White Apple Tree have a hit single in Germany. The electro-rock project's track “Snowflakes” appeared this year on the soundtrack of Kokowaah, a German comedy starring and directed by Til Schweiger of Inglourious Basterds fame, and the track has been on Germany's Nielsen Media Control airplay charts since March, peaking at No. 74, according to the band's label, 37 Records. On iTunes, the song peaked at No. 10 for general sales and No. 1 for soundtrack sales. The song also appeared on the Swiss and Austrian charts.
“I don't really know what to feel,” says Ryan Marshall Lawhon, the project's 22-year-old leader. “Especially being that it's in Europe, I haven't really felt the effects of it.”
White Apple Tree gained popularity on MySpace in 2008 and have since had songs appear on TV shows like Gossip Girl.
“It's been a work in progress; it wasn't necessarily an overnight thing,” Lawhon says of the band's European success.
Their new single, “Circles,” will come out on Tuesday, May 17, and 37 Records will digitally release their new full-length album, Smooth Jaws, this summer and a longer version on CD and vinyl in September.
Keep an eye out for Hot Nerds, a new band featuring keyboardist Alia Jyawook (Tiny Telephones, Kata, Christwaves) and drummer Nathan Joyner (All Leather, Leg Lifters). Using equipment they've found in the trash or gotten from friends, they play music that Jyawook, described in an email simply as “popless.” She adds cryptically: “We like Pop-Tarts, not pop music.” They've recorded six songs to release on a 7-inch, and they'll play their debut show at Whistle Stop Bar on Thursday, May 19.
Death-metal outfit Diabolical Slaughter will play a farewell show at SOMA on Saturday, May 14. Ruines Ov Abaddon, Fury Never Fades, Perdition, Helsott and Mad World also perform.
Rockers Bangladesh will celebrate the release of their new, selftitled EP at Soda Bar on Wednesday, May 11. Warring States of Mind and Sticky Funk open.
Garage-rockers The KABBs and pop-punks The Touchies will celebrate the release of their new CDs at Whistle Stop Bar on Friday, May 13. Robin Roth and Jaime Ali will DJ.