J Mascis spent his most creative years working with a man, Lou Barlow, for whom he’s rarely found a good word. It must be weird then to be in such a chummy band as Sweet Apple. They formed, apparently, to cheer vocalist John Petkovic up after his mum died and you can hear the just-four-guys-jamming-in-a-garage vibe even at their most emotional. There are moments, like the echoey, spacious ‘Dead Moon’, when things get eerie and alienated but more often they’re down-to-earth and bluesy, like they’ll stop playing when the beers arrive. Petkovic’s vocals have a raw, rough edge and, on the drums, J Mascis sounds like he’s enjoying himself at last.
In a new interview with Wondering Sound, the Blink-182 man opens up about those crucial years of the band, adding that their label would "make it look like we really were some kind of erotic boy band or some shit".