Celebrated U.S. rock band SWEET APPLE has announced winter west coast tour dates in support of its critically lauded debut album Love & Desperation (Tee Pee Records). The light-hearted, heavy-hitting quartet, which features in its ranks drummer (and Dinosaur Jr. guitarist) J Mascis and members of the bands WITCH and COBRA VERDE, will team up with Dead Meadow for a string of shows set to kick off on January 11 in Seattle, WA.
SWEET APPLE formed out of friendship(s) in December, 2009 when Cobra Verde frontman John Petkovic “got in his car heading eastward” from his Cleveland home after the unfortunate death of his mother, who had endured a long, courageous battle with cancer. A mid-drive phone call from longtime friend (and bassist) Dave Sweetapple led to an impromptu jam session in Brattleboro, VT that also included Mascis. Soon, the band would add Cobra Verde’s Tim Parnin to its ranks (resulting in a formidable three guitar gang) and SWEET APPLE was born. The band’s much talked about debut Love & Desperation was mixed by John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth, The Hold Steady) and Don Depew (Guided By Voices, Cobra Verde) and is chock full of catchy, driving anthems and upbeat, infectious rock ‘n’ roll.
SWEET APPLE’s January live schedule is shaping up as follows:
January 11 Seattle, WA Tractor Tavern (w/ Dead Meadow)
January 12 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge (w/ Dead Meadow)
January 14 San Francisco, CA Cafe Du Nord (w/ Dead Meadow)
January 15 Los Angeles, CA The Satellite [formerly Spaceland] (w/ Dead Meadow)
January 16 San Diego, CA The Casbah (w/ Dead Meadow)
Check out SWEET APPLE‘s “Do You Remember” music video, which includes both “tennis and job quitting in equal measure,” now at this location.
SWEET APPLE fast facts:
– 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 Cleveland’s daily newspaper. Working on an underwear-themed art exhibition. Smokes less, but 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.