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DOWNLOAD: Sweet Apple - Do You Remember (MP3)

Sweet Apple

Sweet Apple is a new group that features J. Mascis (drums/guitar/vocals), Cobra Verde's Tim Parnin (guitar) and John Petkovic (vocals/guitar), and Witch's Dave Sweetapple (bass/vocals).

Their debut album, a 12-song disc called Love & Desperation - mixed by John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth, The Hold Steady) and Don Depew (Guided By Voices, Cobra Verde) - comes out April 20th on Tee Pee Records. That's the same day the band plays NYC's Mercury Lounge. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 29th at noon. It's currently their only confirmed show, though a spring tour and SXSW plans are expected.

"Do You Remember," the hard rocking first song from the band, is posted above. The full story behind their formation is below...

Sweet Apple backstory

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. 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 anthem. "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."

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Comments (28)

Umm, wasn't Witch the same members?

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2010 12:36 PM

"At first glance, the rock 'n' roll quartet might seem like one of those "indie-rock supergroup" sideshows."

lol

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2010 12:44 PM

wait, is that the foo fighters?

Posted by jan janson | January 27, 2010 12:48 PM

wait, is that david johansen at the end?

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2010 12:51 PM

sucks getting older

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2010 1:07 PM

looking forward to this

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2010 1:11 PM

wedgie!

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2010 1:14 PM

The best thing that will come out of this "super"-group is that it will free Lou Barlow up from Dinosaur Jr for a while and he can do some solo and/or Sebadoh touring.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2010 1:21 PM

are those bad hair weaves?

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2010 1:41 PM

looks like j. has a big foam mohawk

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2010 1:43 PM

ugliest band ever

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2010 1:48 PM

@1:21
Lou mentioned on his forum that he's getting Sebadoh back together, but without Gaffney (I say that's a good thing)

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2010 2:07 PM

^Awesome news. Sebadoh > Dino Jr

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2010 2:08 PM

You may not of heard of Sweet Apple but don't worry, neither had we until this very moment either. Consisting of J. Mascis of 'Dinosaur Jr.', Tim Parnin from 'Cobra Verdes', Dave Sweetapple of 'Witch' and John Petkovic, 'Sweet Apple' is a new super-group born from the unfortunate death of Petkovic's mother and now ready to release a twelve-track record in 2010.

Posted by buy r4 card | January 27, 2010 2:09 PM

looks like the guy on the right just dropped a giant turd ball and he's wiping his butt. A crap photo! Literally...

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2010 2:12 PM

sweet apple's album will only be available on the iPad__

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2010 2:26 PM

Petkovic bought those pants with his severance package from GbV.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2010 3:21 PM

They are almost tight enough to sever ones package.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2010 3:26 PM

wow...so many haters. amazing.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2010 4:30 PM

SWEET APPLE is for haters.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2010 5:23 PM

yay, another fucking lou barlow solo record. i better call the knobs at insound to reserve a copy today.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2010 5:28 PM

this is most definitely the ugliest band in the world

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2010 6:01 PM

If you give a shit about the attractiveness of a band, you are a poser and nobody cares what you think. If you are in a band and you are attractive, chances are- you are a hack. Great original music is made by ugly people. By the time the good-looking people get involved, it is a "trend" and it is over.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2010 6:28 PM

If you give a shit about the attractiveness of a band, you are a poser and nobody cares what you think. If you are in a band and you are attractive, chances are- you are a hack. Great original music is made by ugly people. By the time the good-looking people get involved, it is a "trend" and it is over.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2010 6:28 PM

I guess beauty lies in the genuine realness of the musician. But dont be fooled a lot of underground bands are ugly because of their shit talking gossip. Even some of the bands on say..Load will admit that about other bands on Load records.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2010 3:09 AM

what does load have to do with it? stop living in the fucking 90s. move on to the 70s. steve marriott was as ugly as they come, and so was rod stewart. if you stuck the faces or humble pie on a room with any retard art fag band from risd art school, they would slay the competition and soak up the beer spills with the silly face masks. that said these are bunch of ugly cunts, especially gorgeous george in the purple pants.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2010 11:04 AM

WITCH!

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2010 2:06 PM

what does load have to do with it? stop living in the fucking 90s. move on to the 70s. steve marriott was as ugly as they come, and so was rod stewart. if you stuck the faces or humble pie on a room with any retard art fag band from risd art school, they would slay the competition and soak up the beer spills with the silly face masks. that said these are bunch of ugly cunts, especially gorgeous george in the purple pants.

Posted by LuisGuzman | October 28, 2012 10:03 AM

"At first glance, the rock 'n' roll quartet might seem like one of those "indie-rock supergroup" sideshows."

lol

Posted by Government Jobs Electronics India | October 31, 2012 12:12 PM

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