The Appleseed Cast

The Appleseed Cast

Lineup changes alone can derail even the strongest band -- never mind record label difficulties and personal problems. But Lawrence, Kansas‘ Appleseed Cast emerged from all of the above tougher for the experience. After six years together and four full-length albums, including 2001‘s breakthrough double album, Low Level Owl, the band underwent internal problems, and their label for 2003‘s Two Conversations, the much-missed Tigerstyle Records, folded.

Instead of calling it quits, the Appleseed Cast took a much-needed hiatus. Drummer Josh Baruth left the band, and Nathan Richardson came on board. Then the foursome, including Chris Crisci (vocals/guitar), Aaron Pillar (guitar), and Marc Young (bass), began working on their fifth full-length, Peregrine, an album that combines the emotional, aggressive sound of their earliest releases with the dynamic and experimental work that characterized their later albums.

Peregrine bears the scars of Appleseed Cast‘s past. Whatever personal or band problems the group endured, they‘re exorcized them on this album‘s contemplative instrumentals, beginning with the echoing opener, "Celebration," which climbs and dives over its four minutes. Peregrine is a female name associated with restless wandering, and it‘s also the name of the daughter in the album‘s recurring storyline. Here Peregrine is a ghost, a daughter, a reminder of secrets waiting to be dug up. Woven around Peregrine‘s 13 tracks is a horror story of violence and familial guilt, which Crisci makes all the more easy to imagine with his plaintive voice. It would be a bit scary if the songs weren‘t so lush and pretty.

Hiatus now over, the Appleseed Cast can celebrate ten years together this tour -- if only nature would let them. "For the second time in a week we were stuck in a snow storm and had to cancel the show," they wrote on their website last week. But we think they‘ll pull through.

"Des Ark is a whole different animal. Aimée Argote's work is backwoods hippy stuff that is profane and vulgar as any lady has ever been. Her compositions are organic songs that are driven by her soulful voice holding strongly to its southern accent and are driven by acoustic guitars and pianos. If it was not for the grotesquely vulgar and overtly bi-sexual nature of her songs, they would be among the most gorgeous ever composed."

"So, you are at a party, and you see a girl in the corner reading a book and smoking a cig. You approach her because she is kind of cute, but then realize she has pit stains and is wearing a Cat Power shirt. ABORT! ABORT! Now, same scenario, but this time she is wearing a Des Ark shirt. FUCKING AWESOME! That's how much this band (primarily Aimée) rules."

Heartscape Landbreak

At first a side project, now becoming something more. currently recording an ep for each season. most songs are about love for the land and people around me. others about the end of the world.

$12.00 - $14.00

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The Appleseed Cast with Des Ark, Heartscape Landbreak

Saturday, August 10 · 9:00 PM at Triple Rock Social Club