SNEAK PEEK: White Apple Tree leads promising local indie scene

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The electronic influences of White Apple Tree’s ‘Peach Hat’ prove the ‘80s inspired more than just big hair and fannypacks. Courtesy of Luck Media & Marketing

By Matt Carter, Staff Writer

San Diego Music Award winner and KCR press darling White Apple Tree will be making an appearance at The Casbah on Friday. Readers who haven’t heard the band’s full-length “Velvet Mustache” on the college radio station may have caught an earful of its tracks on primetime dramas including “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Gossip Girl.”

The brainchild of multi-faceted maestro Ryan Lawhon, WAT is a cross section of influences ranging from ‘80s electro to more current leanings of indie and techno. Lawhon’s airy vocals tackle everything from melancholic romances to catchy youthful introspection. With a cast of varied players supporting Lawhon’s vision, the band seamlessly blends live instruments with sharp electronic hooks in a fresh fashion.

Songs such as “Broken Bones” highlight the band’s rabid following in clubs overseas and ambient ditties such as “Rakehead” push romantic predilections. Lawhon recently turned over a new leaf in songwriting with the EP “Peach Hat.” A release containing “no guitar or acoustic sounds” is an expansion of the interplay between Lawhon’s vocals with full electronics as the foundation.  But while “Peach Hat” delves further into the pliable keys and samples of Lawhon’s work ethic, it’s far from a rehash of the band’s full-length.  To see it live is a diverse pick-and-choose spectacle of keen production across genres, and even across decades of musical influences.

Also appearing at The Casbah are openers Swim Party and D/Wolves, promising to start the night with the same amount of aptness for experimentation held by the headliners.

For more information about the show, visit The Casbah’s website at

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