Maida Vale Studio 4
BBC Studios, London,
John Peel live session
29th August 2001
Josh Pearson, singer and guitarist of Denton, Texas trio - Lift To Experience declared to Uncut magazine reporter Nick Johnstone, that his intention on starting the band in 1997 was "To combine the guitar texture of My Bloody Valentine's Loveless with the instrumentation of the first Jimi Hendrix record." Mix in some Sonic Youth, Slint, Mogwai and Godspeed You Black Emperor! influences and you can imagine what they sound like.
Their first release was a 500 limited issue 4 track-CD EP 'Falling From Cloud 9' on the Random-Precision label, it also had a further 500 run pressed in 2000. The band then signed to Bella Union - the record label started by the former Cocteau Twins members Robin Guthrie and Simon Raymonde, in 2000. A 7" split vinyl single followed 'Callin' Out To Jesus In The Middle Of The Night' b/w a live cover of the Pyschic TV track 'White Knights' by the band The Autumns. In 2001 they released a CD single on Bella Union, an edited version of 'These Are The Days' along with two live tracks 'With The World Behind' and 'Falling From Cloud 9'
'The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads' a debut-double set, arrived in June 2001. Lyrically a concept about Texas, death and the Apocalypse. Uncut magazine confirmed it's backing of the band by making it their album of the month. The five star review by Allan Jones stated it has "Some of the most spectacularly handsome, guitar-led rock since the invention of the plectrum."
Lift To Experience recorded their first Peel session on 15 April 2001. They followed up with three UK tours in June, August and November. This 45-minute performance was played and broadcast live in front of a small studio audience at Maida Vale for the John Peel BBC Radio 1 show. It was recorded on 29 August, during their second UK tour. All tracks performed here are available on the debut album. The live performance 'Falling From Cloud 9' is nearly twice as long as the album version whereas 'These Are The Days' is cut to half of the album length.
A live set from U.L.U., University Of London Union in April was broadcast as part of the Sound City festival coverage on the John Peel show, giving rise to misleading information circulating on the net about the band recording three Peel sessions. The complete show can be heard here:
John Peel show 19 April 2001
'The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads' was the only album released by Lift To Experience, they broke up in 2002. Josh Pearson returned in March 2011 with the highly acclaimed acoustic solo debut album release 'Last Of The Country Gentlemen.' Now fourteen years later after their demise, Lift To Experience have returned. After three shows in Texas, last week they performed live at the Meltdown Festival in London. A remixed re-release of the album will be forthcoming on Mute records.
Josh Pearson: guitar & vocals
Josh Browning: bass
Andy Young: drums
Lineage: (master FM recording)
BBC Radio 1 FM -> Roof Aerial -> Marantz ST151L Tuner -> Creative Soundblaster Extigy sound card -> CoolEdit Pro -> WAV -> CD-R
Conversion to FLAC:- Original archived CD-R -> EAC -> WAV -> TLH -> FLAC 8 & .ffp
01. Just As Was Told 9:03
02. Falling From Cloud Nine 8:05
03. With Crippled Wings 8:41
04. Ground So Soft 7:18
05. Waiting To Hit 7:10
06. These Are The Days 4:32