Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Levelhead - The CD That Will Never Be
Here is the download: Levelhead Discography
Cory from Round Ear Spock mentioned Levelhead in a comment recently, so I thought it was high time to post their LP that was never released as well as the split 7" with Quadiliacha and the "Spooky" 7". This was a great Atlanta band of the west coast melodic punk variety (think Lookout Records), and would put on really fun shows during the mid-Nineties. They actually had a great knack for melody, and rose above the high concentration of pop-punk bands during this era. Many shows were played with Quadiliacha, with Car Vs. Driver, with tons of other bands, and then they were gone. I knew Matt Monroe the bassplayer a bit, and would see him around town every so often, but I believe he never joined another band. If I remember correctly, he was in a project or two that never got off the ground, but it's all a bit hazy right now. I do remember he was a journalism major in college, and eventually moved to the Virgin Islands, where he worked at their local paper, and basically drank every day and stared out at the ocean. For us living in non-tropical Atlanta, this seemed like heaven. Later in the band, they got a second guitarist from the Pullouts named Damien, who also started The Walt Lariat with Brian Lysne from the Midget Farmers, so everything comes full circle.
By the way, Cory has recently started a blog called Under The Muck, that posts obscure records from the Seventies onwards, covering a wide range of styles. Check it out, it has potential to be pretty interesting.
Here are some flyers posted on the Levelhead Myspace page, I vaguely remember playing the Anti-Punkzine Benefit at the Somber Reptile - was that the one where Dan and Dave Punk had mics on either side of the stage and do little pep talks while bands were setting up?
Lastly, here are the lyrics and insert from the split 7" with Quadiliacha. Unfortunately I do not have the artwork for the "Spooky" 7". Thanks also to Steve Wishart for sending me this nicely compiled discography.