The Appalachians
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The Appalachians

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2009 | SELF

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2009
Band Rock Garage Rock


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"Indie rock band with local ties releases full-length album"

WAUKESHA - Adam Sutkiewicz, a 2007 Catholic Memorial High School graduate and vocalist and guitarist of Indie rock band The Appalachians, said the self-titled release of the trio’s new full-length record has received plenty of local and national interest.

“It’s been great and very exciting,” he said of the band’s success. “It’s even more rewarding knowing how our band members came out of Waukesha, which has a rich history and ties to music with Les Paul,” he said in a telephone interview with TimeOut on Monday.

Sutkiewicz describes the band’s music as raw and stripped down, picking up notes of 1990s grunge bands and even some of The Beatles.

“We have a very unique sound,” he said. “We don’t rely on expensive studio equipment or tricks with our music. What you hear is what you get, no matter where we are playing.”

Ryan Claxtion, drummer of the band and a Fond du Lac native, said he’s bounced around many bands throughout the years, experimenting with different genres and styles before finding his place with The Appalachians.

“This style of music was not something I was used to and took me out of my comfort zone,” he said. “The more I experimented and played, the more I fell in love with this type of music.”

Claxtion said although the band has a strong following in southeastern Wisconsin, they are trying to break through in different cities. Their current tour includes stops in Chicago, Cincinnati and Indianapolis.

“Like so many things, sometimes it’s more about the connections you meet along the way, and the music scene is no different,” he said. “It’s been difficult to plan and get people to follow through, but overall the experience has been amazing. We’ve met a lot of people and have done a lot of networking for the band.”

Claxtion said the band’s sound is loud and very raw. And unlike other bands he’s performed in, all of the members are passionate about music.

“We have a certain stage presence,” he said. “Even if you don’t like this style of music, I can guarantee if you come to one of our shows, you’ll know we are having fun and are loving what we do. We are all so dedicated.”

Sutkiewicz said he attributes part of the band’s success to the appreciation for what the other members bring to the table. The group also includes Waukesha native and bass guitarist Adam Plew.

“There is nowhere else we would rather be,” he said. “Sometimes it’s nice to step back and really appreciate the talents that each of us brings to the table.”

The band plans a CD release party for Sept. 20 at Shank Hall in Milwaukee, a feat all members are proud of.

“It’s really nice to get back to your roots,” Sutkiewicz said. “We have always had a strong following and reception in this area.”

As far as the future, Sutkiewicz says the group will keep its approach the same.

“Our future is pretty much where the wind takes us,” he said. “I try not to look too far ahead. Usually with us, one thing turns into another and than another. So far, it’s been a good ride.”

For more information about the band, visit - TimeOut Magazine

"The Appalachians: Band Moves Mountains And Fans"

"88.9 Radio Milwaukee says The Appalachians are “easily the most original outfit coming out of Milwaukee right now.” Anyone who saw the band perform on April 20 at Club Garibaldi in Milwaukee would agree. Full of musical skills and an innovative sound, The Appalachians deliver something different and unexpected. Whether you’re a current fan of this new band or have virgin ears to their music, it’s easy to appreciate what this talented trio has to offer." - Alverno Alpha

""The Appalachians set to make noise at Summerfest""

From a couple of guys "making a bunch of noise" in a Town of Mukwonago garage to two performances at the "world's largest music festival" this year - not bad for a bunch of guys "keeping it fun." - Living Lake Country

""Easily the most original outfit coming out of Milwaukee right now.""

Saw them a few weeks ago at G Daddy's BBC and they were the highlight of the evening. Easily the most original outfit coming out of Milwaukee right now. - Anonymous

""Stay Awhile With The Appalachians""

“Stay” by The Appalachians is the type of track that has retro subtleties with a modern punch. It shifts back and forth between delicate verses and a powerful and forceful chorus. And while most songs with contradicting sounds struggle to find the balance between the two, The Appalachians have hit their stride making it appear seamless

The driving guitar melody which remains throughout the entirety of “Stay,” the glue of the track if you will, has remnants of The Lovin’ Spoonful’s “You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice.” And it also has that same quietness and fragility.

But once the chorus crashes, like a musical tidal wave, the tune takes a commanding turn reminiscent of Stroke9’s “Little Black Backpack.” It’s loud and brash, the vocals hazier and harsher, making it a surefire attention grabber. What might come off as a lo-fi sleeper song suddenly wakes up and alerts listeners that “Stay” has something to say.

The chorus, with its brazen attitude also matches the urgency and desperation of the lyrics “I want you to stay/I need you right now.” Much credit goes to lead singer Adam Sutkiewicz who weaves in and out of softness and imposing sound with complete ease.

While it would easy to dismiss “Stay” as just another indie rock song, it’s small retro elements draws attention to the fact that when all is said and done The Appalachians, whether intentional or not, have the ability to draw on the past to create a modern work of art. - Today's Retro


'Long Wait, Slow Lines' Released April, 2011
'The Appalachians' Released August, 2014



In 2012, The Appalachians embarked on a regional tour promoting their successful EP 'Long Wait, Slow Lines' which garnered the group onto the national stage performing multiple sets at Milwaukee's Summerfest, as well as an opening slot for Wisconsin superstars 'Phox'. Now, Brew City's fiercest garage-rockers have returned in full-force with their first full-length self-titled album 'The Appalachians' (released August 5th, 2014). 

Filled with fuzzy guitar riffs, tight snare hits, and thumping bass lines, these 90's revivalists revisit Rock N' Roll's past in a straight-forward, minimalist fashion. While modernly charming-'The Appalachians' is a nostalgic remembrance offering its gratitude to the moon-lit clubs, and beer-soaked stages the band has become acquainted with over the years. This sophomoric effort also marks the debut for bassist Adam Plew, who joined the group in 2012. 'The Appalachians' offers 11 tracks pumping with adrenaline designed to assault your soul, but surely an enjoyable beating to take.

Please visit The Appalachians website for more news and show updates.


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