas City, MO indie rock band fronted by former Shiner bandleader Allen Epley. After Shiner disbanded in late 2002, Epley began working with drummer Mike Myers and bassist/guitarist John “Houdini” Meredith and released their debut EP “The Flat End Of The Earth” in the summer of 2003. “Flat End’s” most noticeable distinction from Shiner was the instrumentation; after the math-rock bombardment that marked Shiner, Epley found a looser, almost Floydian dynamic to his usual foundation of distorted guitar and brooding vocals, and the early material explored the moodier edge of their sound.
Although the lineup had a fair amount of material recorded, the EP would end up being their only document. After touring extensively for the EP, the lineup disbanded, with Mike Myers going to drum for The String and Return. Epley, however, decided to recruit a new lineup under the same name, and brought in bassist Eric Abert of Ring, Cicada, and drummer Chris Metcalf to work out new material. The difference is striking - Metcalf’s drumming couldn’t be further from Myers, laying out metric layers of relentless percussion that when combined with Abert’s bass comes closer to Helmet than anything else. For all of the heaviness, though, the songs themselves are prone to developing a shimmering beauty with layers of guitar and processed vocals cascading against the rhythm section, and “Suburban Hymns” goes deeper into the more emotional territory suggested on “Flat End.”
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