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X LEVITATION CULT is the new band from singer/songwriter Joie Calio. In addition to his work in XLC, Joie is also the bassist/singer of the California power trio, dada.

Why X LEVITATION CULT? Because a band needs a name, but there is more to it than that. The band is the mind’s eye of alternative rock singer/songwriter Joie Calio with the studio help of Portland based producer/guitar player Rob Daiker.

“I met Rob a few years ago when his manager recognized me at a concert and suggested we try recording together, he thought we’d be a good musical match. He’s a kick-ass guitar player, and an amazing writer” says Calio. The recordings caught the ear of Baria Record’s President, Eugene Bari.

“When I started writing these songs in Seattle, I wanted to do something that was a bit different from what I had done with dada, and not the same singer/songwriter thing I had done on my first solo CD, The Complications of Glitter. I wanted this to be a bit more rocking, sort of Weezer-ish, but still influenced by like, early Bowie.”

Why call it X LEVITATION CULT? “A friend of mine gave me the idea after I told her about a big levitation party I was at on New Year’s Eve…for real, it was weird.”
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Joie states that he’s wanted to be a musician since he was 14 years old, saying that his first musical influence was three girls that used to baby-sit him, “sort of like hippie go-go girls.

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