January 24, 2011 â€“ The Apples in stereo and Yep Roc Records are excited to announce the reissue of the watershed indie-rock record Fun Trick Noisemaker on vinyl on January 24. Originally released in 1995, the album has not been available on vinyl in over fifteen years. The reissue will include all of the original artwork, liner notes, rephotographed paintings by Steve Keene, and a four-color poster insert.
Upon its original release in the spring of 1995, All Music Guide called The Apples in stereoâ€™s debut full length â€œone of those records that marks a sea change in musical attitudes.â€ Fun Trick Noisemaker facilitated such a shift by moving the focus away from the 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, 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.
â€œIt was a concept album about growing up, about summertime and the end of summer vacation, sunny but bittersweet,â€ says Robert Schneider. â€œWe spent our entire recording budget on microphones, compressors and an eight-track tape machine,Â with almost no idea how they worked, thenÂ weÂ set out to createÂ a perfect hybrid of Sixties psych-pop and the lo-fi scene we identified with, a fusion ofÂ Pet Sounds,Â Piper at the Gates of DawnÂ and Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain.â€
The Apples in stereo have been a hugely influential force in indie rock for nearly 15 years. Fun Trick Noisemaker was the first full-length installment in the musical journey that has grown out of front man Robert Schneiderâ€™s infatuation with recording techniques; ranging from four-track bedroom recordings to100-track studio experiments, to creating new musical scales and mind-controlled synthesizers. 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 and features some of the band’s most loved and indelible tracks such as â€œGreen Machineâ€ and â€œTidal Wave.â€