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REVIEW: LVL UP - Pain

REVIEW: LVL UP - “Pain”

By: Jess Sanchez
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A review of the LVL UP song “Pain.”

 

When somebody hurts the person you love, whether it be in the moment, or in the past, your natural response is usually murderous (or something less extreme perhaps). One might often entertain violent thoughts about the perpetrator and more often than not, imagine themselves singing a revenge song at that person, embarrassing them in front of an entire crowd. Don't pretend you've never had those thoughts!

 

Indie band LVL UP, a quartette from New York, are gearing up to release their third album this September, and their first single "Pain" is a scathing diatribe against someone who has hurt a loved one. The song camouflages itself so well at first I was afraid that this juicy and satisfying revenge song was just another acoustic guitar driven Indie song, but I was happily wrong.

 

A meandering electric guitar solo winds its way through the song, foreshadowing something... while gentle acoustic strumming highlights a cool bass line, crisp drumming, and your standard pleasant sounding vocal harmony. The quirky melody masks the emotion of the lyrics and the contrast almost doesn't make sense - wouldn't you think a song of this nature might be a little heavier?

 

LVL UP's guitarist/vocalist Mike Caridi begins repeating the line "I hope you grow old and never find love" giving Pain a head start to slowly amp up. The music gets heavier, and fleshes out into a very satisfying electric crescendo that lasts for almost half the entire track, replacing vocals with a very angry guitar. It's a brilliant ending to the song and the best part, because by this point you've probably identified someone in your own life that you'd love to sing this to and the emotion the song rides out on compliments it perfectly.

 

LVL UP - “Pain”


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