The Appleseed Collective’s sound is just off-center enough to keep listeners leaning forward and hanging on for what’s next. Roots and gypsy influences churn beneath the surface, but it’s a galloping, gritty energy that binds plenty of other leanings — guttural chants, nearly spoken-word jazz, globally sourced embellishments and more — to each link of the Michigan band’s eclectic whole. That mix stems from wild variances in each player’s creative outlook: Guitarist Andrew Brown was raised by a Motown session musician; violinist and mandolinist Brandon Worder-Smith hitchhiked for over a year, exploring sonic America; upright bassist Eric O’Daly doubles as a steward of Indian classical music; and multipercussionist Vince Russo does his creative work on a vintage washboard. The group plays Pisgah Brewing Co. on Thursday, June 30, at 8 p.m. Free. pisgahbrewing.com. Photo by Benjamin Weatherston
Before you comment
The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.