Jim, Eric, and Matthew, the founding and core (get it?) members of the apple zed, first joined forces at the illustrious Oberlin Conservatory of Music. After graduating and geographically dispersing, the three collaborated on The Fruits Of Their Labours, a concept album reflecting their shared appreciation for a wide variety of musical juggernauts (e.g., Porcupine Tree, Opeth, Rush, Dream Theater, Pink Floyd, etc.). The three have since joined forces with Jack and James, two thunderous guitarists, and their sophomoric effort is currently in the works.
October 7, 2016Our wheels are once again in motion, and you can expect some most excellent things coming your way soon from your friendly neighborhood popgressive rock band. Until then: find a record/cassette/CD/8-t...
January 20, 2015Hello, all. We’re proud to announce that we, the apple zed, have now proudly joined the 20th century. Find us at iTunes!
January 5, 2015If you’re not sure what this whole album thing is about, or want a quick way to explain its excellence to your friends, this trailer should prove helpful.
from The Fruits Of Their Labours :
Jack Beard (guitar/vocals) has been a staple of the D.C. music scene for over ten years, sharing the stage with countless national bands along the way. His rock and metal roots (citing diverse influence spanning from Porcupine Tree and Rush to Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden) sets him apart stylistically from fellow guitarist James, as each of them fill a unique niche within the band. Previously a gear minimalist, Jack now employs a “NASA-approved” pedalboard and gear setup which encompasses a hybrid of vintage and modern gear to help create a sonic foundation for the band to build songs upon.
James Madar (guitar/vocals) has previously performed as a rhythm guitarist and vocalist in a Pink Floyd tribute band, thereby lending the apple zed a slight hint of respectability. His influences within the framework of the group draw from both classic progressive rock (including Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel-era Genesis, and Rush) and more contemporary acts (including The Antlers, Porcupine Tree, and Airbag). James enjoys creating ambient soundscapes, and has way too many pedals on his pedalboard.
Jim Mattingly (drums/vocals) is a world traveler, a martial artist, a flying trapeze acrobat, a fire dancer, a fiction writer, a political philosopher, a game designer, a street poet, a social justice activist, a chef, an architect, a storyteller, a diver, and a programmer. He also plays music.
Eric Michaels (vocals/bass/guitar) definitely has more cats than your average multi-instrumentalist/conservatory-trained composer/award-winning aerial rope artist.
By the time he was three and a half months old, Matthew Scarborough (vocals/keyboards) had already taken first place in over three hundred international piano competitions with his original composition entitled London Derriere (1986), the premiere of which was attended by God Himself. Scarborough also shortly thereafter proved to be a gifted singer; for the debut of his Bend Overture (1988), he sang the soprano, alto, tenor, and bass parts simultaneously. In his copious spare time, Scarborough enjoys reinventing sonata forms and building harpsichords for underprivileged children.