- RELEASE DATE /12 June 2020
- CATALOG /CRT021
- LABEL /Cheersquad Records & Tapes
- FORMAT /Hot pink vinyl, black vinyl, digital
A FEW WORDS
Formed in 2009 as a band to play a one-off party for a friend, the chemistry was immediate and profound. Offered a record deal and cash to record their first album after just their second gig, THE LEVEL SPIRITS decided to take their time – it all felt too good to rush.
Before going in to record their debut album ‘Double Crosser’, THE LEVEL SPIRITS racked up over 40 shows in Melbourne and Sydney. The resulting album feels and sounds like a band who knows how to play together and like a band that knows what they want.
Mining the sounds of the 50s and 60s and melding it into a rock and roll “mixed tape” of all the members’ favourite sounds, they steadily built a solid following in their home town of Melbourne, Australia.
The band comprises indie rock veterans as well as relative “new comers”. Guitarist Julian Matthews played in the legendary Australian band ‘The Stems’, whose debut album was listed by Rolling Stone as one of Australia’s top 100 albums of all time. Mark Mansour has played with Melbourne psychobilly legends ‘Kingpin 440’ as well as playing bass for UK act Aqualung and country singer Krista Polvere. Singer Molly Jean Morrison had been running a Burlesque troupe around Australia for a couple of years and THE LEVEL SPIRITS was her first band – although you wouldn’t know it! Drummer Robert Urban has played around Melbourne in a number of bands and has done a lot of session work.
‘Double Crosser’ is 10 tracks of pure rootsy rock and roll bliss, mixed by Australian rock royalty Wayne Connolly and Rob Younger of Radio Birdman fame at Albert Studios (Easybeats, AC/DC). It shows a maturity and swing most bands take years to perfect. Sometimes dark, sometimes fun, THE LEVEL SPIRITS may just be your next favourite band.
Cheersquad Records & Tapes are honoured to be releasing ‘Double Crosser’ for the first time on vinyl; a limited edition of 100 copies on a translucent hot pink wax, so get in quick! There will be plenty of black copies of the 12” available too. Cheersquad have had a long association with THE LEVEL SPIRITS, having been the band’s management company back in the day, so it’s lovely to complete the circle.