Pioneering American band comes to Rugby

Simeon Coxe of Silver Apples. Picture: www.redyourblues.com
Simeon Coxe of Silver Apples. Picture: www.redyourblues.com

One of the USA’s most pioneering and influential bands is performing in Rugby next week.

New York psychedelic act Silver Apples play the West Indian Club in St Peter’s Road on Thursday, September 22. The band formed in 1967 as a duo featuring Dan Taylor on drums and Simeon Coxe on a homemade synthesizer consisting of an assortment of sound filters, radio parts, lab gear and second hand electronic junk. The band were part of the New York East Village scene, alongside Andy Warhol and The Velvet Underground.

Their self-titled debut album was released in 1968, and was followed by Contact in 1969, but a third album, Garden, recorded in 1970, was not officially released until 1998 after their record label folded and they disbanded.

The band influenced many acts to come, including Kraftwerk, Suicide, Depeche Mode, MGMT and Rugby’s own Spacemen 3.

In 1996, Simeon re-activated Silver Apples, recording and performing with many musician friends and admirers, including Spacemen 3’s Sonic Boom and reuniting with Danny Taylor.

But since 2005, when Danny Taylor died unexpectedly, Simeon has worked as a solo performer, with Danny’s drum sounds recreated by electronic means. A regular on the Psych Festival and touring scene, he is touring the UK to promote Clinging To A Dream, the first Silver Apples album in 19 years.

Support comes from Rugby’s The Anteloids and Spacemen 3’s Pete Bassman. The Anteloids have now released their sixth album, tilted Let Your Mind Grow Long, and Pete Bassman is releasing a new album, titled Lost In Space. DJ sets are provided by Paulo’s Hoodoo Jukebox and Pete Bassman.

Doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets are £5. Visit www.wegottickets.com to book.