The Appleseed Cast // June Miller // Verse Metrics

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Lawrence, KS-based emo quartet THE APPLESEED CAST made its debut on the 1998 label sampler Records for the Working Class, releasing the full-length The End of the Ring Wars later that same year. In 1999 they released a new single, Skatter Ik Ignito, as well as a split EP with labelmates Planes Mistaken for Stars and Race Car Riot; Mare Vitalis followed in early 2000, heavily showcasing Baruth’s complicated beats and the band’s overall dense, atmospheric sound. Despite the hints of a new direction, the album couldn’t have prepared fans for the two Low Level Owl albums released in 2001. Complex, delicate, and highly experimental, these two records took a cue from Radiohead’s Kid A and sent the band careening into space rock and electronica with only traces of emo poking through. The records weren’t nearly as commercially accepted, but their overall bravery showed that the band was prepared to make stylistic leaps.

The next year, Lost Songs brought four unreleased tracks from 1999 and five new songs together onto one album. Overdubbing new elements over the older songs, The Appleseed Cast blended the tense emo of their early work and the broad experimentation of their new material. The band returned in 2003 with Two Conversations (Tiger Style), which continued to explore atmospheric texture in the framework of traditional rock & roll. An extensive tour followed the LP’s release. The band next went on a brief hiatus following Tiger Style’s demise, but soon returned with renewed energy and a new label. Peregrine appeared in March 2006 on Militia Group before hitting the road with dates on both coasts. Sagamartha arrived in 2009, and later that year, the band signed on with Graveface Records, and in 2011 released their first recordings for the label, the EP Middle States. The group returned with sixth album Illumination Ritual in spring of 2013.


JUNE MILLER is cinematographic dream state, soundtrack of landscapes that have no name. It is dense sound, yet rarefied – meteorology of consciousness, often cumulonimbus of rain and rage, sometimes a white stain stretched and floating the blue.

The band’s first recording is Simulacra Sunset, released on vynil 10” by the Italian label Marsiglia in 2009. 2010 is the year of the second EP With Downcast Eyes, released by the Japanese label Friend of Mine. The debut full-length album is I Couldn’t Be With You Even If I Wanted, produced by Chris Crisci (The Appleseed Cast) and released in Italy by OuZeL rec. in September 2012, as well as in Japan by Friend of Mine rec. in February 2013.

After releasing the album, the band has toured Italy extensively, and will be the opening act of The Appleseed Cast European Tour scheduled for Fall 2013.


VERSE METRICS is a Glasgow-based alternative band formed in late 2009. The band released 5-track EP VM1 in November 2010 and double A-side single Sleep & Wakefulness in July 2011, bringing shows across Scotland and England with the likes of Found, United Fruit, Arches, Gothenburg Address, Bwani Junction, I Build Collapsible Mountains and many others.

Highlights to date include being named in Vic Galloway‘s ‘Tips for 2011′ and Sunday Herald’s ‘A-Z of ones to watch in 2012’, as well as extensive radio play. Since VM1 opener ‘Tired Lights’ won an honourable mention in The Scotsman’s inaugural Radar Prize, several tracks have been featured on BBC Radio shows such as Radio 1 Scotland, BBC Introducing and 6 Music, as well as coverage from independent stations and podcasts. Verse Metrics have also had prominent features in The Scotsman’s Under the Radar and The Evening Times, and positive reviews from well known media titles including The Herald, The List and The Skinny. In August 2012 the band recorded 5 new tracks with engineer Jamie Savage at Chem19 studios. These tracks make up Verse Metrics’ new Radians EP, released on 1st December 2012.
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