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LVL UP announce Sub Pop debut, Return to Love, share “Pain” — listen

Plus, the New York outfit will tour the US this fall

    Photo by Shawn Brackbill

    As I mentioned in a write-up of their sophomore album, Hoodwink’d, New York’s LVL UP are experts in reworking ’90s-sounding indie rock gems for the modern age, “channeling both the rock brawn and playful charm of Pavement, Built To Spill, and Weezer.” For their upcoming third LP and Sub Pop Records debut, Return to Love, they continue to mine that same territory.

    The 10-track collection was produced by Mike Ditrio, who’s worked on all of LVL UP’s previous albums, and is being previewed this week with “Pain”. Jaunty, winding guitars align with faded vocals that ache, “When you sleep do you dream of him?” The song has much in common with Built to Spill’s earlier work, such as 1994’s There’s Nothing Wrong With Love, which, coincidentally enough, was reissued by Sub Pop just last year.

    Stream “Pain” up above; find the LP artwork and tracklist below.

    Return to Love Artwork:

    LVL UP - Return to Love _ Album Art

    Return to Love Tracklist:
    01. Hidden Driver
    02. Blur
    03. She Sustains Us
    04. Spirit Was
    05. Pain
    06. The Closing Door
    07. Five Men on the Ridge
    08. Cut from the Vine
    09. I
    10. Naked in the River with the Creator

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    Additionally, LVL UP will hit take their new record on the road for a US fall tour.

    LVL 2016 Tour Dates:
    09/09 – Richmond, VA @ Gallery 5
    09/10 – Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Festival
    09/11 – Washington, DC @ DC9
    09/20 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott
    09/21 – Montreal, QC @ Pop Montreal
    09/22 – Burlington, VT @ Arts Riot
    09/23 – Durham, NH @ University of New Hampshire
    09/24 – New York, NY @ Market Hotel
    09/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Philamoca
    09/28 – New Haven, CT @ Bar
    09/29 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
    09/30 – Kingston, NY @ BSP
    10/16 – Olympia, WA @ Track House
    10/17 – Seattle, WA @ The Black Lodge
    10/18 – Portland, OR @ Analog Cafe
    10/20 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
    10/21 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
    10/22 – Pomona, CA @ VLHS
    10/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex
    10/29 – Gambier, OH @ Kenyon College
    10/30 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar
    11/01 – Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
    11/02 – Birmingham, AL @ The Syndicate Lounge
    11/03 – New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
    11/06 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links
    11/09 – Omaha, NE @ Milk Run
    11/10 – Madison, WI @ The Frequency
    11/11 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
    11/12 – Lansing, MI @ The Blind Pig

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