Who is L.A. Witch?

L.A. Witch is an all female fronted band and we’re gonna acknowledge that fact first and foremost. Shout out to all the hard working women trying to make something of themselves. Secondly, the bands name hints at how magical their sound truly is. Whenever you give their live performance a listen in a minute, you’ll hear some 60’s rock influence mixed with a bit of western desert twang. L.A. Witch carries dark themes lyrically throughout their record that I personally enjoy with this genre of music. Their sound is dreamy and psychedelic with a dash of darkness.

Western Charm

 The band recently debuted their first self titled album in September 2017 and have been touring the United States for the past two years. It seems as if  L.A. Witch is a relatively new band with a reminiscent sound of lets just say good music. They’re quickly enchanting a large following and I don’t see them slowing down any time soon.  This is a band you’ll have to experience live in my humble opinion. Luckily, I had the opportunity to catch them at Levitation Fest 2018 because it seems like this group is always on the move playing a sold out show. Give their live performance a listen and prepare to be charmed.

 

 

“Baby in Blue Jeans” Live Performance – L.A. WITCH

“Baby in Blue Jeans” Lyrics

Baby in blue jeans, I never thought I’d be so alive
Baby in blue jeans, I never thought I’d be so alive

I’ve seen your eyes, I’ve seen your fear, and you just might die
And now [?] I’ll just never see you cry

Baby in blue jeans, I never thought I’d be so alive
Baby in blue jeans, I never thought I’d be so alive

I’ve seen your eyes, I’ve seen your fear, and you just might die
And now [?] I’ll just never see you cry

 

 

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“Hourglass” – S U R V I V E

Known in the Unknown

After being invited to Levitation Fest, I immediately checked the line-up and began to listen to all the artists I’d never heard of before. S U R V I V E (Survive) was one of the first groups I sampled and the sound was strikingly familiar! I couldn’t figure out why I felt that I’d heard their sound before until I did some research. Low and behold.. this is the same group that created the infamous “Stranger Things” theme song.

Photo by: Ansley Lee

Synthesizer Live Sounds

SURVIVE is an experimental synth band from Austin, Texas that has been making music since 2009. Their music has a dark and retro outer space age sound that you can easily identify. I personally have no idea how synthesizers work or what it takes to operate them. However while I gave SURVIVE  a listen  in preparation for this festival, I wasn’t imagining what their live set would be like. I personally just kept thinking about the experience of hearing their type of music live.  It’s interesting that with this type of electronic genre, it’s more about the experience the band or artist provides while listening. Survive could easily hit play on a sound system but that’s not what SURVIVE does.

The four men of SURVIVE performed live on stage operating their synthesizers. Their set featured a light show and psychedelic visuals that corresponded with their music. As an audience member whose never been to a synth concert, I can say it was cool to be around people who were there to listen more than watch. I tried to edit their live performance in a way I felt reflected their music as best as possible. Having the opportunity to see SURVIVE live was something I’ll never forget. If you’ve never listened to any of their music besides the Stranger Things soundtrack, please give SURVIVE a listen. “Omniverse” and “High Rise” are probably my two favorite tracks if you want to give them a try.

 

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Greensky Greenlake – Dead Meadow

 

Dead Meadow is Alive

Dead Meadow is a band that makes music under the genre of psychedelic rock. The music is inspired from blues, heavy metal, dark occult books, psychedelics, and more!  Dead Meadow was formed in 1998 and I discovered them in 2018… That’s significant proof that if music is good, it’ll never die.

The older I grow, the more I discover music I’d never thought I’d listen to. Dead Meadow is one of the first psych rock bands that turned me on to the genre. I didn’t grow up with this type of music in my household but god damn, I’m happy as hell it’s finally in my life. Dead Meadow’s music may not be something that’s played on the radio every hour but it’ll definitely make you feel what you’re listening to. The band’s sound has remained genuine, authentic, and pure to its influences since its humble beginning. Dead Meadow will make you appreciate their sound in modern times because unfortunately not many people play it anymore.

Thanks Dead Meadow for keeping the sound alive.

Live Music vs. Recorded Music

Having the opportunity to see Dead Meadow perform live at Levitation Fest 2018 was one of the greatest music experiences I’ve ever had! It felt as if I was in a garage or in someones backyard just listening to them jam. The music felt real and in this type of genre there’s room for creative spins while performing live. A guitar or drum solo can easily be added during a set to showcase a musicians talent. That’s one of my favorite aspects of music is hearing something being played live versus a recording. During a live set, you can see and hear passion while it’s being played. Hearing Dead Meadow live should be shared, experienced, and rewatched as many times as possible.

 

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“Sugar for the Pill” – Slowdive