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Silver Apples Presents Far-Out Sounds
Long before Skrillex and Squarepusher, electronic music was pulsing out of academic labs and underground venues. During the 1960s, sine-wave generators and oscillators were escaping their old homes in places like the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center and West Germany's Cologne radio studio, and getting into the hands of young, radical, self-taught musicians who were ready to bring these exciting new sounds to their revolutionary generation. Silver Apples was a seminal electronic music group at the forefront of the sonic expansion that changed the sound of pop music forever. They're still performing and their sound is as ground-breaking as ever.
Silver Apples are bringing their mind-expanding brand of experimental rock to Europe late this fall. They're playing two dates in Oxford before hitting the continent with shows in Barcelona, Madrid, Paris, Utrecht, and Kortrijk in Belgium. They then return to the United Kingdom for highly anticipated shows in Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool, London, and Brighton, as well as a show in Dublin. This is the band's first European tour in more than two years, and Silver Apples tickets are selling out fast.
Silver Apples' name comes from a William Butler Yeats poem called "The Song of Wandering Aengus," which ends with the lines: "The silver apples of the moon/The golden apples of the sun." Another theory posits that the band's name secretly pays homage to experimental composer Morton Subotnick and his 1967 record "Silver Apples of the Moon," released by Nonesuch in 1968 as the first album of electronic music commissioned by a record label. Subotnick's album was an abstract exploration of electronic sounds, generated using equipment built by iconoclast synthesiser designer Don Buchla. Subotnick had been part of the San Francisco Tape Music Center and associated with Mills College and the California Institute of the Arts. Featuring illustrations by the famed drip-projection artist Tony Martin, Silver Apples of the Moon is an iconic part of the '60s west coast psychedelic milieu. Silver Apples' shared name speaks to the cross-cultural pollination in the '60s between abstract electronic experimental music and psychedelic rock.
Silver Apples formed in New York City in 1968. The band's primary member is Simeon Oliver Coxe, who goes simply by Simeon. He sings and plays his mix of home-made and acquired synthesisers. Danny Taylor was the drummer for the group until his death in 2005. The band's roots were in the rock group The Overland Stage Electric Band; however, as Simeon began introducing the strange sounds of analogue synthesisers into the band's songs, the more traditional-minded members resisted. After that band's breakup, Silver Apples was born. Poet Stanley Warren wrote lyrics for many of Silver Apples' early songs, which were an important element in creating the unique psychedelic style of the band.
Silver Apples toured the US for the first time in 1970, following the release of their second album. The band became inactive after their record label, Kapp, was folded into a larger label and ceased to exist independently. They went through a long period of obscurity before being rediscovered in the '90s after TRC -- a German label -- released their two earliest LPs and bootleg CDs. This led to their breakthrough into general consciousness and their recognised status as pioneers of electronic music, and prompted Simeon to reform the band in 1996.
The band's self-titled debut album premiered in 1968. Featuring the single "Oscillations," this iconic album is recognised as a classic of psychedelia and early electronic pop music. In 1969, they released a second album, Contact. Both albums were re-released in 1994 by TRC; since then, they have also released all of the material that was recorded in 1970 and unavailable to fans for nearly 30 years. These seminal albums include Decatur and The Garden.
Silver Apples features Simeon singing and playing synths. Given the long hiatus of the group, many fans thought they would never have the chance to see Silver Apples live, so their shows are filled by a grateful audience and a legendary musician on stage doing what he loves.
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