Review: Sweet Apple – “Love & Desperation”
Let’s face it, side projects suck. You have big names breaking off from their known bands to play in these projects that go nowhere and thankfully so. However, every now and then, there is a gem. A few come to mind: Down, Spiritual Beggars, Firebird, and Sweet Apple. In this side project’s freshman release, Love & Desperation, released on 04/20/10, J Mascis lends his talents on the drums and guitar for this album. Alongside J is fellow Witch member Dave Sweetapple, Cobra Verde guitarist Tim Parnin, and singer/guitarist John Petkovic.
For a band that was born out of personal tragedy, this album is a fun album that shows no regard for one’s safety. Though, some songs are a bit darker lyrically like “It’s Over Now”, and my personal favorite “Hold Me, I’m Dying”, from the moment the album opens with catchy “Do You Remember?” to the closing song fittingly named “Goodnight”, this album does not fail to entertain and impress with its ballsy rock that is played with heart that is all but missing from today’s run-of-the-mill music.X Even so, it’s hard to find yourself being depressed by these songs.
In a conversation with John over Facebook, he stated that they created the band out of fun, and they had no idea that anyone would like this, but they’re happy to see that it is liked and selling so well. Well, he’s not the only one. This Tee Pee Records release is a must-have for 2010.