new music: LVLS

This year I seemed to have featured so many acts from Manchester on my blog but with such clear talent and brilliant music coming out of that city I’m all for putting as many Mancunian acts on here as I can. This week, I’m going to be focusing on five piece LVLS [pronounced Love Less] and their great sound that they describe as “Indie Pop Rock Goth”

With influences that range from the 70’s to the 90’s and from stadium rock to pop acts, they certainly have all bases covered to produce some great tracks. That’s exactly what they have done with their debut EP ‘2 For Joy’ which was released in July last year and their follow up ‘Teenagers’ EP released this January.

‘Echoes’ [above] is from the ‘Teenagers’ EP and it does have a clear 80’s throwback sound running throughout its echoey drums, fuzzy riff and great synth line even the vocals have a slight nostalgic feel to them. While the verses are calmer with more drawn out sounds, the choruses see plenty of layers of sounds, quicker drums and fast guitar giving it a rock edge and a big feel.

They have recently released their 3rd EP ‘R.I.P Joey Fritz’ which features four new tracks that sees LVLS sound progress even further. From ‘W.S.C.B.F’ and its catchy melodies from the off, a strong bass line and deeper, almost sighing vocals which are juxtaposed against a sing song female voice and sparkly electronics in the chorus, it has a real feel of The Cure and Tears for Fears to it. Through to the Half Moon mix of ‘Echoes’ which is a calm and stark track with lyrics that tell a sad tale backed up by very faint strummed guitar while previous track ‘Joey Fritz & The Half Moon Boyz Lost Hit of 1986’ features a deep chugging bass line, a steady rhythm, lethargic vocals and atmospheric synths, yet again lacing this with a throwback edge.

The band may only have formed last Spring, after meeting at a funeral, but already in the past few months they have caught the attention of the likes of 6Music and have appeared on the BBC Introducing Mixtape last August. With steady releases and constantly making themselves present on the live scene of Manchester and further afield, things are only set to get even bigger and better for LVLS it seems.

You can download all 3 of their EP’s to date from their Bandcamp page, all the EP’s are priced at £3 so are super cheap and are more than worth your money.

Check out the excellent ‘W.S.C.B.F’ below:

To find out more about LVLS visit their website, their Facebook page, their Soundcloud page or you can follow them on Twitter – @wearelvls

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