Dinosaur Jr. frontman J. MASCIS has formed a new supergroup with members of WITCH and COBRA VERDE.
Sweet Apple was inspired by former Cobra Verde star John Petkovic's desperate cross-country U.S. drive following the death of his mother.
The guitarist explains, "My mother had just died after a long, horrible illness and I’d been totally devastated by so many things, all at once. I’d lost so much weight. I couldn’t eat or sleep. All I did was smoke cigarettes, one and after another after another."
Four hundred miles from his native Cleveland, Ohio, he received a phone call from friend and Witch star Dave Sweetapple, who asked him to stop by after discovering he was near his home in Vermont.
Sweetapple recalls, "I couldn’t believe he was driving around aimlessly."
Sweetapple called Mascis in to give the struggling guitarist's life a new purpose and they started writing new material.
The band's Love & Desperation debut is scheduled for release in April (10).