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Denton, Texas, United States (1996 – 2001)

Lift to Experience was a band from Denton, Texas, United States that formed in 1996 with vocalist and guitarist Josh T. Pearson, drummer Andy Young and bassist Josh Browning.

When the band performed at the SXSW festival in 2000, they impressed Simon Raymonde and Robin Guthrie so much that the duo decided to sign the band to their record label, Bella Union, that same day.

Lift to Experience’s characteristic sound comes from a solo guitar with heavy use of effects pedals and a modified Leslie speaker. The band’s major work, released in 2001, is The Texas Jerusalem Crossroads. The album’s lyrics are replete with Biblical Christian imagery relating to the Second Coming of Christ and a professed love of Texas and the United States. The music features a multilayered Wall of Sound and feedback-driven aesthetic.

According to their label, the band has no plans to reunite. Frontman Josh T. Pearson is currently pursuing a solo career, while Andy Young formed a project with Elbow frontman Guy Garvey, Western Arms. Young now has a band called The Flowers of God who released a four song EP in September 2010, and as of late 2011, Josh Browning also now plays bass in Fort Worth, Texas -styled band Year of the Bear.

http://bellaunion.com/artists/lift-to-experience

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  • CadenMoran

    inbred neojews know how 2 rock LIFT YOUR EXPERIENCE make way for lift em up #liftem up make way for CADEN MORAN

    3 Apr 1:01am Reply
  • saturaviolet

    The world wasn't ready in 2001... [3]

    28 Nov 2013 Reply
  • theealex

    Tantalising, Josh Pearson mentioned in an interview about his solo record that the band had started recording the follow-up to 'Texas Jerusalem Crossroads' before they broke up. Just think, somewhere out there are the beginnings to the album they'd intended to call 'Post-Apocalypse Blues'....

    26 Nov 2012 Reply
  • laneilani

    amazing

    30 Sep 2012 Reply
  • InSearchOfTruth

    The world wasn't ready in 2001... [2]

    7 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Degarmo

    @SeonaidhO Not even that per-say, although it certainly is a credible point. I just have never understood people clamoring for reunion shows, especially when the artists are off doing separate projects which are actually fantastic. I don't want to drag everyone back to a paradigm which has already passed to perform songs I love in a mediocre fashion just to see them doing it. Its defeatist usually. There are exceptions of course.

    20 May 2012 Reply
  • Degarmo

    @SeonaidhO why is one necessary?

    16 May 2012 Reply
  • dPsychc

    This record does the same thing to me as Slint's Spiderland [2]

    22 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Jlectric

    This record does the same thing to me as Slint's Spiderland

    26 Jan 2012 Reply
  • kingofmoke

    The world wasn't ready in 2001...

    23 Nov 2011 Reply
  • shioricoybito

    Victorweg- there isn't any other LTE stuff TO download.

    8 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Victorweg

    Where can I download their stuff? Just found Texas Jerusalem Crossroads and nothing more...

    14 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Harold_Shipman

    FUCKING HELL

    12 Sep 2011 Reply
  • tom_dissonance

    artwork seems pretty decent to me. it kind of continues that theme of the Great American Myth that they play with a lot in the music/lyrics, presenting the band members like a museum display of frontier heroes or something (as well as the whole lone star thing, etc.) the colours are a bit gaudy, i guess, but no way that's not deliberate.

    23 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Wasteroo

    this album deserves less abysmal artwork

    17 Jun 2011 Reply
  • tom_dissonance

    impossibly wonderful band

    29 May 2011 Reply
  • Modus_87

    damn, this is good!

    6 May 2011 Reply
  • IanCad

    thats it for me

    17 Apr 2011 Reply
  • nocturana

    :)

    7 Mar 2011 Reply
  • anakin45

    free download: Country Dumb de Josh T. Pearson: http://www.atticawebzine.com/2011/02/free-download-country-dumb-de-josh-t-pearson/

    3 Feb 2011 Reply
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