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Upon its original release in the Spring of 1995, All Music Guide called The Apples in stereo's debut full length "one of those records that marks a sea change in musical attitudes." Fun Trick Noisemaker
facilitated such a shift by moving the focus away from the sullen negativity of the grunge era, towards a sunnier, more psychedelic vision of rock music. As one of the flagship members of the famed Elephant 6 Collective (in fact, Fun Trick Noisemaker
was the first album released from the collective), The Apples in stereo spearheaded a seismic shift in indie-rock consciousness towards a more optimistic worldview. Their recordings echoed and helped revive interest in the likes of Brian Wilson, Van Dyke Parks, Arthur Lee, Syd Barrett and even Burt Bacharach as cool names to drop in hipster circles.
Fun Trick Noisemaker
was the first full-length installment in the ongoing musical journey that has grown out of frontman Robert Schneider's infatuation with recording techniques; ranging from four-track bedroom recordings to 100-track studio experiments, to creating new musical scales and mind-controlled synthesizers. Not to mention his ongoing obsession with writing the perfect pop song, a song "that even little kids or your grandparents can sing along with," as Schneider put it at the time. That creative journey continues until this day. But more than just a starting point, Fun Trick Noisemaker
stands on its own today as a masterpiece in the indie rock canon, featuring some of the band's most loved and indelible tracks such as: "Green Machine"; "Glow Worm" and "Tidal Wave" (featuring one of the most rip roaring lead guitar lines ever put to wax.)
This special reissue incorporates all of the original artwork and liner notes, with rephotographed paintings by Steve Keene, including a four-color poster insert.