I have been compiling some of the various reviews from around the country and thought it would be cool to share them here. This one from the show in Tucson at Plush is my favorite so far…here. Money quote:
Fans focused intently, almost reverently, on the shifting textures and ambitious dynamics of the band’s magnum opus. You know it’s true devotion when a Plush audience isn’t nearly as loud as the band.
Almost as much as the band, the crowd had a singular identity and culture—thoughtful, alert to nuance, many in attendance by themselves, but somehow in solidarity. I wanted to know what else was on their iPods, and what other shows they were looking forward to. It felt like I’d found my tribe.
From the show in Houston at Rudyard’s, this review from the Houston Press blog. Money quote:
Hearing these songs performed live reminded us why we find most versions of post-rock boring to this day, as they all seem to be a pale shadow of the soaring sounds and textures of Low Level Owl. Like any classic emo record, the music alternated between brooding and hopeful, tense and optimistic, as songs like “On Reflection,” “Steps And Numbers,” and “A Place In Line” still resonated strong and true.
A blogger reviewed the Vancouver show at the Biltmore, here. Money quote:
The show was experiential largely because the Appleseed Cast’s songs are not ones that listeners easily sing along to, though one can still relish in the artistry of the lyrics. The beauty of the group’s Biltmore set lay within its experimental guitar riffs and interesting keyboard effects, encouraging listeners to relate the tunes to the images displayed on the projection screen behind the drummer or to discover their own feelings related to the songs. The Appleseed Cast’s music has the feeling of a quilt: the listener is immersed in the different textures of the grand, symphonic pieces, all while experiencing the very human warmth and intimacy in songs like “Bird of Paradise” or “Steps and Numbers”.
Just a taste from a few of the reviews. I am always a little surprised by the mentions of Deep Elm and emo. Haven’t we moved past that yet? I mean the band has released, what three records (Two Conversations, Paregrine, and Sagarmatha), since being associated with Deep Elm. And beyond that, isn’t the emo thing a little yesterday, not just for this band, but for eveything?