The Apples In Stereo Biography

Led by vocalist/guitarist Robert Schneider (South Africa), Denver, Colorado, USA-based Apples In Stereo is one of a crop of allied bands, known as the Elephant 6 Recording Company and including the Olivia Tremor Control, Neutral Milk Hotel and Elf Power, who have spent their career trying to recreate the sonic abandon of classic 60s songwriting. The Beach Boys are by some way the band’s most obvious reference point. Backed by Schneider’s girlfriend (and later wife) Hilary Sidney and a bass player, the band (originally known as the Apples) released a series of acclaimed EPs for SpinART Records in the mid-90s that were eventually compiled on Science Faire. Their debut album proper was 1996’s Fun Trick Noisemaker, on which Schneider pretended to be ‘in a studio orbiting 12, 000 miles above Earth’. Their major-label debut revealed the method behind their madness, containing instantly memorable psychedelic pop songs.

The follow-ups, Her Wallpaper Reverie (1999) and The Discovery Of A World Inside The Moone (2000) were even more magical and a confirmation, if any was needed, of what a fertile musical breeding ground the Elephant 6 scene has proved to be. Their fifth album, 2002’s Velocity Of Sound, was a notably more rock-orientated recording, but proved to be the band’s last for spinART. They subsequently signed a new recording contract with actor Elijah Wood’s label, Simian Records.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.