Tidal Wave (The Apples EP)

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Tidal Wave 7"
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ReleasedJune 1993
RecordedFebruary–April 1993
Genre Garage rock [1]
Label Elephant 6 (E6 001)
Producer Robert Schneider
The Apples chronology
Tidal Wave 7"
Hypnotic Suggestion EP
Side Two of Tidal Wave on green vinyl. Tidal wave side two green vinyl.jpg
Side Two of Tidal Wave on green vinyl.

Tidal Wave 7" is the debut release by The Apples (later known as The Apples in Stereo). The EP, released in 1993, was the first official release under the Elephant 6 Recording Co. label.

The Apples in Stereo American psychedelic pop and indie rock band

The Apples in Stereo, styled as The Apples in stereo, are an American rock band associated with Elephant Six Collective, a group of bands also including Neutral Milk Hotel, The Olivia Tremor Control, Elf Power, Of Montreal, and Circulatory System. The band is largely a product of lead vocalist/guitarist/producer Robert Schneider, who writes the majority of the band's music and lyrics. Currently, The Apples in Stereo also includes longstanding members John Hill and Eric Allen (bass), as well as more recent members John Dufilho (drums), John Ferguson (keyboards), and Ben Phelan (keyboards/guitar/trumpet).

Extended play Musical recording longer than a single, but shorter than a full album

An extended play record, often referred to as an EP, is a musical recording that contains more tracks than a single, but is usually unqualified as an album or LP. Contemporary EPs generally contain a minimum of three tracks and maximum of six tracks, and are considered "less expensive and time-consuming" for an artist to produce than an album. An EP originally referred to specific types of vinyl records other than 78 rpm standard play (SP) and LP, but it is now applied to mid-length CDs and downloads as well.


The EP's six tracks were later re-released on 1996 compilation album Science Faire , after the release of the band's debut full-length LP Fun Trick Noisemaker .

A compilation album comprises tracks, which may be previously released or unreleased, usually from several separate recordings by either one or several performers. If by one artist, then generally the tracks were not originally intended for release together as a single work, but may be collected together as a greatest hits album or box set. If from several performers, there may be a theme, topic, time period, or genre which links the tracks, or they may have been intended for release as a single work—such as a tribute album. When the tracks are by the same recording artist, the album may be referred to as a retrospective album or an anthology.

<i>Science Faire</i> 1996 compilation album by The Apples in Stereo

Science Faire is a compilation album by indie pop Elephant 6 group The Apples in Stereo. The album consists of two EPs and various singles that were released from 1993 to 1995, leading up to the production of Fun Trick Noisemaker. All of the selections were recorded the summers of 1993 and 1994 and appear on the compilation in the order they were recorded.

<i>Fun Trick Noisemaker</i> album by The Apples in Stereo

Fun Trick Noisemaker is the debut studio album from The Apples in Stereo, recorded in a house in Los Angeles, in Robert Schneider's portable Pet Sounds Studio. The album is perhaps the most raw example of the Apples, with the rather lo-fi recording values being eclipsed somewhat by their later efforts. It is one of the band's most critically lauded albums.

800 copies of the album were pressed; 500 on green vinyl, 300 on black. 50 of the green vinyl copies were released with full color xerox covers.

The band's earliest material, it is also the most roughly recorded, produced on four-track cassette by Apples band-leader Robert Schneider. The first Elephant 6 Recording Co. catalog (Summer 1993) lists the EP as, "Dense, chiming classic pop. Layered with guitars and soaked in fuzz...." Guitarist Chris Parfitt would later describe it as "quirky lo-fi pop... with big fuzz/noise guitar atop." [2]

Robert Schneider American musician, record producer; member of The Apples in Stereo

Robert Peter Schneider is an American pop musician, music producer, and mathematician who received a PhD in mathematics from Emory University in 2018. He is the lead singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer of The Apples in Stereo and has produced albums by Neutral Milk Hotel, The Olivia Tremor Control and a number of other psychedelic and indie rock bands. Schneider co-founded The Elephant 6 Recording Company in 1991. He is also a lecturer in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Georgia.

Track listing

All tracks written by Robert Schneider except where noted.

Side One

  1. "Tidal Wave" (R. Schneider/C. Parfitt) – 2:32
  2. "Motorcar" – 3:37
  3. "Turncoat Indian" – 2:22

Side Two

  1. "Haley" – 3:47
  2. "Not The Same" (R. Schneider/C. Parfitt) – 2:52
  3. "Stop Along The Way" (J. McIntyre/R. Schneider) – 2:40



Chris Parfitt is an American guitarist who was one of the founding members of the Elephant 6 indie pop band The Apples in Stereo. Before his 1993 departure, he co-wrote the songs "Tidal Wave" and "Not the Same" with Robert Schneider and his performances appear on the band's original self-titled EP Apples.

Jim McIntyre is a musician best known as the man behind the Elephant 6 band Von Hemmling. He was also the original bassist for The Apples in Stereo before leaving in 1993. He has written or co-written many early songs for the band, including "Stop Along the Way", "Touch The Water", "To Love The Vibration Of The Bulb" and "Dots 1-2-3". He also plays bass on several tracks that appear on the debut album Fun Trick Noisemaker, as well as engineering and performing on other Apples in Stereo albums. An incarnation of Robert Schneider's Pet Sounds Studio was located at McIntyre's residence, where influential albums such as In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel were recorded.

Hilarie Sidney is a musician most famously recognized as the longtime drummer for The Apples in Stereo. She was previously married to Apples in Stereo frontman and Elephant 6 co-founder Robert Schneider. Their divorce became publicly acknowledged in 2004. She was one half of the now defunct Elephant 6 duo Secret Square and, with now-husband Per Ole Bratset, she is currently a major creative talent behind The High Water Marks.


Tidal Wave 7" was produced by Robert Schneider, recorded from December 1992 to April 1993 on a 4-track. "Haley" was culled from boombox practice tapes and overdubs. Art for the album's 12-page booklet, stickers and poster was created by Will Cullen Hart. The album was mastered at Aardvark Records in Denver, Colorado with the aid of Paul Brekus.

Multitrack recording process of mixing individual sound sources to a single recording

Multitrack recording (MTR)—also known as multitracking, double tracking, or tracking—is a method of sound recording developed in 1955 that allows for the separate recording of multiple sound sources or of sound sources recorded at different times to create a cohesive whole. Multitracking became possible in the mid-1950s when the idea of simultaneously recording different audio channels to separate discrete "tracks" on the same reel-to-reel tape was developed. A "track" was simply a different channel recorded to its own discrete area on the tape whereby their relative sequence of recorded events would be preserved, and playback would be simultaneous or synchronized.

Will Cullen Hart American musician

William "Will" Cullen Hart is an American pop musician and painter. He was a co-founder of The Elephant 6 Recording Company, as well as the rock band The Olivia Tremor Control. Following that band's breakup, Hart and several other former members regrouped to create Circulatory System.

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The Olivia Tremor Control is an American rock band that was prominent in the mid-to-late 1990s. It was, along with The Apples in Stereo and Neutral Milk Hotel, one of the three original projects of The Elephant 6 Recording Company. The band was founded by the remnants of the group Synthetic Flying Machine in 1994. The band went on hiatus in early 2000, and later reformed in 2009.

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