Sweet Apple to Release Sophomore LP “The Golden Age of Glitter” April 8.
Indie Supergroup Gets Conceptual on Long-Awaited New LP.
Album to Feature Guest Appearances from Mark Lanegan, Robert Pollard and More.
SWEET APPLE, the band of rockers from groups you’ve heard before is back! The Golden Age of Glitter, a 10-song power-pop masterpiece featuring J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr., Heavy Blanket), Tim Parnin (Cobra Verde, Chuck Mosley), John Petkovic (Cobra Verde, Death of Samantha, Guided By Voices) and Dave Sweetapple (Witch, Vardlokk) will be released on April 8 via Tee Pee Records. The LP is the follow up to the band’s critically celebrated debut Love & Desperation, a record that featured “70s arena rock-like songs” (Pitchfork) and presented “one stomp box in the power pop of their youth, one in the heavy indie thud they invented” (SPIN).
The Golden Age Of Glitter was recorded from California to Massachusetts, with Cleveland in the middle and, according to vocalist John Petkovic, “is an album about connecting and missing flights, arrivals and departures.” Featuring 10 songs of SWEET APPLE‘s irresistibly infectious rock, The Golden Age of Glitter travels a wide swathe of musical styles — almost as wide as the geography represented by the band — and revolves around a running narrative where the band becomes the theme (the group’s members are spread out across the country). Lyrically, the songs focus on “travel and distance”, longing for a new, different place and then tackling the reality of getting there. Yes, SWEET APPLE cashed in their frequent flyer miles for a trip full of sunny, dark, moody and heavy sounds – the kind we’ve heard these guys do in other bands, but never before like this! The Golden Age of Glitter features special guest contributions from Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, Queens Of The Stone Age) and Robert Pollard (Guided By Voices) among others. ”Mark and Bob are longtime friends and we’re all fans of their music and approach to making music,” says Petkovic, who played with Pollard in Guided by Voices.
”By all normal measuring sticks, this record shouldn’t even exist. We’re a band spread out all over the county; we all play in a bunch of different bands; and we started by accident,” said Petkovic. ”And yet that’s kind of what I find interesting about Sweet Apple. I came up with the first song for the record – “Wish You Could Stay (A Little Longer)” — while we were on tour. We all flew in from different places and airports to meet in Seattle, the first stop on a West Coast tour. We came in a night early, for our one and only practice. On one hand, you’d think it’s insane doing a band like this. On the other, there’s a newness to it; it’s like we’re starting over and doing something new every time. Sweet Apple is a band of connecting flights and airports and that is also in an ongoing theme. I’ve never been in a band before where the band became the theme — where there was such a wide gulf between the destination and getting there.”
Interestingly, The Golden Age of Glitter will spawn six (YES, SIX) music videos of varying storylines. The first — for “Wish You Could Stay (A Little Longer)” — features the band dispersed around the country and connected by paper airplanes. The SIX videos will include — in some form or fashion — the band, Mark Lanegen, legendary bassist and songwriter Mike Watt, paper airplanes, the Rose Bowl, NYC, Halloween trick-or-treaters and more. You’ll have to wait until the next press release to find out more…
1.) Wish You Could Stay (A Little Longer) * duet with Mark Lanegan
2.) Reunion * duet with Robert Pollard
3.) Boys in Her Fan Club
4.) Let’s Take the Same Plane * features Mark Lanegan and Rachel Haden on vocals
5.) Another Desert Skyline
6.) I Surrender
7.) Troubled Sleep
8.) We Are Ruins
9.) You Made a Fool Out of Me
10). Under the Liquor Sign * duet with Robert Pollard
Sweet Apple is:
J. Mascis - Also plays guitar in Dinosaur Jr. and drums in Witch. Played with Cobra Verde for a spell. Favorite color is purple. Owns hundreds of guitar pedals and dozens of Adidas. First job was a Japanese restaurant. Has made pilgrimages to India. Enjoys kale chips and Dunkin’ Donuts Munchkins.
Tim Parnin - Also plays guitar in Cobra Verde and with former Faith No More singer Chuck Mosely. Has also played on a ping-pong team with NBA All Star Kyrie Irving. Gave up day job as a computer guy to open a guitar and pedal shop called Guitar Riot. Former juggling instructor.
John Petkovic - Also plays in Cobra Verde and Death of Samantha. Currently working on a movie in which he walks around L.A. in a space suit. Played in Guided by Voices for a while and on a J Mascis and Fog album. Owns dozens of Adidas. Former aid to the Crown Prince of Yugoslavia. According to Dave, he only eats canned food (Dinty Moore).
Dave Sweetapple - Also plays bass in Witch and Dusty Skull. Native of Newfoundland, Canada (where they beat baby seals). Grew hair long after seeing a photo of the Alice Cooper Band. His rare mushroom collection is as impressive as his vinyl collection. Aspiring ventriloquist!
“Sweet Apple rock it up in gonzomid-’70s style, with lashings of glam (Kiss FM riffs) and powerpop (Posies / Raspberries harmonies).” - MOJO
”Alt-rock all-stars swing hard…Sweet Apple throbs with a swaggering garage-rock bravado” - PASTE
”the sounds of catharsis and joyous release, a reminder of what rock & roll is all about.”- THE BIG TAKEOVER
”A throwback ’70s pop-rock jam from Cobra Verde singer John Petkovic, Dinosaur Jr. axe god J. Mascis and Witch bassist Dave Sweetapple, the self-referential Sweet Apple crafts summery anthems perfectly built for the bong room or mini-golf course.” - FILTER
New Sweet Apple 45 - Now Available.
'Wish You Could Stay (A Little Longer)'
First single from upcoming full length 'The Golden Age of Glitter.'
Vocal duet with Mark Lanegan!
Very limited release - available in yellow or purple vinyl. Click here to order. February 2013
Sweet Apple pays tribute to cheapjack political ads, empty slogans and the electoral college with its Decision 2012 anthem "ELECTED."
Elijah Wood picks Sweet Apple for iTunes Compilation.
June 29th, 2010
Sweet Apple fan Elijah Wood included the song 'Do You Remember' on his
'Elysium: A Benefit for The Art of Elysium' - a charity album benefiting the Art of the Elysium foundation. Other artists include Sonic Youth, Black Mountain, and The Kills.
Every day, through Sunday, Magnet will run two things Dave, Tim, J and John chose to say something about, from music to clothes to spiritual leaders to movies. Magnet will update the "Guest Editor" section twice a day, with two new items. There's also a Q and A on the band. If ...you wanna check it, go to www.magnetmagazine.com/?s=sweet+apple
'Do You Remember' video now up on YouTube.
April 14th, 2010
Sweet Apple to release 'Love & Desperation' - April 2010
Most bands are brought together by guitars, amps and drums. Sweet Apple formed after tragedy, out of friendship, on a miserable day in Vermont. At first glance, the rock ‘n’ roll quartet might seem like one of those "indie-rock supergroup" sideshows. (editor's note: "stupor group"?)
Yes, J Mascis (drums/guitar/vocals) plays in Dinosaur Jr. Tim Parnin (guitar) and John Petkovic (vocals/guitar) play in Cobra Verde. Dave Sweetapple (bass/vocals) plays in Witch. But Sweet Apple was born of a death - and a cross country drive. Totally by chance.
It was rainy morning in December when John Petkovic got in his car heading eastward. He had no destination in mind, let alone plans for a band. He just wanted to drive away. "My mother had just died after a long, horrible illness," he says. "And I’d been totally devastated by so many things, all at once. I’d lost so much weight. I couldn’t eat or sleep. All I did was smoke cigarettes, one and after another after another." John got in his car and went for a long smoke. Four hundred miles from his hometown of Cleveland, and out of the blue, he received a phone call from friend Dave Sweetapple.
"I couldn’t believe he was driving around aimlessly," says Sweetapple, of Brattleboro, Vt. "When I found out he was so close to Vermont I told him to come over." Dave also called their mutual friend J Mascis, who lives nearby in Amherst, Ma., and told him to come over. J did, and told John to start writing a bunch of songs when he got back home - so they could start a band. John hadn’t played guitar for months. He came up with four songs on the ride home - including "I Can’t See You," with its haunting refrain, "I drove and drove and drove and drove. And drove and drove and drove and drove."
Within three weeks, John was jamming with CV bandmate Tim Parnin - and they whittled 25 songs down to 12. "Out of the blue, we had an album full of catchy tunes," says Parnin. "It’s one of the weirdest things I’ve experienced playing in bands." Even weirder, many of the songs are upbeat - fun and mockingly funny, with loud, brash guitars. "
Do You Remember" is a driving singalong. "I’ve Got a Feeling That Won’t Change" is wounded pop. "Flying Up a Mountain" is a nihilist singalong. "Love & Desperation" was recorded in Cleveland and Massachusetts. It was mixed by John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth, The Hold Steady) and Don Depew (Guided By Voices, Cobra Verde).
"I tell people that I saved John’s life by starting this band," says Mascis. "But they don’t believe me."
Sweet Apple is: J Mascis - Guitar god in Dinosaur Jr.; drummer in Witch. Played with Cobra Verde for a spell. Owner of hundreds of guitar pedals and dozens of Adidas. Favorite color is purple. Has worked in a coffee shop in India, even though he doesn’t drink coffee. Spends a lot of money in Whole Foods.
Tim Parnin - Guitar player in Cobra Verde. Plays guitar with former Faith No More singer Chuck Mosely. Former clothing designer. Cleveland Cavaliers season ticket holder. Partied with Shaq.
John Petkovic - Frontman for Cobra Verde. Still gets acting residuals from "The OC." Played in Guided by Voices. Former aid to the Crown Prince of Yugoslavia. Writes about bars and movies for the Cleveland’s daily newspaper. Working on an underwear-themed art exhibition. Smokes less, eats more gummy bears.
Dave Sweetapple - Bassist in Witch. Native of Newfoundland, Canada (where they beat baby seals). Prefers rock over free jazz. Grew hair long after seeing a photo of the Alice Cooper Band. Collects rare mushrooms. Owns a best-in-breed Irish Wolfhound named Cyril.