Sweet Apple releases its sophomore power-pop platter ‘The Golden Age of Glitter,’ one week from today, Apr. 8, via Tee Pee Records. The band consists of J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr., Heavy Blanket), Tim Parnin (Cobra Verde, Chuck Mosley), John Petkovic (Cobra Verde, Death of Samantha, Guided By Voices) and Dave Sweetapple (Witch, Vardlokk). ‘The Golden Age of Glitter’ is the follow up to the band's debut ‘Love & Desperation,’ a record that featured "70s arena rock-like songs" (Pitchfork) with "one stomp box in the power pop of their youth, [and] one in the heavy indie thud [its members] invented" (SPIN).
‘The Golden Age of Glitter’ was recorded from California to Massachusetts, with Cleveland in the middle and, according to vocalist John Petkovic, "is an album about connecting and missing flights, arrivals and departures." It features special guest contributions from from Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, Queens Of The Stone Age) and Robert Pollard (Guided By Voices) among others. "Mark and Bob are longtime friends and we're all fans of their music and approach to making music," says Petkovic, who played with Pollard in Guided by Voices.
"By all normal measuring sticks, this record shouldn't even exist. We're a band spread out all over the county; we all play in a bunch of different bands; and we started by accident," said Petkovic. "And yet that's kind of what I find interesting about Sweet Apple. I came up with the first song for the record - "Wish You Could Stay (A Little Longer)" -- while we were on tour. We all flew in from different places and airports to meet in Seattle, the first stop on a West Coast tour. We came in a night early, for our one and only practice. On one hand, you'd think it's insane doing a band like this. On the other, there's a newness to it; it's like we're starting over and doing something new every time. Sweet Apple is a band of connecting flights and airports and that is also in an ongoing theme. I've never been in a band before where the band became the theme -- where there was such a wide gulf between the destination and getting there."
‘The Golden Age of Glitter’ will spawn six music videos of varying storylines. The first -- for "Wish You Could Stay (A Little Longer)" -- features the band dispersed around the country and connected by paper airplanes. The six videos will include -- in some form or fashion -- the band, Mark Lanegen, legendary bassist and songwriter Mike Watt, paper airplanes, the Rose Bowl, NYC, Halloween trick-or-treaters and more.
1.) Wish You Could Stay (A Little Longer) * duet with Mark Lanegan
2.) Reunion * duet with Robert Pollard
3.) Boys in Her Fan Club
4.) Let's Take the Same Plane * features Mark Lanegan and Rachel Haden on vocals
5.) Another Desert Skyline
6.) I Surrender
7.) Troubled Sleep
8.) We Are Ruins
9.) You Made a Fool Out of Me
10). Under the Liquor Sign * duet with Robert Pollard
Sweet Apple is:
J. Mascis - Also plays guitar in Dinosaur Jr. and drums in Witch. Played with Cobra Verde for a spell. Favorite color is purple. Owns hundreds of guitar pedals and dozens of Adidas. First job was at a Japanese restaurant. Has made pilgrimages to India. Enjoys kale chips and Dunkin' Donuts Munchkins.
Tim Parnin - Also plays guitar in Cobra Verde and with former Faith No More singer Chuck Mosely. Has also played on a ping-pong team with NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving. Gave up day job as a computer guy to open a guitar and pedal shop called Guitar Riot. Former juggling instructor.
John Petkovic - Also plays in Cobra Verde and Death of Samantha. Currently working on a movie in which he walks around LA in a space suit. Played in Guided by Voices for a while and on a J Mascis and Fog album. Owns dozens of Adidas. Former aid to the Crown Prince of Yugoslavia. According to Dave, he only eats canned food (Dinty Moore).
Dave Sweetapple - Also plays bass in Witch and Dusty Skull. Native of Newfoundland, Canada (where they beat baby seals). Grew long hair after seeing a photo of the Alice Cooper Band. His rare mushroom collection is as impressive as his vinyl collection. Aspiring ventriloquist!
Here’s the video for “Do You Remember” from ‘Love & Desperation’