Hello and welcome to Discovery Corner on BTR! This week we are chatting with Levees and debuting their EP!
Transported from the swamps of New Orleans to the deserts of San Antonio, brothers Kyle and Kody Anderson have been creating geographically inspired sounds since their childhood. Their most recent band, Levees, combines the celebrated blues of Louisiana with the southwestern spirit of Texas, leaving listeners with music that calls to mind a mix between the White Stripes and The Doors.
Although the Anderson brothers did not set out to write blues inspired sounds, the profound culture of the Big Easy found its way into their art through an inherent osmosis. The two spent most of their lives surrounded by vibrant and festive musicians, and their influence certainly surfaces in the few Levees’ tracks released thus far.
“Speaking to geography in general, where you are in a place and space and time has some kind of effect on your psyche and unconscious mind,” Kody tells BTR. “I think that’s where our New Orleans influence is. We didn’t intend on playing this kind of bluesy sound, but I think it has worked its way into our bones.”
With that being said, the Andersons have also managed to pull insights from the heritage of their most recent San Antonio residence.
“The culture of San Antonio isn’t one that slaps you in the face when you first arrive here, but as you get more and more immersed in it, it gets more and more intense,” Kody shares. “I definitely think that the San Antonio culture and Southwest desert feel is really starting to manifest in our writing.”
Photo courtesy of Levees
Levees have recently released their debut self-titled EP, a collection of four songs written over an extended period to time. The band fully came together one year ago when the brothers found a bassist and drummer to round out their sound, but Kyle and Kody set out to work on these songs nearly two years prior. For the first time in their experience as musicians, these premiere tracks represent a wholeness that lacked in their other projects.
Photo courtesy of Levees
The four tracks Levees have chosen to release truly emphasize their diligence and persistence to keep at their craft. These songs initially developed in a spontaneous way and then grew from thoughtfulness and precision. To nobody’s surprise, the Andersons called upon their musical mentor for to get their bearings in order.
“I heard something a long time ago that Jim Morrison and The Doors would riff on a part or a verse until Jim would just kind of spout out these lyrics,” says Kody. “Whatever came to his mind, they’d take what was useable and create a coherent verse out if it. So we took that and ran with it.”
After a long affair, Levees have finally finished running and they have reached the finish line with a batch of songs that take hold of your heart and inspire it into ecstasy, just as they hoped they would.
But enough words, have a listen for yourself!
And don’t forget to check out the Discovery Artist feature on Levees!
0:00 Introducing Levees
2:08 Your Spell – Levees
5:43 In White – Levees
9:27 Low – Levees
14:02 I’m Not Holy – Levees
18:19 Mic Break
18:42 Interview with Kyle and Kody Anderson
36:17 Mic Break
37:26 Your Spell – Levees
40:51 In White – Levees
44:36 Low – Levees
49:09 I’m Not Holy – Levees
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