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I looked no thead.The album was a bit spotty but "Smile" & "Bedlam" are classic prog rock.Were they ahead of their time or 20 years too late?

evan chronister (evan chronister), Thursday, 23 February 2006 17:42 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Well, they were no Republic Of Heaven, that's for damn sure.

Edward III (edward iii), Thursday, 23 February 2006 17:44 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Well, they were no Republic Of Heaven, that's for damn sure.
Edward III (ehonauer@gmail.com), February 23rd, 2006

Thank you for making my day a little brighter.

evan chronister (evan chronister), Thursday, 23 February 2006 17:47 (eleven years ago) Permalink


Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 23 February 2006 18:18 (eleven years ago) Permalink

damn fine band.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Friday, 24 February 2006 02:05 (eleven years ago) Permalink

oh dear, they were dreadful through and through. i suppose the guitars were impressive on their own but the records were completely unlistenable. i always thought they served as proof that guy chadwick was the only one that mattered in the house of love.

keyth (keyth), Friday, 24 February 2006 03:15 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i think i disagreed and possibly argued with keyth about this ten years ago but now i have to agree.

fortunate hazel (f. hazel), Friday, 24 February 2006 06:41 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Save for "Squirrel," a complete and utter dud.

hector savage, Saturday, 25 February 2006 13:35 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I like 'em just fine but I barely listen to them.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 25 February 2006 14:10 (eleven years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

Seriously, is this the only Levitation thread on ILM!? I could swear I've ranted here on them before.

Just giving "Need for Not" a dust off. Its a fine album - possibly ahead of its time in the sense they did the prog thing about 10 years before everyone else (*coff* muse *coff*) copped it.

Love this album.

demiurge overkill (Trayce), Wednesday, 19 May 2010 11:55 (seven years ago) Permalink

It's a good album, especially 'Resist'. Not so much prog as complex psych-pop. Also very good mates with a certain band I don't have to name.

coalition to me (acoleuthic), Wednesday, 19 May 2010 12:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

Levitation made an awful lot more sense when you stared directly into their mad eyes from four foot away on stage at King Tuts or similar, like I seemed to find myself doing a lot in the early nineties.

Gazing *cough* backwards through rose coloured granny glasses, I can honestly say that they tore shit up in a live setting and in a strangely unique fashion like very few bands I've seen before or since.

double shyamalan (MaresNest), Wednesday, 19 May 2010 13:12 (seven years ago) Permalink

im pretty sure i commented on levitation before too.

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Wednesday, 19 May 2010 13:13 (seven years ago) Permalink

Truly weird, because last sunday I listened to them for the first time in one million years.
Oh, the memories - Trayce is right, what really amazed me was how much some of their songs seems to predate Porcupine Tree (who are huge here in Italy).

Marco Damiani, Wednesday, 19 May 2010 13:40 (seven years ago) Permalink

I listened to "Even When Your Eyes Are Open" earlier this week (and flirted with the notion of selling my Dark Star CD, but recanted).

Alex in NYC, Wednesday, 19 May 2010 14:17 (seven years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Was alerted to these by a friend, nobody probably gives a shit but what the hay.


MaresNest, Monday, 24 December 2012 01:48 (five years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Bickers is far more visceral and energetic than Shields; and i get far more pleasure from his brand of chaos -- the critics are completely wrong.

"Loveless" is noise; "World Around" is sound.

suspecterrain, Tuesday, 19 February 2013 07:40 (four years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

The original version of Meanwhile Gardens is finally getting a proper release along with some of the other material from that period.


MaresNest, Monday, 2 March 2015 09:19 (two years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

got dragged to a gig last night that turned out to be the band ZOFFF, which is normally christian hayes plus three other guys playing very can-ish improvised heavy psych, except last night they were joined on stage by terry bickers as well. really excellent, expansive set, actually i enjoyed it way more than any levitation i've ever heard - worth seeing if you get the chance.

plp will eat itself (NickB), Monday, 4 September 2017 10:00 (four months ago) Permalink

nice, ty for the heads-up

don't get the feeling christian strays far from brighton though?

imago, Monday, 4 September 2017 10:36 (four months ago) Permalink

think they've played the odd london show and they're on the bill for the liverpool psych fest this month too. but yes, mostly brighton stuff by the looks of it

jo spratley also briefly guested with them last night btw, was just vocals for about 2 minutes though

plp will eat itself (NickB), Monday, 4 September 2017 11:13 (four months ago) Permalink

should say they have records that the whole world can enjoy:


plp will eat itself (NickB), Monday, 4 September 2017 11:30 (four months ago) Permalink

seems to be lots of overlap with the spratleys japs band, cf damo waters involvement

imago, Monday, 4 September 2017 11:43 (four months ago) Permalink

that's the drummer right? he was pretty great, seemed like him that was really driving the music

plp will eat itself (NickB), Monday, 4 September 2017 11:53 (four months ago) Permalink

if damo waters is in zofff then zofff is worth seeing

imago, Monday, 4 September 2017 11:56 (four months ago) Permalink

and yeah he is basically the all-purpose drum mensch of the south coast

imago, Monday, 4 September 2017 12:06 (four months ago) Permalink

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