Sweet Apple

  No, this is not merely the side project of Dinosaur Jr. shredder J. Mascis. His side project is the awesomely sludgy stoner band Witch. Sweet Apple,...
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By Jake Austen |
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No, this is not merely the side project of Dinosaur Jr. shredder J. Mascis. His side project is the awesomely sludgy stoner band Witch. Sweet Apple, also featuring Witch bassist Dave Sweetapple, is a Witch side project, making this more of Mascis’s side side project. Or, with John Petkovic singing and Tim Parnin on guitar, the roles they play in Cleveland glam-punk vets Cobra Verde, the quartet could be considered a Cobra Verde side project. Confusing enough.

No, this is not merely the side project of Dinosaur Jr. shredder J. Mascis. His side project is the awesomely sludgy stoner band Witch. Sweet Apple, also featuring Witch bassist Dave Sweetapple, is a Witch side project, making this more of Mascis’s side side project. Or, with John Petkovic singing and Tim Parnin on guitar, the roles they play in Cleveland glam-punk vets Cobra Verde, the quartet could be considered a Cobra Verde side project. Confusing enough.

Putting all those sides aside, it suffices to say that Sweet Apple simply rocks by the textbook. Most “apple” bands have bouncy, bubblegum or psyche vibes—Apple, Apples in Stereo, the Applejacks, even the fictional television band Righteous Apples. Despite some power-pop hooks, this album’s guitar-heavy sound brings to mind all the long-haired, weed-addled bar bands of the ’70s—a bunch of hip dads shirking their chores in the garage. Meat and muscle cover the skeletal notions of Love and Desperation. The basic riff rock rises above the good-as-it-has-to-be level on a few telling titles, including “I’ve Got A Feeling (That Won’t Change)” and “Do You Remember,” the latter of which features a silly video with quaint moments like hot girls in a shower. Perhaps Mac & Cheese would have been a better name for this comforting, starchy side.

Sweet Apple hits Abbey Pub Saturday 10.

Download Love & Desperation at iTunes | Buy it from Amazon.com


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