They look like nice people.
Dave Benton and Mike Caridi formed LVL UP while attending school at SUNY Purchase in late 2010. The project was intended to be a creative outlet for lofi pop songs with lots of guitar solos and an emphasis on brevity. After recording a few demos and garnering a positive response, LVL UP became a full band with the additions of Ben Smith, Nick Corbo and Greg Rutkin. October 2011 saw the release of LVL UPâ€™s debut full length Space Brothers on cassette, followed by a vinyl release in February 2012 on Evil Weevil Records. The lofi pop record received modest attention, exciting a small but dedicated fan base in the northeast United States.
Later in 2012, guitarist Ben Smith left LVL UP to pursue his undergrad degree in New Jersey, continuing to write and record music on his own. Moving on as a four-piece band, LVL UP recorded six new songs in Port Chester, NY. After hours of crushing tape with their best bud Greg Hartunian, LVL UP is ready to present their forthcoming Extra Worlds 7â€, out April 6th via Double Double Whammy. Mixed by Mike Ditrio and mastered by Carl Saff, the record presents a dynamic and experimental pop sound similar to Guided by Voices and Superchunk.
LVL UP has shared bills with bands such as Real Estate, Beach Fossils, Japanther, The Babies, Bomb the Music Industry, Joyce Manor, Hop Along, and Lemuria.