The Appleseed Cast reminds me of my musical roots -- Jimmy Eat World, Sunday's Best, American Football, and such. Before emo turned into shit, this is what it was. Scratch the pussy vocals and shopping mall attitudes of the "emo" bands today; they bring shame to the genre. I was watching this Sports Center special a while ago that highlighted the past heroes of American football (the sport, not the band), and they were all talking about how ashamed they are of the players nowadays. They felt like they had laid this great foundation and that the modern athletes were fucking it up with their financial squabbles and obnoxious behavior. I know nothing about sports, modern or classic, so I can't really comment on that, but I feel like the same situation is being replicated in some realms of the music world. Emo music had its peak in the '90s, no doubt. Everything now is a kind of sick aftermath.
But yea, getting off my soapbox, The Appleseed Cast is a band that still produces music of the Mineral, American Football, Sunny Day Real Estate quality. By that I mean soft, complex drumming, soaring, interweaving guitar riffs, and grunge-like vocals. That is more than refreshing nowadays. People say punk is dead, and I was kind of scared emo was heading down that same path. You know what, it probably is, but kamikaze bands like The Appleseed Cast might reverse that trend for a little bit at least.
mp3 Fishing the Sky
mp3 Hanging Marionette