Adam Sutkiewicz, a 2007 Catholic Memorial High School graduate
and vocalist and guitarist of Indie rock band The
Appalachians, said the self-titled release of the trio’s new
full-length record has received plenty of local and national
been great and very exciting,” he said of the band’s
success. “It’s even more rewarding knowing how our band
members came out of Waukesha, which has a rich history and
ties to music with Les Paul,” he said in a telephone
interview with TimeOut on Monday.
describes the band’s music as raw and stripped down, picking
up notes of 1990s grunge bands and even some of The Beatles.
a very unique sound,” he said. “We don’t rely on
expensive studio equipment or tricks with our music. What you
hear is what you get, no matter where we are playing.”
Claxtion, drummer of the band and a Fond du Lac native, said
he’s bounced around many bands throughout the years,
experimenting with different genres and styles before finding
his place with The Appalachians.
style of music was not something I was used to and took me out
of my comfort zone,” he said. “The more I experimented and
played, the more I fell in love with this type of music.”
said although the band has a strong following in southeastern
Wisconsin, they are trying to break through in different
cities. Their current tour includes stops in Chicago,
Cincinnati and Indianapolis.
many things, sometimes it’s more about the connections you
meet along the way, and the music scene is no different,” he
said. “It’s been difficult to plan and get people to
follow through, but overall the experience has been amazing.
We’ve met a lot of people and have done a lot of networking
for the band.”
said the band’s sound is loud and very raw. And unlike other
bands he’s performed in, all of the members are passionate
a certain stage presence,” he said. “Even if you don’t
like this style of music, I can guarantee if you come to one
of our shows, you’ll know we are having fun and are loving
what we do. We are all so dedicated.”
said he attributes part of the band’s success to the
appreciation for what the other members bring to the table.
The group also includes Waukesha native and bass guitarist
is nowhere else we would rather be,” he said. “Sometimes
it’s nice to step back and really appreciate the talents
that each of us brings to the table.”
plans a CD release party for Sept. 20 at Shank Hall in
Milwaukee, a feat all members are proud of.
really nice to get back to your roots,” Sutkiewicz said.
“We have always had a strong following and reception in this
As far as
the future, Sutkiewicz says the group will keep its approach
future is pretty much where the wind takes us,” he said.
“I try not to look too far ahead. Usually with us, one thing
turns into another and than another. So far, it’s been a
information about the band, visit www.theappalachiansband.com/home.html.