LVL UP are breaking up. The project began at SUNY Purchase in 2011, when they released their first album, Space Brothers, and moved to Brooklyn after finishing school, where they’d go on to put out two more albums, 2014’s Hoodwink’d and 2016’s Return To Love, the latter of which was their first for Sub Pop Records. The band announced their retirement in a note today:
We have decided to retire this project. It has been an extremely rewarding journey beyond anything we could have ever realistically imagined. The band began in a college dorm room in 2011 as a lighthearted recording project. We have since been lucky enough to tour nationally and internationally over the last seven years with the support of many lovely people, and will never be able to thank our friends, families, and loved ones enough for providing such warmth throughout this experience. Our deepest gratitude goes out to every label, band, and person who’s played a role in this wild ride.
Here is our last single, “Orchard”, which we recorded early this year. As always, thank you to our eternal friend and fifth member Mike Ditrio for helping us with this and every other recording process we’ve had.
Everyone in the band will continue to support each other while we release new material through different outlets.
LVL UP will be performing live for a final stretch of time this coming fall.
Thank you for everything.
*_* Dave, Greg, Mike, Nick *_*
As they say in the note, band has shared one last song, “Orchard,” to mark the occasion, and is going on a final tour in the fall to wrap up the project. Check out the song and those dates below.
08/27 Boston, MA @ Great Scott
08/28 Montréal, QC @ Casa Del Popolo
08/29 Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
08/30 Cleveland, OH @ Mahall’s
08/31 Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
09/01 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry
09/04 Missoula, MN @ Union Ballroom
09/05 Seattle, WA @ Barboza
09/06 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
09/08 San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord
09/09 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
09/10 Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
09/13 Dallas, TX @ Three Links
09/14 Austin, TX @ Barracuda
09/16 Nashville, TN @ High Watt
09/17 Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight
09/18 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
09/19 Richmond, VA @ The Camel
09/20 Washington, DC @ DC9
09/21 Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
09/28 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
“Orchard” is out now via Sub Pop.