- The Apples in Stereo
Infobox musical artist
Name = The Apples in Stereo
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Indie pop Indie rock Neo-psychedelia Garage Rock
Elephant 6 SpinART Records Simian Records
URL = [http://www.applesinstereo.com/ Official website]
Bill Doss John Dufilho
Hilarie Sidney Chris McDuffie
The Apples in Stereo is an American
indie rockband associated with The Elephant Six Collective, a group of bands also including Neutral Milk Hoteland The Olivia Tremor Control. The band is largely a product of lead vocalist/guitarist Robert Schneider, who writes the majority of the band's music and lyrics. Currently, The Apples in Stereo also includes longstanding members John Hill (rhythm guitar) and Eric Allen (bass), as well as new members Bill Doss(keyboards), John Dufilho(drums) and John Ferguson (keyboards).
They are best known for their bright, catchy lyrics and 60s pop/rock sound that often evokes comparisons to
The Beatles, The Velvet Underground, The Beach Boys, and, with the release of " New Magnetic Wonder", Electric Light Orchestra.
1991-1993: The Apples
In late 1991,
Robert Schneidermet Jim McIntyre on a commuter bus in Denver, Colorado.cite web |url=http://www.hiponline.com/artist/music/a/apples_in_stereo/index.php5 |title=Apples in Stereo - Biography |accessdate=2007-06-29 |author=Robert Schneider |year= |month= |format= |work= |publisher=Hip Online] Schneider had recently moved to Colorado from Ruston, Louisiana, and would often initiate daily conversations with McIntyre. When Schneider asked McIntyre what his music interests were, McIntyre named his favorite band: The Beach Boys— a band Schneider was particularly fond of. Realizing that they shared many musical interests, McIntyre introduced Schneider to Hilarie Sidney. McIntyre already had a band called Von Hemmlingin which McIntyre played bass and Sidney played drums. With Schneider, they discussed the idea of starting a band and perhaps a recording label. Schneider would later meet Chris Parfitt, who was also already in a band at the time. Schneider and Parfitt would also become friends, however, and toyed with the idea of having a rock band similar to The Velvet Undergroundor Black Sabbath, with production qualities similar to that of The Beach Boys.
Schneider would then spend two weeks in
Athens, Georgiarecording music and spending time with his childhood friends Will Cullen Hart, Bill Dossand Jeff Mangum. He discussed the idea of starting a record label with them (which would soon become The Elephant 6 Recording Company). It was also at this time that the name "The Apples" came about, inspired by the Pink Floydsong "Apples and Oranges".
The earliest incarnation of the band began to form in 1992 upon Schneider's return to Denver, first between Schneider and Parfitt, both of whom played guitar. The two would recruit McIntyre and Sidney during the autumn of that year, practicing material through the winter. Their first few live shows would take place the following January, many of which were with the band
Felt Pilotes. From February to April 1993, the band recorded their debut 7" EP, "Tidal Wave", and released it in June as the first official Elephant 6 release.
1994-1995: "Hypnotic Suggestion" and "Fun Trick Noisemaker"
Several conflicts would lead Parfitt to leave the band in early 1994. [ [http://opticalatlas.com/?page_id=91 Optical Atlas - 6 Questions with Chris Parfitt of Vince Mole and His Calcium Orchestra] ] John Hill, a former bandmate of McIntyre's, would join the band as a rhythm guitarist while Schneider began to grow more comfortable playing lead guitar. It was also at this time that Schneider began to take stronger creative control of the band, shifting its sound from its stronger rock qualities to a spacier pop sound. The band started work on a debut full-length album, but it instead became "Hypnotic Suggestion", a second EP. However, after
SpinART Recordsoffered to buy the band an 8-track in return for an album, new plans for an LP arose.
In mid-1994, after "Hypnotic Suggestion", McIntyre would be the second to leave the band, due to a number of personal distresses as well as the newfound artistic constraints that arose with Parfitt's departure. [http://opticalatlas.com/?page_id=101 Optical Atlas - 6 Questions with Jim McIntyre of Von Hemmling] ] Having great difficulty finding a new permanent bassist, the band would rotate a number of frequent contributors, including
Jeff Mangumof Neutral Milk Hotel, Kurt Heasleyof The Lilys, Kyle Jones, and Joel Evans, among others. Jim McIntyre would also occasionally guest on bass. This continued to be the makeup of the band as they toured the country in late 1994, recording the first half of their new album in Glendora, California. In early 1995, the band finished the album, " Fun Trick Noisemaker", at Kyle Jones's house (the birthplace of Schneider's Pet Sounds Studio).
Now with a full-length LP to support, the band began touring again. Eric Allen, whom the band had previously auditioned as a guitarist after the departure of Chris Parfitt, joined the band as a much welcomed permanent bassist. Late 1995, Schneider relocated Pet Sounds Studio to Jim McIntyre's house.
A significantly different band from the original 1992 four-piece, the official name of the band gradually became "The Apples in Stereo", with the "in stereo" usually somewhat under-emphasized, whether in lower-case or in parenthesis. Schneider described this in an interview: "It's very clearcut, actually: we're The Apples, the music's in stereo. It's not actually the band name - it's a step back from it, a band name once removed. We're The Apples, in stereo. Kind of like a TV show, 'in stereo!' That always seemed to be a really big deal, that it was in stereo." [cite web |url=http://www.uwm.edu/~jenor/apples.html |title=Apples and Oranges: Robert Schneider interview |accessdate=2007-06-29 |author=Jeff Norman |year= |publisher=Milk] McIntyre later remarked, "It's cool the name changed cause the Apples and the Apples in Stereo were really two different entities."
1996-2005: "Tone Soul Evolution" to "Velocity of Sound
The band continued touring through 1996, playing in
Japanfor the first time. Several early recording sessions were held at Pet Sounds for the band's second album, " Tone Soul Evolution", but the members were dissatisfied with the quality of the recordings. The majority of the album's songs were re-recorded at Studio .45 in Hartford, Connecticutbefore the album's release. In 1998, Chris McDuffiejoined the band, playing various instruments including organs, synthesizers and assorted percussion. He would leave the band before "Velocity of Sound" was released in 2002.
Several more albums were released by the band through the years, including the psychedelic "concept EP" [cite web |url=http://www.terrascope.co.uk/MyBackPages/APPLES%20IN%20STEREO2.pdf |title=Apples in Stereo: a Terrascopic interview |author=Jud Cost |year= ] "
Her Wallpaper Reverie", " The Discovery of a World Inside the Moone" and " Velocity of Sound"; both of the latter which were progressively aimed at capturing the live sound of the band, which continued to tighten as they continued to perform hundreds of live shows (about 100 a year).cite web |url=http://www.elephant6.com/press/NYtimes.html |title=For Rock Bands, Selling Out Isn't What It Used to Be |author=John Leland |date=2001-03-11] In particular, the 2002 album "Velocity of Sound" rejects most of the psych-pop production sensibilities that would come to be associated with the band, instead featuring stripped-down production and sparse, rock instrumentation.
The band members would also continue to pursue careers in side bands and solo projects, with Schneider producing several albums for Elephant 6 artists. Schneider and drummer Hilarie Sidney were married for a time, with a son born in 2001. They have since been divorced.
The band went on a brief hiatus during 2004 as Schneider released the debut album from a new band called ulysses and Sidney released the debut album from her new band
The High Water Marks; both were released on Eenie Meenie Records. In 2005, The Apples in Stereo contributed "Liza Jane" to the Eenie Meenie compilation, " Dimension Mix". It was also around this time that news of a new studio album was being planned by the band.
2006-present: "New Magnetic Wonder" and new lineup
In August 2006, longtime drummer
Hilarie Sidneyofficially announced her departure from the band during the band's closing set at the Athens Popfestmusic festival in Athens, Georgia. Her replacement, John Dufilho, lead singer and principal songwriter of The Deathray Davies, was announced in October 2006. [ [http://www.opticalatlas.com/2006/10/apples-in-stereo-announce-new-drummer.html Optical Atlas - Apples in Stereo Announce New Drummer] ] 2006 touring member Bill Dossof The Olivia Tremor Controlalso quietly joined the band "officially" as its new keyboardist. John Ferguson of Big Freshand Ulyssesjoined the Apples for their 2007 tours.
In December 2006, Robert Schneider appeared on the popular television show "
The Colbert Report" to kick off a guitar solo contest between the show's host Stephen Colbertand Chris Funkof The Decemberists.
February 6, 2007, The Apples in Stereo released their sixth studio LP, " New Magnetic Wonder". Finishing a ten year deal with spinART Records, "New Magnetic Wonder" was the premiere release on Simian Records, a newly formed record label founded by Elijah Wood. This was followed by a long-awaited b-sidesand rarities compilation titled " Electronic Projects for Musicians", released on April 1. [ [http://www.youaintnopicasso.com/2007/05/10/apples-in-stereo-to-release-rarities-comp/ Apples in Stereo to release rarities comp] at You Ain't No Picasso]
2008, spinART Recordswent out of business. Rights for all major releases by The Apples in Stereo on the label have since been acquired by One Little Indian Records. In a recent interview, Schneider noted that the band's EPs have yet to have been re-released, but will likely be collected for another compilation. [ [http://www.ilike.com/artist/The+Apples+In+Stereo/videos/144910577 The Apples in stereo - Electronic Projects for Musicians p1] at iLike] Such a compilation would probably include the re-releases of " Look Away + 4", "Let's Go!" and a number of non-album songs released alongside "New Magnetic Wonder".
August 4, 2008, the band appeared again on " The Colbert Report". They performed their song "Can You Feel It?" to promote the release of the Japanese picture disc. [ [http://www.comedycentral.com/colbertreport/videos.jhtml?videoId=178718 Videom] ]
* 1992 to present -
Robert Schneider; guitar, lead vocals
* 1994 to present - John Hill; guitar
* 1996 to present - Eric Allen; bass
* 2006 to present -
Bill Doss; keyboards
* 2006 to present -
John Dufilho; drums
* 2006 to present - John Ferguson; vocals, keyboards
* 1992 to 2006 -
Hilarie Sidney; drums, vocals
* 1999 to 2002 -
Chris McDuffie; keyboards
* 1992 to 1994 - Jim McIntyre; bass
* 1992 to 1993 -
Chris Parfitt; guitar
Fun Trick Noisemaker" (1995)
Tone Soul Evolution" (1997)
Her Wallpaper Reverie" (1999)
The Discovery of a World Inside the Moone" (2000)
Velocity of Sound" (2002)
New Magnetic Wonder" (2007)
* [http://www.applesinstereo.com/ Official website]
* [http://www.e6townhall.com/forumdisplay.php?fid=2 Official message board]
* [http://www.elephant6.com/bands/apples.html The Apples in Stereo] at Elephant6.com
* [http://www.tractor-beam.com Tractor Beam Management]
* [http://www.archive.org/details/TheApplesInStereo The Apples in Stereo] at Live Music Archive
* [http://cornellsun.com/node/21207 Interview with the Cornell Daily Sun]
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