Levitation Room 3/18

lr13 It was strange seeing a band the size of Levitation Room headlining a show at a venue that has recently been renowned for hosting typically larger bands in the indie scene. When I first arrived to the venue my suspicions were further fueled by the emptiness of the venue, so much so that at one point we believed the Observatory in Santa Ana was closed. The “emptiness” soon became a misconstrued impression when people started to congregate for the first act of the night, Rudy De Anda. What struck me, and the other turning heads, when Rudy first uttered the first lyrics of the night was that it was in Spanish. Rudy’s sound – not by any means in an attempt to pigeonhole – aired on the side of Australian psych rocker’s Unknown Mortal Orchestra with their generous use of reverb, instrumentally and vocally. Continuing the Spanish speaking streak was Protistas, a Chilean punk-rock band who was playing their first show ever on American soil, but despite the language barrier the band’s attempts to speak to the crowd in a foreign tongue was received by a welcoming audience. Music truly transcended languages that night when the audience began to dance and jump to Protistas’ set. There was not a doubt in the room when the words “Make Love” were projected onto the screen behind the stage, accompanied by 60-esque soundtrack that Levitation Room was coming up next. Surely enough we were soon greeted by a curly haired gentleman with a harmonica attached to his acoustic guitar, and in case there was still any doubt about whether it was Levitation Room, he even went on to ask the crowd if they liked Bob Dylan. After playing a song invoking the likes of Woody Guthrie and Dylan the singer was joined by the rest of the band and just like the Constellation Room, the stage was full. The audience danced alongside psychedelic projections which coupled with Levitation Room’s 60’s inspired sound brought along a sense of nostalgia for a past that none of us in that room ever experienced. Despite Levitation Room’s obvious ode to the past, it does not mean that their music sounds “dated”, rather they’ve managed to strike this nostalgia to a time we highly romanticize but would never want to necessary live in.

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