The recently reunited Lift to Experience played their set at Guy Garvey’s Meltdown earlier today, and by all indications, they were good… really good. Here’s a small slice of the reactions on Twitter:
A transcendent (Lift to) Experience at @meltdownfest tonight. So blissfully loud that I swear people were levitating out of their seats.— David Cox (@david_t_cox_) #
Lift to Experience displayed Disaster Area levels of loudness tonight. I may not recover.— Paul Owens (@oh_pollo) #
Lift to Experience were better than they were loud. And they were ferociously loud #MeltdownFest https://t.co/0UsVTghlzO— Nick Masters (@nickmasters) #
What a set by Lift to Experience at Royal Festival Hall. That was nuts, if nuts is the best thing this year. Wow #MeltdownFest— Alex Reid (@alexreid1964) #
Lift to Experience tonight at #MeltdownFest was everything you wanted it to be. https://t.co/84zgh8QSvB— Douglas Cowie (@DouglasCowie) #
By golly Lift To Experience were sensational. JTP ❤️ https://t.co/efmBM55aWM— The Disaster (@cyclodunc) #
Lift to Experience. I'm floored. Unbelievable. #meltdown https://t.co/suj5gErcly— Kerry William Purcell (@Kerrypurcell) #
Indeed, if this short clip is any indication, it was well nigh a religious experience (npi).
Lift to Experience #meltdown https://t.co/AYyWyC2oCa— Kerry William Purcell (@Kerrypurcell) #
Prior to playing at Meltdown, the Texas trio played several warmup shows. A few clips from those shows have popped up on YouTube, and they are magnificent.
I’m pretty sure I started tearing up around the 5:35 mark; there’s nothing else on God’s green earth quite like Josh Pearson’s guitar tones.
One of the few passages of music that will reduce me to sobs nearly every time is the final minutes of “Into the Storm” where Pearson intones “We shall be free” over a maelstrom of feedback and thunderous drumming; chalk it up to a heady mix of heavenly shoegaze psychedelia, a sense of Christian apocalypticism that I acquired as a young ‘un, and a profound yearning for that which this world cannot offer. Watching this particular performance was no different. While the sound quality wasn’t the greatest, the energy and intensity came through loud and clear — and so did the tears.
Suffice to say, I’m very jealous of those lucky souls who got to see any instance of the reformed Lift to Experience. Here’s hoping some high quality recordings of these recent shows start popping up soon.