Guitarist Matt Allen sometimes channels David Byrne in his vocals with a great deal fewer affectations than the man in the baggy suit. He also rocks fearsomely on guitar. No surprise to hear he’s a former member of seriously hard New Zealand garage rockers Slavetrader. Shaun (bass) and Dave (drums) are a nimble engine room with plenty of drive and keyboardist Grant provides some nifty texture. (He's since been replaced by a second guitarist.)

“Little Boogaloo” opens proceedings and positions Levitating Churches squarely in Rock and Roll Land with its Hellacopters-like guitar crunch and expansive bass runs. It’s bookended by the equally strong “Make Your Own Luck”. “Bo Diddley” reincarnates the man hisself and his beat that never goes out of style and wraps them both in distorted guitars.

Shimmering keys bump the guitars sideways momentarily on “You Can’t Sell Soul” and comes across as a space-rock trip. The title of “Paint It Black You Devils” might be a crib from Died Pretty circa “Using My Gills As A Roadmap” but sounds like “Their Satanic Majesties Request” spawn before building to its heavy-as-fuck denouement. “Paint It White” could be regarded as a companion piece, at least in name, and soars on the back of some killer guitarwork.

Don't expect to find Levitating Churches on CD. This one’s a limited run of 300 LPs on their own label and if you like it there’s a second black plastic platter and a 7” single to acquire. 


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