The band has its roots in brotherhood—Campbell and Andrew Scarborough grew up in New York in what Campbell describes as a creative household. The brothers honed their skills at various venues in the five boroughs. In 2008, the Black Apples found themselves living together in Fort Collins, Colorado where they began to define their own brand of music, selling out local venues and gaining a loyal local following. Over the summer of 2009, they gathered the band in a rural, lakeside barn to record their self-titled EP as homage to the mountains. Continuing west to Los Angeles, the Black Apples began a grueling stint of playing every venue or party in the Southern California area, often a show every day of the week (including 2am guerrilla shows in Tijuana).
The brothers continue to draw on their influences, familial and otherwise, to create infectious music laced with what they call “Psychedelic Motown Surf.” It’s accessible yet demanding, strangely catchy and growing in popularity. As the dust settles amid broken guitars, line-up changes, marathon recording sessions, blown out amps and sold out venues, the Black Apples look toward a broad horizon. Their debut self-titled album is available now on iTunes and is also scheduled for release as a limited-edition vinyl. Plans for the future include more writing, recording, releases and, as always, shows. The Black Apples are just getting started.