The Appleseed Cast is an American rock band, based out of Lawrence, Kansas, with 20 years of recording and touring. The band was founded in the early days of “emo” by singer/guitarist, Christopher Crisci, and guitarist, Aaron Pillar, and quickly grew to fame. The Appleseed Cast has steadily evolved over the release of 8 full-length albums with Crisci at the songwriting helm, changing lineups but never breaking up, continuing to hone the TAC sound. The band’s current lineup includes Crisci, Taylor Holenbeck and Nathan Wilder, and touring musicians, Ben Kimball and Nick Fredrickson, among others.
TAC’s predominantly guitar-based music has morphed from an early "emo" sound with an ethereal, yet punk sensibility, sharing context with such acts as Mineral, Braid and Sunny Day Real Estate, to a unique “post-rock” meets “indie” sound hinging on inventive, intricate drumming, sometimes subtle guitar arpeggios, and crowd-loving vocals, peaking with orchestrated cacophonies of instrumentation and a vast range of effects. Major acclaim first came in the early 2000s and earned them a 9.0 from Pitchfork for their seminal album set Low Level Owl, Vol I and Vol II. The band has enjoyed continued high praise for their work on Two Conversations, Peregrine, Illumination Ritual, and others. Since the band's beginning in 1996, Crisci's unique style as a songwriter has created the highly revered and unique "Appleseed" sound, which has remained relevant and strangely timeless through its evolution, allowing the band to continue on, while others that came up at the same time have come and gone.