levitation room
levitation room

levitation room

About levitation room

Formed around the bandmembers' mutual love of '60s garage rock played with a psychedelic twist, Levitation Room initially sought to re-create the sounds they love and their debut album, Ethos, is a note-perfect, lo-fi, and fuzz pedal-driven homage to the era. By the time of their second album, 2019's Headspace, they expanded their range to incorporate heavier guitar sounds, mellower melodies, R&B swagger, and fuller arrangements.

The band was formed in Los Angeles, California in 2012 by longtime friends Julian Porte and Gabriel Fernandez. The two had previously played together in a punk band called the Hits; after they broke up, Porte focused on his interest in folk music, but in time he was eager to start a new band. He posted a message on a social media page asking if anyone was interested in starting a band and Fernandez promptly responded. They began exchanging notes on their shared interest in psychedelic garage rock and soon formed Levitation Room. Porte became lead singer and guitarist, while Fernandez played lead guitar and sang backups. Porte discovered drummer Johnathan Martin when he borrowed a harmonica from him at a party, and with the addition of Jonathan Thiemens on bass and vocals, the group's lineup was complete. After making the rounds as a live act and gaining the endorsement of local psych label Lollipop Records, Levitation Room self-released their first demo in March 2013 (it was later reissued by Lollipop). Their first proper EP, Minds of Our Own, was released in January 2015 on cassette by Burger Records. By this time, Levitation Room were playing regularly in Los Angeles and touring the west coast, and were also the proprietors of Everydaze Music, a music store and vintage clothing boutique that also served as the group's rehearsal space and base of operations. Their first full-length album, Ethos, was produced by Glenn Brigman of fellow psychedelic travelers Triptides and released by Burger Records in early 2016. The album sounded like it could have been released in either 1967 or 1985 at the height of that decade's garage rock revival. Their next album was also produced by Brigman, who served double-duty as the band's keyboardist and featured new bassist Chris Mercado. The band strayed a bit from the reverent garage psych of their debut to introduce soul, R&B, and heavier rock elements. Headspace was released on Greenway Records in October of 2019. ~ Mark Deming

    Los Angeles, CA

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