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The Appleseed Cast

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Lawrence KS, United States (1997 – present)

The Appleseed Cast is an band based in Lawrence, Kansas, currently comprised of singer/guitarist Christopher Crisci, guitarist aaron pillar, bassist Nate Whitman and drummer John Momberg. The band’s predominately guitar-based music has gradually evolved in a relatively short space of time (arguably due to a combination of line-up changes and natural musical progression) from intense, heavy indebted to such acts as Mineral and Sunny Day Real Estate to a ” sound hinging on inventive, intricate drumming, subtle guitar arpeggios and impassioned vocals.

Formation and Debut

The band formed in 1997 in Southern California with Crisci and Pillar joining bassist Jason Wickersheim and drummer Louie Ruiz under the name December’s Tragic Drive (derived from lyrics of the song, “Seven” by Sunny Day Real Estate). The following year, the band - now billed as The Appleseed Cast - signed to Deep Elm Records out of North Carolina and released their debut album, The End Of The Ring Wars, an album which met with considerable approval from the emo and underground scenes, as incendiary tracks like “Marigold & Patchwork” were essentially blueprints for the emo style. However, the album was also criticized in some quarters (most notably by Pitchforkmedia) for sticking too closely to a style already well explored by previous acts such as Braid and Sunny Day Real Estate.

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In 1999, the band relocated to Lawrence, Kansas without Ruiz, recruiting new drummer Josh “Cobra” Baruth. Later that same year they entered the Red House studio in Eudora, Kansas with Ed Rose who would go on to produce their next four records.

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