Some of our peers keep around a box of mixtapes from long-ago friends and lovers, while others still cling to their cassettes from high school and college. Acting like archaeologists, this hoarding reminds them of who they were then and allows them to tap into a deep well of memories. With Aftermath, we associate certain records with certain key times in our life. Any time that we hear Winners Never Quit by Pedro The Lion, Understand This Is A Dream by The Juliana Theory, Leave Here A Stranger by Starflyer 59 or Orange Rhyming Dictionary by Jets To Brazil, we're immediately brought back to the time right after we graduated from college, those heady days of post-adolescence when we're supposed to be "growing up," but we have no clue what the hell that really is supposed to mean.
Included on that list is Low Level Owl, Volumes 1 and 2 by The Appleseed Cast, originally released in Fall 2001. To the uninitiated, this Lawrence, Kan.-based outfit serves as an unheralded link between the second-wave emo of Sunny Day Real Estate and the crashing post-rock anthems of Explosions In The Sky. Amidst a prodigious career that includes well-received records such as Mare Vitalis, Peregrine and Sagarmartha, most of the band's fans consistently point to the two Low Level Owl records as the band's absolute zenith.
Thus, we were beyond excited to learn that The Appleseed Cast would be commemorating its recent signing to DIY record label Graveface Records by touring the two albums as a cohesive whole.