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LVL UP "Space Brothers" Album Reviewed















I went to go see I Kill Giants at their second to last show ever, supposedly, and directly after they played, a quartet called LVL UP graced the stage in front of me.  I didn’t quite know what to expect, but was pretty optimistic.  I was incredibly impressed by their performance as a whole, so much so that I picked up one of their super cute and super comfy crew necks.  I’m a massive fan, and they’re all I’ve been listening to since Friday night.

Their album “Space Brothers” is an absolute masterpiece.  The transitions are smooth, and as a whole, it’s just a continuous noise that I could listen to for hours.  The songs are short and sweet, but hold so much complexity and intricacy.  “Roman Candle” starts off the debut album, and opens it on a high note.  Energetic and strong guitars welcome the well-fitting vocals and create a nearly classic punk sound.  It flows so well, and the drummer is phenomenal.

It fades flawlessly into “Alabama West”, a slower tune that gives me chills.  It’s so beautiful, and the musicianship is stunning.  The guitar reminds me vaguely of Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band’s ballads, and that’s fantastic.  However, as soon as this calming scene is set, the band jumps into the 27-second jam “Black Mass”, and it’s probably my favorite track of the whole album.  Though incredibly quick, it forces you to listen to it over and over again because it leaves you hungry for more, and hey, I’m not complaining.

“Apocalyptophobia” is another song I have to listen to on repeat.  I wish it could go on forever.  The energy of it all creates a sense of urgency that would fit so well amongst a crowd of Joyce Manor fans.  It has a punkier feel, and the band as a whole is tight and interwoven, showing off their mind-blowing talent.  It’s perfect.

LVL UP is one of the best bands I’ve seen live in a while, and I can’t wait to catch ’em again when they swing by.

Check out their bandcamp.

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