Stream Porches./LVL UP Split 7″ (Stereogum Premiere)

We have already heard Porches.’ “Townie Blunt Guts” and LVL Up’s “Cross The Sea” off of their collaborative 7″, but along with those we’ve now got the release’s other two tracks streaming below.

Porches. released their Exploding in Sound debut Slow Dance In The Cosmos earlier this year. “Strapping Young Weirdos” is the most bummed-out I’ve heard frontman Aaron Maine since 2011’s self-released Scrap And Love Songs Revisited, but his acoustic-backed melodies aren’t too melancholic thanks the remarkable stop-and-start propulsion of his voice. There is something eerily seductive about Maine’s unvarnished timbre that makes lyrics about hearses and heartache unconventionally beautiful.

LVL UP’s “Bad Blood” picks up where the riff-driven “Cross The Sea” left off, with a floor-stomping progression and lyrics that beg for a sing-along. LVL UP’s songs are notoriously short, but they manage to fit a remarkable amount of instrumental variation and joint harmonies into the barely two and a half minute long track. When Miles wrote about “Cross The Sea,” he gave LVL UP a much-deserved Pinkerton comparison, and “Bad Blood” holds up to it.

Stream the EP and check out LVL UP and Porches. tour dates below.

11/29 Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium w/ Liam the Younger, Heeney
12/05 Brooklyn, NY @ Big Snow Benefit w/ Porches, Krill, Baked, Lost Boy?, Bueno
01/02 Pittsburgh PA @ The Smiling Moose w/ Adventures *
01/03 TBA *
01/04 Chicago IL @ The Beat Kitchen w/ Modern Baseball & The Hundred Acre Wood *
01/05 Grand Rapids MI @ The Pyramid Scheme *
01/06 Colubmus OH @ KOBO
01/07 Nashville, TN @ Hi Watt ^
01/08 Chattanooga, TN @ JJ Bohemias ^
01/09 Athens, GA @ Caledonia Lounge ^
01/10 Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight ^
01/11 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter ^
01/12 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 ^
01/14 Washington, DC @ The Black Cat ^
01/15 Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live (Upstairs) ^
01/16 Boston, MA @ Great Scott ^
01/17 Hamden, CT @ The Space ^
01/18 Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right ^
* w/ Pity Sex & Self Defense Family
^ w/ Saintseneca

11/22 Cambridge, MA @ TT The Bears w/ Krill, Pile, Summer People
11/23 Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium w/ SIRS, Shark? & Radical Dads
11/24 Philadelphia, PA @ Golden Tea House w/ SIRS, Glocca Morra & Idiot Kid
12/05 Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium w/ Krill, Baked, Bueno, Lost Boy ?, and LVL UP
12/30 Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right (EIS Records + Friends New Year’s Eve Eve Party)
01/10 Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn w/ My Dad, Gunk, & Flagland
01/11 Philadelphia, PA @ Golden Tea House w/ My Dad, Gunk, Kite Party, Vietnam

The split 7″ will be released 11/26 via Birdtapes/Double Double Whammy Records.

Tags: LVL UP, Porches.