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The Appleseed Cast

In the late nineties, Lawrence, Kansas’ The Appleseed Cast played the kind of rock that earned you a spot on Emo Diaries>/i> compilations, the long-running and long-suffering series curated by their label, Deep Elm Records. Yeah, emo, but not the tarted up, eye-lined emo of today, but the dense, post-punk of their genre-stalwarts Sunny Day Real Estate, Braid and Mineral. Yet with the 2001’s release of Low Level Owl, vol. 1 & 2, the band established itself as something else entirely. Drawing from post-rock influences like Radiohead, Brian Eno and Mogwai, the band indulged in punk no-no’s: atmospheric bridges, long winded instrumental excursions, and burying those once strident vocals under layers of manipulated guitars on loan from My Bloody Valentine, double albums released separately. The band garnered the critical respect that had eluded them, and it turned out the kids thought it was alright, too; Appleseed Cast’s embrace of adventurous, some might even say “prog-rock” tendencies are a clear influence on bands like Coheed & Cambria, Portugal. The Man and Minus The Bear. The band celebrates their breakthrough record on their current tour, which finds them exploring the vistas and valleys of Low Level Owl Vol. 1 & 2 in their entirety.
Mon., March 1, 8 p.m., 2010


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