Apples in High Def

Pitchfork to the Turf Club, we catch up with these long-standing pop producers.

Becky Lang

The Apples in Stereo flew in to the Pitchfork Music Festival just in time to throw in a set between The Dirty Projectors and The Dodos. Singing about energy and human connections with the gusto and the innocence of old-timey teenagers at a malt shop, their set was arguably the most danceable of the day.

No strangers to Minnesota, these Colorado natives don’t find our winters to be “bitter cold,” and have visited the 400 Bar and First Avenue in the past, and planned to play a set at the Turf Club right after Pitchfork.

A&E caught up with bassist Eric Allen over a slice of pizza while Les Savy Fav blasted across the field.

What’s your favorite song to play live?

“Onto Something.” It’s one of the first that I learned when I joined the band in 1995.

Have you played any other festivals?

Yeah, we played at “All Tomorrow’s Parties” in Central Park.

How is Pitchfork different from other festivals?

The caliber of the bands is higher. Usually festivals have to play to a broad base and pander to the lowest common denominator.

Any acts you’ve enjoyed here so far?

We actually just flew in.

What’s your favorite album this summer?

A re-edition of an Eddie Hazel record from 1973. It’s been hard to get, but it’s finally available. He’s the guy who Prince stole everything from.

What’s your pre-show ritual?

Usually for 15 minutes we clear away and connect with each other. We get along remarkably well considering we’ve been a band for 15 years.