The Appleseed Cast Play Low Level Owl Live
I am convinced that The Appleseed Cast are actually magicians. Anyone who witnessed their spectacle of a show at Lee’s Palace in Toronto would probably agree with this statement. The venue was a bit empty, considering how long the band has been around, and how important they are, but the audience hardly matters to the individual, at a show like this. No, I was not on drugs, but when Low Level Owl is played in its entirety, before you, it can really take you places.
The opening band, Dreamend, was a bit too similar to Appleseed, to be playing with them. I mean, I get that a band should play with other bands they share qualities with, and that these two bands happen to be label mates, but the similarities are a bit too striking for one not to complain. Though they sounded fine on record, the vocals were not only atrocious live, but simply unfitting for their sound. Nonetheless, Dreamend finished up their set quite nicely, with a lengthier, instrumental track. Perhaps, Ryan Graveface was just having an off day – they all seemed like gentlemen, so here’s to better days for their career.
But to get back to “the mighty Cast”, as Graveface so correctly put it, they tore through a set of their atmospheric indie rock, shortly after the latter band finished up. From the stunning transition of “The Waking of Pertelotte” to “On Reflection” and the breathtaking bridge of “Steps and Numbers”, there wasn’t a moment the band allowed one to lose focus from their performance. I couldn’t tell if my breaths were getting shorter, because the feedback was churning in my body, or because the end of “View of a Burning City”, lingered so closely. Thankfully, after a short intermission, they came back with the reprise of “View of a Burning City”, and steadily played their way through their second volume. It felt more like they whisked through it, at this point in the epic work, but this is because Low Level Owl’s second volume is considerably more climax-driven than its predecessor. Even with the shortening of the album’s interludes, they build so formidably to the second volume, that it truly brings one to another state of consciousness, thus supplying this “rushing” effect.
I picked up a beautiful, triple LP of Low Level Owl Vols. I & II on limited edition color vinyl, and they had End of the Rings Wars, Two Conversations, Sagarmatha, and an Old Canes record, Feral Harmonic, there as well. For those who have yet to see this gig in their city, don’t hesitate for a second.