started high above the thermosphere in Kansas, blithely toying with gravity, guitars and indie-rock normalcy. Albums such as Low Level Owl, Vol. 1
seemed ideally suited for an iPod on a red-eye flight: a little drowsy in mood and a bit disoriented in construction but ultimately panoramic in its seamless storytelling. Years later, with feet firmly planted on the sustain pedal, Appleseed Cast still have their atmospheric vibe but now it's fully packed with a Jesus and Mary Chain punch. One could say they're now willing to poke their emo heads through the mesosphere and appeal to a whole new brand of kids that ain't in Kansas anymore.