There was a time, though it may seem distant, when American underground rock ‘n’ roll was ruled by sounds now oft forgotten; the shrill screams of a Farfisa organ, the gritty punch of a hollow-body guitar, frenetic drums behind delicious bass licks, and the irresistible clashing of a tambourine. These are the echoes of garage rock: rhythm and blues on a strung out bender, gallivanting about with a dip in the hip and a mop on the top.
Thankfully this spirit has not been left entirely in the past. Candy Apple, hailing from Chico, CA, is living proof. Five members strong, Candy Apple is comprised of Scott Barwick (vocals, organ), Jake Sprecher (vocals, guitar), Katie Kelley (bass), Slee Jensen (drums), and Summer Maroste (tambourine). Guided by the power of Farfisa organ, the group summons enticing demons from the likes of The Standells, Rocky Erickson, The Count Five, and The Sonics. And with a live presence that rips across the stage, it is no feat for Candy Apple to steam the entire room in a hot minute. Candy Apple is soul to the bone, and will most assuredly be putting the devil back in your jeans.