does anyone ever really know anyone ?
No. Formed in Athens, Georgia, this collection of talented/ unemployable friends and acquaintances began playing instrumental music together under the name Applesauce Tears.
A move to Atlanta, Ga. brought a certain amount of clarity as the group took shape and began producing their brand of instrumental psychedelic, atmospheric, and cinematic soundtracks.
Though considering themselves Luddites on a digitally-maintained payroll, these sound collagist drop-outs found themselves yearning for an internet presence - thus this website and it's many links.
Their influences include bland dentist office jazz, 1970s AM gold, summer as it turns to autumn, and films with untidy endings.
Using modulated '80s synths, classic bass-snare drum beats, and hallucinogenic progressions, Applesauce Tears offers the listener a unique blend of instrumental shoegaze tinged with bursts of ambient free-form noise leading ultimately to some nicely orchestrated cinematic pieces full of lush, dreamy moments and trippy transitions. Each song a film you wish would happen.
Over the years their albums have charted nationally on college, community and independent radio across the US and Canada. Often, the band has been featured at various college radio stations as artist of the day or week to astound (or perplex!)
Some have dared (often behind closed doors) to mention Applesauce Tears in the same breath (or gasp) as Brian Eno, Boards Of Canada, and Black Moth Super Rainbow. While they sometimes flirt with early Roxy Music, they continue to be compared to Todd Rundgren's weirder moments and whether evident, a devotion to Ennio Morricone is always present.
Craig Bennett - electric guitar, various keyboards, bass and found sounds
Odette Chartier - keyboards, percussion and occasional strings
Kid Barrington - acoustic guitar, additional bass
Sondra Hoode - percussion, voice and occasional strings
M. McMick - drums and percussion
Tandy Lewis - flute, percussion and keyboard (the one with the stuck F#)
Blake Street - if and when horns appear