Lever is an original grunge/pop/rock band taking influences from artists such as Nirvana, The Vines, Oasis, and Speedy Ortiz, to The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Led Zeppelin. They have had the opportunity to perform on legendary stages, from the Metro, House of Blues, and Vans Warped Tour in Chicago, to the famous Whisky A Go-Go in West Hollywood.
In 2018, Lever was awarded “Best Rock Entertainer” at the 37th Annual Chicago Music Awards, and in 2017, Lever was voted “Best Rock Band” by the Chicago Reader’s Poll. Alongside their full-length Hover Bored (2015) and their EP Ms. Lead (2017), Lever released their second full-length album, Douse on May 10, 2019. Lever has shared the stage with national touring acts, such as Night Ranger, RED, Radkey, The Dead Deads, Summer Cannibals, Diarrhea Planet, Thunderpussy, Blacktop Mojo, Doll Skin, Saving Abel, City of the Weak, Stitched Up Heart, Darling Parade, and The Composure.
In 2020, Alternative Press named Lever as one of the “10 alternative bands who are keeping ’90s music modern.” https://www.altpress.com/features/alternative-bands-modernizing-the-90s/
Check out Lever’s full Audiotree Live session at https://smarturl.it/AT-Lever
A 4 piece Emo outfit from the south side of Chicago.
TORCH THE HIVE
Lyrically biting, politically raucous, and raw undefined energy, Torch the Hive is Mike Fruel, Tyler Sanders, and Sergio Apanco. Their first two releases touch on the struggles of growing pains, financial hardship and navigating through a politically divided world. After several self-funded national tours, group members were served with an unhealthy dose of reality when presented with issues of addiction and financial losses as a direct repercussion from the pandemic. As a witness to racial and systematic injustice, Torch the Hive gained a new perspective on which direction their music should take. ‘Flamingo’ serves as a proponent to challenge these opposing viewpoints and aims to allow the listener to form their own view.